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Renderings for Portland’s new terminal show glimpse of the future

Portland International Airport (PDX) is 80 years old today, and it has chosen the milestone to share a sneak peek of what its new $1.5 billion main terminal will look like when it opens in 2025. PDX operator, the Port of Portland, has no doubt that the new terminal and other planned projects will ensure […]

Sihanouk celebrates completion of runway extension and airfield upgrade

Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport is today celebrating the completion of the extension and renovation of its runway, an upgrade that will effectively allow it to handle direct long-haul flights operated by bigger aircraft. The airport, which serves as the gateway to the country’s main seaside resort, now boasts a 3,300m long runway, which has been […]

Munich Airport subsidiary wins cargo concession in El Salvador

Munich Airport International (MAI), the international management and consulting arm of Munich Airport, is to expand its influence to Central America by developing and operating a new cargo terminal at San Salvador’s El Salvador International Airport. MAI, part of the SOF Connect consortium which this summer signed finalised the concession agreement to operate and develop […]

The Green Gateway wins Fentress Architects’ global design competition

The votes are in and The Green Gateway – a zero-emission, highly sustainable multimodal hub – has been named as the winner of the 2020 version of the Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) design competition. Launched by Fentress Architects in 2011, the annual global student design competition represents a key part of the firm’s commitment to advancing […]

Sustainable design: Playing the long game

Sustainable design must be high on the agenda of the world’s airports post COVID-19 to enable the industry to build back better, writes Roger Swinbourne, Arup’s sustainability leader for the Australasia region. Sustainability is a concept that aims to optimise outcomes for human and natural environments, both now and with a view to the long-term […]

New York’s airport operator unveils pioneering ‘Clean Construction Program’

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has announced the implementation of a Clean Construction Program, which it claims is one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind among US transportation agencies as it is designed to reduce carbon emissions throughout the design and construction processes. This important measure ensures that […]

BLOG: Making terminals safer through HVAC design

Like many other industries across the globe, with the pandemic still in full swing, airports around the world continue to add enhanced layers of protection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers, and optimising the ventilation systems in terminals to improve the air quality is one of them. Here are some ways airports are […]

New Salt Lake City International Airport opens for business

Today at 4am local time, Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) turned the key and opened the first phase of The New SLC Airport. As the lights dimmed on the existing airport, the lights brightened on a new parking garage, gateway centre, central terminal and Concourse A-west. Delta Air Lines will occupy the 25 […]

Funding secured for airfield upgrade at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport

Fraport owned Lima Airport Partners (LAP) has signed a $450 million financing agreement for an airside development programme at Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. Four international banks – comprising KfW IPEX-Bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – are providing the loan. Fraport’s and LAP´s finance […]

Global design competition offers glimpse of the airport of the future

It is time to take a look at the possible airports of tomorrow courtesy of Fentress Architects’ 2020 Fentress Global Challenge (FGC). Fentress today announced the 22 entries that have been shortlisted in its annual airport design competition, which this year garnered more than 100 entries from students in over 15 countries. This year’s competition […]

New terminal still a priority for Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has released some new CGI images of the proposed new terminal it hopes to shortly receive the green light to build. The new images show what the new look check in hall, departures lounge and arrivals gate could look like if the complex is approved. Large glass fronted […]

Egis to assist in upgrade of Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport

Egis and local subsidiary, Projacs, has signed a contract to deliver project management consultancy services for airside projects at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (KKIA). KKIA is managed and operated by Riyadh Airports, which is currently working on upgrading the airside infrastructure at Saudi Arabia’s capital city airport, adding new services and facilities that it […]

Toronto Billy Bishop wins environmental achievement award

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has won ACI-NA’s Environmental Achievement Award for Environmental Improvement with Limited Resources for the airport’s updated Master Plan. The updated plan was released in November 2019 after a two year public consultation and stakeholder engagement programme and focuses on areas such as infrastructure requirements, activity forecasting, environmental initiatives and future planning. […]

London City Airport to pause expansion programme at end of 2020

London City Airport has decided to temporarily pause its Capital Development Programme (CADP) at the end of the year upon completion of new aircraft stands, a full-length parallel taxiway and new passenger facilities. Since recommencing commercial flights on June 21, the airport has welcomed back four airlines, including its home-based carrier, BA City Flyer, and […]

Design-Build Institute of America impressed by SFO’s Grand Hyatt Hotel

San Francisco International Airport’s on-site hotel, the Grand Hyatt at SFO, has won a Project/Team Award in the ‘Commercial/Office’ category in the Design-Build Institute of America”s 2020 National Awards. It will now compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo Awards Ceremony […]

Cutting edge airport robotics

Aviad Amalgor reports on the use of one of Boston Dynamics’ autonomous robot dogs during the ongoing revamp of Denver International Airport’s Great Hall. Performing construction work in an operating airport is a complex and challenging project. Doing so in one of the busiest airports in the world is even more demanding and requires an […]

LaGuardia’s Terminal B set for another milestone on August 5

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) today announced that it will officially open the first seven gates of the Western Concourse of the new state-of-the-art Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport on August 5, 2020. With the opening of these seven gates, Terminal B is one step closer to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of a 21st century LaGuardia […]

Nashville’s new Concourse D to open for business

Nashville International Airport’s new Concourse D will handle its first flights today, with Southwest Airlines operating the first services from the six new gates at the complex. “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and everyone associated with Nashville International Airport [BNA], I wish to express our excitement with this excellent addition to our airport […]

New desert mirage inspired airport set to open in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a new airport to serve what has been described as a new “ultra-luxury destination” on its Red Sea coast. The new destination is called AMAALA and the airport, which is slated for completion in 2023, will boast a design that that is said to have been inspired by the […]

Virgin Australia flight to Cairns to open Brisbane’s new runway

Virgin Australia will be the first airline to depart on Brisbane’s new runway when it officially opens on Sunday. After eight years of construction and five decades of planning, the new and efficient runway system will provide Brisbane Airport with the greatest runway capacity of any capital city airport in the country. The A$1.1 billion […]

Road to recovery

Airport World provides a global snapshot of how airports have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and are planning for a brighter future. While passenger traffic has almost ground to a halt across the world, air cargo volumes have soared at many airports in the first four months of 2020 as they handled vital goods and […]

GMR subsidiary signs agreement to build new Indian airport

GMR Airports Ltd (GAL) today confirmed that that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed an agreement with the government of Andhra Pradesh to build and develop a new greenfield  airport at Bhogapuram. The airport will be designed, financed, built and operated by GMR Visakhapatnam International Airport Limited (GVIAL) in exchange for a 40 year […]

Healthy building certification for SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1

It appears as if aviation has another new facility to be proud of as San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has become the first airport terminal in the world to achieve Fitwel certification, a building rating system that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was […]

Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport unveils ambitious new master plan

Cambodia’s Sihanouk International Airport has unveiled a new master plan to accommodate its projected traffic growth for the next 20 years. Construction of a second passenger terminal between now and 2030, extending the airport’s runway by 800 metres to 3,300 metres, a new taxiway and additional aircraft stands are the key projects of Phase 1 […]

Istanbul’s new airport awarded LEED Gold certification

Istanbul’s new $10.2 billion airport has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Build Council (USGBC). The award recognises the sustainability efforts that went into designing and constructing the airport’s terminal, which becomes the largest LEED certified building in the world. Commentating on award, Kadri Samsunlu, CEO and director general at İGA Airport […]

Leading the way

The innovative, efficient and sustainable design of airport terminals is nothing new to the Asia-Pacific region, writes Terence Seah, director of Benoy Singapore. Asia-Pacific (APAC) is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, with passenger numbers more than quadrupling over the last 15 years and both ACI and IATA forecasting that the region […]

Work continues on upgrade of Vienna Airport

The €500 million expansion of Vienna Airport continues, with the gateway’s joint CEO, Julian Jäger, recently sharing a post on social media showing the ongoing transformation of Terminal 2. The facelift is part of the Austrian airport’s ambitious development programme, which will see also see it add a 70,000sqm extension to Terminal 3 by the […]

Leeds Bradford Airport submits new terminal plans

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has submitted its planning application to build a new, state-of-the-art replacement terminal by 2023. The proposal aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, and support the region’s economic prosperity. Submitted to Leeds City Council, the plans, first announced in […]

Aerotropolis engines beyond Asia

Aerotropolis concept leader, Dr John Kasarda, provides an update of airport city and aerotropolis developments in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and considers the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on aviation and future developments. Last issue, I described how the Asia-Pacific region leads airport city and aerotropolis development. Other world regions are […]

Brisbane completes construction of new runway

Brisbane Airport (BNE) and construction partner Skyway are today celebrating the practical completion of the gateway’s new runway. Airport CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, recognised the milestone event, but noted that while today marked the end of the project, its was just the beginning for BNE and operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC). “In many respects this […]

BLOG: The impact of COVID-19 on airport planning and design

Though COVID-19 has severely crippled global air travel, the industry will rebound, write HOK director of aviation and transportation, Robert Chicas, and regional aviation and transportation leader, Matt Needham. Past epidemics and pandemics such as SARS, swine flu, MERS, Ebola and Zika virus disrupted global air travel to different degrees. But the severity of COVID-19 […]

Beijing Capital to revamp Terminal 3’s retail offerings

Beijing Capital International Airport has appointed a UK based airport design consultancy to help it redevelop the commercial planning and design of the international departure lounge in Terminal 3. The world’s biggest terminal building when it opened in 2008, Terminal 3 – known locally as the Dragon terminal –  has arguably been an iconic symbol of […]

Istanbul Airport’s third parallel runway ready for take-off

It might not be needed just now, but Istanbul Airport hopes to get the green light to officially open its fifth runway this summer. The new $10.2 billion gateway wants to open its third independent parallel runway on June 18 to ensure that it is even better equipped to handle daily operations when aviation returns […]

BLOG: Healthy airports: What terminals will look like post-pandemic

The aviation industry has certainly felt the hit of COVID-19 – turning the green numbers into red in a matter of weeks or even days. With that said, this pandemic also reminds us of moments in history like 9/11, SARS, or financial recessions, when aviation took a hard hit, but returned from crisis and recovered […]

BIG PLANS FOR NEWARK LIBERTY

HOK’s Carl Galioto and William Kenworthey outline the vision to transform Newark Liberty into an airport city connected to rail, commerce and community. HOK recently collaborated with the New York Building Congress on a report outlining ambitious enhancements to transform Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) into an airport city. Recognising the potential for airports to offer the speed, […]

BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

Scott Macpherson considers the infrastructure challenges facing US airports and how best practices can help control their construction costs. The aftermath of another hectic holiday travel season provides a great opportunity for a reality-check regarding the state of American airports. Of the 32 million fliers who took to the skies during Thanksgiving 2019, many encountered […]

LAB TEST

Nova was the videoly that we all wanted to read in the Sixties because every issue brought something new and relevant to our lives: extraordinary fashion by Molly Parkin; innovative layouts and photographs by Harri Peccinotti; articles about the Pill and our new sexual freedom and a different take on beauty, fashion and celebrity – for one incredibly complicated story, we revamped the Queen. Our editor, Dennis Hackett, always thought outside the box a

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Airport World turns the spotlight on a handful of the US’s leading airport architectural firms and some of the pioneering projects they are working on or have recently completed. Architect: Fentress Architects Project: Solving the capacity capacity crunch in Nashville  In 2018, Nashville International Airport (BNA) welcomed a record 14.9 million passengers, setting an all-time […]

TERMINALLY CHALLENGED

ACI-NA president and CEO, Kevin Burke, outlines the infrastructure development challenges facing US airports over the next five years and beyond.1.0.0.20 Fresh off a chaotic holiday travel season and the busiest summer season on record, 2019 has marked another impressive year in passenger and cargo traffic at America’s airports. US airports remain some of the […]

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Joe Bates takes a closer look at the design and development of China’s new mega hub, Beijing Daxing International Airport. The world’s newest major airport, Beijing Daxing, opened for business in late September as China marked another major milestone in the modernisation and expansion of its aviation infrastructure. The new $12.9 billion gateway is one of the […]

COOL RUNNINGS

Mark Fosbrook of BakerHicks explains how Formula 1 techniques are being used to fast track better airport design.1.0.0.20 Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a technique best-known to Formula One racing teams, where it has superseded air tunnels in their search to gain maximum aerodynamics by modelling airflows. It has also been adopted by the aerospace, […]

HUMAN TOUCH

Curtis Fentress, founder and principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects, considers the importance of building people friendly terminals that enhance passenger journeys. Much is written about the human need for connection and the resulting social, emotional, even economic benefits it affords. In fact, in 2018, the World Economic Forum published Why the Secret to […]

PROJECT WATCH – FRANKFURT AIRPORT

New state-of-the-art Terminal 3 to raise the airport’s capacity to in excess of 90 million passengers per annum. Project details Location: Frankfurt, Germany Important developments: New Terminal 3 Scheduled completion: 2023 Principal companies involved: Fraport AG; Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH; Christoph Mäckler Architects Total investment: Up to €4 billion Frankfurt Airport has laid the cornerstone for its new Terminal 3, […]

THE BOTTOM LINE

Some of the biggest airport seating companies in the world provide their thoughts on the importance of seating, the latest trends and the challenges of changing passenger dynamics. Paul Williams, CEO of the Zoeftig Group Why should airports care about seating? The passenger experience is coming more into focus and the provision of seating in […]

TIME TO BOARD?

Investing in hotel accommodation is a strategic move that more airports could be capitalising on to boost revenues and customer satisfaction levels, writes ICF’s Stephen Freibrun. The buzz around airport hotels has taken off in recent months – from May’s opening of the hotly anticipated TWA Hotel at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport (pictured […]

OASIS IN THE DESERT

Airport World takes a closer look at Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport, Israel’s new $470 million gateway to Eilat. Israel has opened its first commercial greenfield gateway, Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport (Ramon-Eilat), located in the Timna Valley, about 18 kilometres north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Commissioned by the Israel Airports Authority […]

JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Airport World finds out more about Singapore’s new mega retail, hospitality and leisure development, Jewel Changi Airport. The eagerly awaited opening of Singapore Changi’s mega retail and lifestyle development, Jewel Changi Airport, has arguably taken non-aviation related activities at an airport to a new level and provided one of the world’s biggest hubs with a […]

WORK IN PROGRESS

The new $11 billion Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China’s Sichuan Province is beginning to take shape ahead of its early 2020s opening, writes Joe Bates. Sichuan Province’s planned new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is being designed by the China Southwest Architectural Design & Research Institute Corp Ltd (CSWADI) in partnership with ADP Ingénierie. Located […]

NEXTT ON THE AGENDA

ACI World’s security, facilitation and IT director, Nina Brooks, tells us more about how the New Experience Travel Technologies (NEXTT) initiative can help shape the future of air travel. Aviation is on a journey towards a healthy and sustainable future. Air travel is as popular as ever, and the recent release of ACI World’s Annual […]

WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT!

Vancouver International Airport’s expanded International Pier D will boast its own forest of towering Western Hemlock trees, writes Joe Bates. With its Totem poles, a giant jade canoe and its own aquarium, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is already one of the world’s best loved gateways for its unique sense of place, and its ambience designed […]

ASIA’S BIG BUILD

Asia-Pacific is the hottest place on the planet for airport development projects, writes Joe Bates. ACI’s Asia-Pacific region remains the hottest ticket in town for infrastructure development with a number of new airports being built while existing gateways continue to add new facilities. In fact, as ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau, revealed earlier this […]

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

Vietnam’s planned new Long Thanh International Airport promises to be one of the most modern, innovative and exciting gateways in Asia-Pacific, writes Heerim’s Byungkoo Lee. Vietnam’s much-awaited new international airport is set to be built in Long Thành, Dong Nai Province, around 40 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City. Slated to open in 2025, […]

ALL INCLUSIVE

It is important to practice inclusion and diversity in the design process as it positively impacts on the terminal design and improves the level of customer service, writes Jacobs’ Keith Hui. I recently had the opportunity to revisit an airport terminal I worked on 20 years ago. I had not returned since its construction and my […]

BORN IN THE USA

Joe Bates takes a closer look at a handful of airport development projects making headlines in the US in the final quarter of 2018. Skanska USA and LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) are celebrating the completion of the new eastern concourse at , the first major milestone in the $5.1 billion transformation of the terminal into […]