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Survey provides reminder of economic power of Louisville’s airports

In normal times, Louisville’s airports are responsible for some 82,723 jobs across the region and have an annual economic impact of around $10.4 billion, according to their latest economic impact survey. Key drivers of the local economy, the Kentucky city’s airports – Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and Bowman Field (LOU) – also usually […]

Dublin Airport’s COVID-19 safety measures endorsed by global health accreditation programme

Dublin Airport ‘s efforts to ensure the safety of its passengers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic have been formally recognised by ACI World’s Airport Health Accreditation programme. The airport health accreditation programme provides airports with an independent assessment of the new health measures and procedures that have been introduced as a result of the […]

TAV committed to ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme

Global operator, TAV Airports, today revealed that three of its airports have been certified under ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme and that they will soon be joined by another eight. Ankara Esenboğa in Turkey, Skopje in Macedonia and Zagreb in Croatia have already received their certification. While Izmir Adnan Menderes, Gazipasa-Alanya and Milas-Bodrum in Turkey; […]

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta introduces touchless feedback technology

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has introduced touchless technology that allows passengers to record their satisfaction levels at the world’s busiest gateway without the need to press any buttons or screens. The new technology from Avius has also been launched at LEGOLAND Florida as the operators of the airport and the theme park search for […]

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 […]

Danish gateway forms new IT company to help digitalise world’s airports

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is to form its own IT company to sell digital services to airports worldwide. Operator, Copenhagen Airports, has joined forces with Netcompany to form Smarter Airports A/S, which it says will be 100% dedicated to developing a new, market-leading digital platform for the efficient and sustainable operation of the airports of the […]

Washington DC airport operator unveils new sustainability plan

Washington DC airport operator, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, is implementing a new sustainability plan designed to improve its facilities environmentally, operationally and financially. Developed in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, it reveals that the plan is the result of a year long effort to interview stakeholders and analyse operations at Washington National, […]

Time to end unfair and economically inefficient aviation taxes – ACI World

ACI World has published a policy brief calling for an end to the “economically inefficient and discriminatory taxation of aviation”, which it believes is hampering the industry’s recovery from COVID-19. The new publication, Policy Brief: Taxation of international air transport and airports – Economic benefits and costs, explores, and provides potential remedies to, the imbalance […]

Hamad becomes first airport to be BSI accredited for COVID-19 health measures

Doha’s gateway to the world has become the first in the world to achieve independent verification from BSI (British Standards Institution) for its implementation of ICAO’s COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocols. The verification for Hamad International Airport (HIA) was conducted following its successful audit for compliance of measures outlined by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery […]

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 […]

Gatwick to introduce a fee for vehicles dropping off passengers

It won’t prove to be a popular move with passengers, but Gatwick Airport today revealed that it will start charging for vehicle drop offs outside its terminals, using the money to help it offset some of its COVID-19 losses. Surprisingly it won’t be the only UK airport to do this when the £5 fee is […]

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 […]

Virgin introduces pre-flight COVID-19 testing for crew

Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK airline to introduce COVID-19 pre-flight testing at its Heathrow base for its cabin crew and pilots. Launched on the September 30 on flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong, the airline plans to extend the trial to Barbados and select services later in October, before a wider roll out […]

Millions of jobs at risk unless aviation industry picks up

Up to 46 million aviation related jobs around the world will be lost due to the severe downturn in air traffic caused by COVID-19, followed by a slow recovery, according to new industry figures released today. Under normal circumstances, aviation and the tourism facilitates support 87.7 million jobs worldwide. Over 11 million jobs are within […]

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport trialling pioneering new touchless technology

Doha’s Hamad International Airport is trialling new check-in kiosks that use infra-red technology to detect passengers’ fingerprints and therefore eliminate the need for them to touch any screens. The kiosks, which utilise happyhover and SITA Mobile Solution technology, are being trialled for contactless self-check-in and baggage drop. The introduction of these advanced smart solutions is […]

Quito’s bounce back from COVID-19 continues to gather pace

Quito International Airport continues its recovery from the worst of COVID-19, welcoming back a significant number of international and domestic flights since resuming operations this summer. Between them Avianca, LATAM and Aeroregional have resumed services to eight domestic destinations – Guayaquil, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Galapagos, Manta, Loja, El Coca and Santa Rosa. While its international route […]

High quality health measures recognised at Montréal-Trudeau

Montréal-Trudeau has followed up its Airport Health Accreditation award by becoming the first Canadian airport, as well as the first facility in Québec, to earn GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). GBAC is a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and GBAC STAR is an international accreditation focused […]

COVID-19 testing before international travel would end need for restrictive quarantine measures

ACI World has today reinforced industry calls for the widespread deployment of COVID-19 testing of international passengers before travel as an alternative to restrictive quarantine measures. As a result of the pandemic, ACI recently revealed that the airport industry is anticipating global passenger numbers to decrease by 5.6 billion with an unprecedented $104.5 billion reduction […]

UK airport group introduces biodegradable security bag

Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton have become the first airports in the UK to trial a new Oxo-Biodegradable 100ml security bag. All three are operated by AGS Airports Ltd, which believes that the new, free, bags will now remove more than two million single-use plastic bags each year across the group. The technology involved ensures the […]

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 […]

Stockholm Arlanda takes delivery of 200 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel

Stockholm Aranda Airport has received a delivery of 210 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from fuel products supplier, Air bp. Purchased by Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, and its partners SOS Alarm, Systembolaget and the 2030 Secretariat, the fuel is part of an initiative to promote the large-scale production of SAF and its use as […]

Airport Health Accreditation for Hyderabad’s gateway to the world

Operator, GHIAL, has announced that Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has achieved Airport Health Accreditation (AHA). The accreditation recognises the airport’s efforts to make it a safe environment for passengers and staff in line with ACI’s Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) Recommendations along with industry best […]

Unique new retail outlet opens at LaGuardia’s Terminal B

Marshall Retail Group (MRG), a WHSmith Group company, has opened its newest airport store in Terminal at New York LaGuardia (LGA). Called the DEAN inside LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the 5,000-square-foot retail space is said to be specifically designed to “the needs of the modern LGA passenger”. According to MRG, it offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, […]

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 solar power plant being built at Melbourne Airport

A new 10 MW solar energy farm is taking shape at Melbourne Airport, which is set to produce enough clean energy to provide power to all four passenger terminals. The renewable solar farm will generate 16.8 GWh of electricity every year, which is almost 15% of the airport’s annual consumption needs. Once live in January […]

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 […]

Miami and Hong Kong gain Airport Health Accreditation

Miami (MIA) and Hong Hong (HKG) have become the latest airports to become accredited under ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme. The initiative recognises the high hygiene standards and procedures in place at both airports, with accreditation seen as an important first step that will help aviation’s recovery from COVID-19. “From the onset of the pandemic, […]

Stuttgart Airport embraces cloud technology

Stuttgart becomes the first airport in Germany to embrace Amadeus’ cloud computing technology for passenger services. More than 200 check-in counters and gates, as well as 30 self-service kiosks have transitioned to to the new technology, which Amadeus says ensures a smoother check-in experience. Thanks to this technology, the migration was handled largely remotely, with […]

BLOG: Pandemic sets the state for AI take-off at airports

Since the arrival of COVID-19, industry commentators have shared a common theme – businesses need to be more tech-smart and flexible, to face the challenging times ahead. For airports, this is nothing new. The digitisation of operations has long been on the radar for all but the smallest. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has often been advertised […]

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 […]

Toronto Pearson achieves Airport Health Accreditation

Toronto Pearson International Airport has become the first Canadian airport to be accredited under ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme. Deborah Flint, president and CEO of operator, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), believes that the award shows how seriously Toronto Pearson is taking COVID-19 and reflects the airport community’s efforts to prioritise the health and wellbeing […]

BLOG: Reducing aviation’s emissions starts before take-off

Aviation has many benefits for our world. Arguably, no other industry has done more globally to connect people, power economies, and enable progress than aviation. For each new generation thus far, aviation has opened new frontiers and created new opportunities for connecting people and ideas. Right now, the aviation industry is working to recover from […]

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 […]

San Antonio turns to robot technology to help combat COVID-19

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has become first airport in the world to purchase and deploy the Xenex LightStrike robot to help it combat COVID-19. The Texas gateway is confident that the locally made machine’s ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection technology will eliminate SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19. “The health and safety of our […]

Vienna calling

Vienna Airport’s Julian Jäger talks to Joe Bates about the ongoing transformation of Terminal 2, surviving COVID-19 and what the future might hold for Austria’s gateway to the world. Julian Jäger is the type of boss that is always upbeat and positive, and despite today’s difficult operating conditions, he has plenty to be optimistic about […]

Hygiene category added to ACI’s annual Airport Service Quality awards

ACI World is to introduce a new ‘Hygiene’ award category to its Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards this year to reflect the changing landscape in customer experience introduced in response to COVID-19. The impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought the global airport industry to a standstill with an estimated reduction in passenger […]

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 […]

Pilots back call to end UK’s constantly changing quarantine measures

UK pilots union, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), today called on the government to listen to IAG CEO, Willie Walsh, and use effective Covid testing as an alternative to punitive quarantine measures. BALPA, which freely admits that it is one of Walsh’s biggest critics, supports his call to end  the constantly changing and travel […]

World in motion

Preparing for the new normal: ACI launches Airport Health Accreditation programme to assess airport health measures, writes external relations and special events manager, Bojana Jeremic. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a global crisis, bringing airports, airlines, and the entire aviation community around the world to a virtual standstill. As the aviation industry begins to […]

Ecuador’s Quito Airport earns Airport Health Accreditation

Quito International Airport continues to lead the way in Latin America by becoming one of the first airports in the region to be accredited under ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation is based on the recommendations of ICAO to establish common sanitary measures and is aligned with the best practices […]

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. […]

SFO brings forward runway upgrade to take advantage of reduced traffic

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is moving forward a runway improvement project by two years to take advantage of the current reduced flight activity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The gateway has decided to act now and complete the project in October 2020 instead of 2022 as originally planned as it believes that it will […]

Munich Airport unveils CO2 eliminating renewable bio-methane powered bus

Munich Airport (MUC) has introduced a A CO2-neutral passenger bus with an innovative drive concept as it strives to reduce its carbon emissions and become an ACI NETZERO gateway by 2050. The bus has been fitted with a generator-electric drive, developed by Rohrbach-based start-up CM Fluids, that has allowed it to be converted so that […]

MIA passengers can now access checkpoint wait times online

Miami International Airport (MIA) today unveiled a new online service designed to help passengers beat checkpoint queues and better manage their journeys through its facilities. According to the Florida gateway, its passengers now have a personal travel assistant available around the clock, ready to tell them the fastest checkpoint for their flight and how to […]

ACI World appoints new operations and safety expert to succeed retiring David Gamper

ACI World has today announced that Thomas Romig, currently head of operations control and development at Geneva Airport, will succeed ACI stalwart David Gamper as director of safety, operations and technical affairs. Gamper’s retirement will mark the end of an era for ACI World as he has been with the organisation since 1992. For Romig, […]

Biometric technology ensures contactless journeys possible at Beijing Capital

New biometric technology can ensure a completely contactless experience for passengers passing through Beijing Capital International Airport. The human-free journey is possible as the airport has completely automated the entire passenger journey using SITA technology – from check-in and bag drop through to immigration, security, and finally boarding. As a result, passengers only need to […]

Ten ways APIs can revolutionise aviation post-coronavirus

One of the most exciting sources of growth in the travel industry today is the increased use of travel Application Programming Interface (API). 

APIs enable business agility and inter-connectedness and are integral to improving customer experiences as well as internal operations. However, according to Mohamed Amin, head of data and APIs at SITA, the aviation […]

Salt Lake City opens new Central Receiving and Distribution Centre

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has opened a new $5.6 million Central Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC) to improve the security screening – and enhance the health and safety – of all goods entering the airport. Operated by Bradford Airport Logistics, the new 22,000sqft facility will receive goods for delivery to the existing airport […]

Airport community relief package extended in Hong Kong

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced that its relief package for the airport community will extend for another two months to end of October 2020 in view of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic and continuing political unrest in Hong Kong has had a huge impact on traffic at Hong […]

Washington Dulles to open new kerb for shared ride pick-ups

Leaving Washington Dulles International Airport by road is about to get a whole lot easier with the August 18 opening of a newly constructed passenger pick-up kerb built to more efficiently accommodate app-based ride services. The kerb, located on the ground level outside of baggage claim, was built to better accommodate transportation network company (TNC) […]

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 […]

Traffic slowly beginning to rise at Munich Airport

Munich Airport (MUC) continues to slowly grow its route network, with the gateway currently served by 45 airlines operating services to 140 destinations. The combination of returning airlines and routes meant that the airport handled around 1,100 take-offs a week in early August. The German airport believes that the upturn in traffic reflects the desire […]

Istanbul becomes first airport to be accredited by new health programme

ACI World and ACI Europe today revealed that Istanbul Airport is the first airport to be accredited through its new Airport Health Accreditation programme. ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force […]

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 […]

BLOG: Don’t forget about the data

With the UK starting to head towards the new abnormal and travel resuming, many industry voices, including Heathrow and Gatwick airports, are calling for measures, such as COVID-19 testing, to encourage the reinvigoration of international tourism. Questions are, however, being raised around the benefits and drawbacks of collecting and processing large quantities of sensitive data. […]

The next step

Professor Zhiqiang Chen, chairman, president and CEO of NUCTECH, gives his thoughts on aviation’s battle against COVID-19 and the new technologies and solutions that will ensure that airports are safe environments for passengers and staff. How do you think passenger journeys and the airport security process will be impacted/changed by COVID-19? I believe COVID-19 will […]

Copenhagen Airports set to reduce workforce as traffic downturn begins to bite

Copenhagen Airports (CPH), arguably one of the world’s best run airport operators, today revealed that its COVID-19 survival plan includes potentially making a quarter of its staff redundant. CPH notes that to “secure its long-term competitive strength”, it will align its organisation to the lower level of activity which the aviation industry is currently experiencing […]

New automated gates open at Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport in Japan has become the latest gateway to introduce e-gates supplied by Vision-Box. The Osaka located airport has opened five banks of 12 pre-security gates (GT11) at Terminal 1 as it strives to ensure a ‘Fast Travel’ experience for passengers. By automating the boarding pass confirmation procedure at the departure gate, the self-scan […]

Small airports and LCCs can lead the US’s recovery

As air traffic across the US recovers from the severe and sudden drop in demand as a result of COVID-19, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) – a well-established and growing aviation consultancy – wanted to get a clearer picture of what is happening at airports across the country. Using information from the Transportation Security Administration […]

New body-scanner security equipment for Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport has installed a new security screening system with technology from Smiths Detection to further improve the screening of passengers and their carry-on luggage. Head of aviation, Michael Thomson, notes that the new machines will provide even better screening of passengers and safer flying at his gateway. “Canberra Airport is open for business with […]

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 […]

Port Authority to extend cogeneration plant agreement at New York JFK

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to extend its deal with Kennedy International Airport Cogeneration (KIAC) Partners to operate, maintain and upgrade the on-airport heating and cooling facility serving the Central Terminal Area at New York JFK. “The Port Authority is thrilled to continue our partnership with KIAC to bring […]

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 […]

Green energy

Anaerobic digestion can help airports become more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint, writes the World Biogas Association’s Jocelyne Bia. As countries prepare for a post COVID-19 recovery, aviation will resume, and the industry will once again be questioned about its impact on the environment and called upon to reduce its carbon footprint. Many […]

Post-COVID buying behaviour changes to trigger travel retail rethink

According to a new consumer insights report, there are positive signals for the industry regarding global travellers’ planned shopping trends, but significant behavioural changes across all shopper segments are to be expected. The report, published by industry research agency m1nd-set, is the latest in a series of studies focusing on how travellers from all world […]

Airport Health Accreditation programme to help combat COVID-19

ACI World has today launched the Airport Health Accreditation programme to assist airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic against global standards. As airports around the world begin to restart and then prepare to sustain continuing operations they are, of course, focused on the health and […]

SOF Connect consortium signs concession contract for Sofia Airport

Sofia Airport will shortly be under new management after the SOF Connect consortium signed the concessionaire agreement for the gateway with the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport. Yesterday’s signing ceremony means that the project has now entered a new phase and SOF Connect partners Meridiam, Strabag and Munich Airport say that they are “looking forward to […]

Asia’s airlines claim more must be done to kick-start international travel

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is urging governments to ease what it claims are “unduly onerous restrictions on international air travel” to re-establish global connectivity with evidence-based measures to safeguard public health. More than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asia Pacific air transport industry notes that it is taking initial steps […]

NEC and SITA join forces to develop secure walk-through airport solutions

NEC Corporation and SITA have agreed to form a global partnership to develop market-leading solutions to make the dream of a secure walk-through travel experience at airports a reality. The partnership comes as airports and airlines increasingly look to low-touch and automated passenger processing in order to comply with new hygiene requirements following the global […]

Quito can return to handling 50% of its airline traffic from August 1

Quito International Airport has been given the green light for air traffic to return to 50% of its pre-COVID-19 levels from August 1 after successfully proving the effectiveness of its coronavirus prevention measures to Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE). The airport has had permission to handle up to 30% of its usual airline frequencies […]

ACI World data demonstrates economic and social power of aviation

ACI World’s World Airport Traffic Report Dataset covering passenger traffic, cargo volumes, and aircraft movements for 2019 provides a timely reminder of why the world needs a healthy aviation industry. In 2019, the world’s airports accommodated 9.1 billion passengers, 120 million metric tonnes of cargo and more than 102 million aircraft movements while the industry […]

Plaza Premium Group lounges begin to re-open across the globe

Plaza Premium Lounge has announced that it has begun to resume operations across the globe with its facilities in Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi, Abu Dhabi, Hyderabad and Vancouver among the first to reopen. Between them they serve over 100 airlines, which include American Airlines, Air China, British Airways, Cathay […]

Airport cities can help future proof airports – new report

The development of airport cities can help future-proof airports post COVID-19, according to a white paper issued today by consultants, NACO. The white paper reports that, with almost 90% of airports revenues being passenger-related, there is a clear need for airports to diversify their revenue streams in order to reduce both revenue volatility and the […]

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 […]

S&P lowers ratings on six European airport operators

S&P Global Ratings today lowered the ratings on four European airports/associated companies (and a further two CreditWatch revisions) as the rating agency anticipates a slower recovery in passenger traffic than first anticipated. The four downgrades are: • Royal Schiphol Group NV (Schiphol). Ratings to ‘A’ from ‘A+’ • Flughafen Zurich AG. Ratings to ‘A’ from […]

Raft of new measures enhance Heathrow’s response to COVID-19

Heathrow today revealed that it has rolled out a “raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling”. The measures include the introduction of UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants, and 100 hygiene-technicians as the airport ramps up its response to COVD-19 and the UK […]

All change?

Lufthansa Consulting’s Catrin Drawer and Andreas Jahnke consider what the impact of COVID-19 is likely to be on the investment appeal of airports across the globe. Does COVID-19 mean that airports have finally lost their mantra of being a safe, long-term investment opportunity for investors? The short answer is ‘no’, because airport investments have never […]

International flights back on the agenda at London City Airport

London City Airport today became the latest gateway to resume international flights as the UK government’s ‘Travel Corridors’ policy come into effect. And, possibly to the surprise of many, the return of flights to popular European holiday destinations from London City Airport (LCY) has been met with massive demand from travellers. According to the airport, […]

Foreign carriers return to Dubai International Airport

Today marked another milestone day in Dubai International Airport’s recovery from the COVID-19 as the UAE gateway welcomed the resumption of scheduled operations by foreign carriers. A total of 13 international airlines resumed scheduled flights this week as Dubai, and Dubai International Airport (DXB), effectively opened for business to overseas tourists from July 7. Airlines […]

New chief commercial officer for duty free operator Gebr Heinemann

Duty free operator Gebr Heinemann has announced that chief commercial officer, Kay Spanger, is retiring after more than 40 years with the Hamburg-based company. Spanger, who will work as an advisor to the company from September until the end of the year, is to be replaced on the Executive Board of Gebr Heinemann by Dr […]

Touchless travel

Airports are leaders in the use of new technology, which will make touchless travel possible and hasten aviation’s recovery from COVID-19, writes Collins Aerospace’s Tony Chapman. There was a time not long ago when commercial airline passengers arrived early at airports to shop at high-end boutiques, eat at nice restaurants and enjoy a cocktail before […]

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 […]

Touchless travel coming to Norway this summer

Norwegian airport operator, Avinor, is rolling out an ambitious end-to-end touchless travel programme to tackle the impact of COVID-19 and help restore traveller confidence ahead of Norway’s summer season. Passengers travelling from any of Avinor’s airports can soon begin to check-in, drop their bags, pass through security, and board the aircraft without interpersonal contact, or […]

In the spotlight: Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City has been one of the Midwest’s key transportation centres for over 150 years, firstly due the railroad and in more recent times because of its airport, and current executive director, Bill Wyatt, has no doubt that this lofty status will be cemented and strengthened by the opening of effectively a new gateway […]

Art immersed store opens in SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1

DepARTures, an all-new, art-immersed store has opened for business at San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1. Purpose built for SFO, DepARTures is said to replicate the character and mood of the local art community by “blending artisan merchandise sourced from San Francisco neighbourhoods with newsstand necessities and new technology to celebrate the modern […]

Virtual help desks open at Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is trialling the use of virtual help desks at its information booths as US airports step up their fight against COVID-19. The technology connects users with a remotely located member of LAX’s guest experience team via a two-way video monitor, and is currently being trialled in Terminal 2. Los Angeles World […]

PPE vending machines open at Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport (MCO) has installed new vending machines that give the travelling public easy access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitisers and other personal protective equipment (PPE). “It is our top priority to make travellers and employees feel safe within our world-class airport,” explains Phil Brown, CEO of  the Greater Orlando Aviation […]

Singapore Changi Airport unveils latest COVID-19 measures

Singapore Changi today announced that it has begun “transforming the passenger experience with new contactless and cleaning innovations for a safer, but yet seamless, airport journey”. It notes that the measures, which include touchless technology and autonomous cleaning robots, will be rolled out airport-wide in preparation for when air travel into and out of Singapore […]

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 […]

ACI World unveils Smart Security Vision 2040

ACI World today released its Smart Security Vision 2040 , which it is confident sets the foundation for achieving a seamless airport security screening experience in a post-COVID-19 operational reality. It is part of the Smart Security programme, which promotes concepts and solutions that take a risk-based approach, increase efficiency, and enhance the passenger experience, […]

BLOG: Technology will help protect ‘Travel Bubbles’

In 2020 new vocabulary has seeped into global consciousness. From ‘new normal’ to the more practical yet equally disliked ‘social distancing’, the additions to this year’s dictionary paint a bleak, dystopian picture, writes SITA’s Jeremy Springall. But in the last few weeks, fresh terms are being met with interest from wanderlust-stricken travellers and cautious optimism […]

Belgrade to utilise Amadeus technology to enhance operational efficiency

Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport has turned to Amadeus to transform check-in and flight management operations with the deployment of its Altéa Departure Control for Ground Handlers solution. According to Amadeus, the solution paves the way for new services to provide passengers with a tailored experience, key to restoring traveller confidence in today’s changed travel environment. […]

Plant-based manufacturer to open complex in Edmonton’s Airport City

Edmonton International Airport’s Airport City continues to grow with the news that manufacturing company, Plant Plus, will shortly become its newest tenant. The company specialises in making plant fibre polymer tech (PFP tech) products such as cups, straws and mobile phone cases that are recyclable and compostable alternatives to plastic or paper. According to Edmonton […]

Edinburgh to introduce antimicrobial security tray technology

Edinburgh Airport is to add antimicrobial technology to the security tray return systems at its security checkpoints. It notes that implementation of antimicrobial technology from Leidos complements other measures it is taking to minimise the spread of bacteria in the airport. This is Leidos’ first order of the antimicrobial security tray technology introduced to mitigate […]

New COVID-19 risk management tool introduced by Etihad

Etihad Airways is to launch a COVID-19 risk-assessment tool that it claims will empower passengers to make informed decisions about travelling. Powered by technology from Austrian-based healthcare technology company Medicus AI, the risk-assessment tool will supposedly guide Etihad’s passengers in evaluating the probability of having contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus by responding to a set of […]

Using technology to help reboot aviation in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19 is massively affecting airfields around the world and of every size, from the mega-hub airports to tiny airfields on Scottish islands and (potentially even) urban air mobility terminals. Demand for passenger aviation had been growing consistently year-on-year, but passenger numbers are currently reduced by over 90%. This year the situation is likely to remain […]

Kazakhstan continues to enhance aviation system

CAA International (CAAi), the technical co-operation arm of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, has completed the first milestone of a major aviation oversight programme to help Kazakhstan adopt a new aviation oversight framework based on the UK system. Over the past nine months, regulatory experts from CAAi have reviewed Kazakhstan’s Primary Aviation Legislation and recommended […]

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 […]

Swedavia boosted by cash injection from Swedish government

Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, has received a SEK3.15 billion cash injection from the government to help it survive the COVID-19 crisis. Swedavia says that the “contribution” from its shareholder, which amounts to around €300,000, will secure the “financial position” of the state owned company. “We welcome our owner’s support in a very difficult situation. Society […]

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 […]

Amsterdam Schiphol still planning to have a ‘Hyperloop’ link

Amsterdam Schiphol today confirmed that it is still looking at introducing a revolutionary ‘Hyperloop’ ground transport link in the future. The new transport system essentially involves pods capable of holding people, freight and cars being transported at super high speeds inside sealed tubes, that theoretically make it possible to travel hundreds of kilometre distances in […]

Frankfurt Airport unveils wind power plans as part of green energy strategy

Frankfurt Airport is set to turn to wind power to provide the bulk of its electricity as part of its ongoing commitment to meeting its climate protection targets. Operator, Fraport AG, has revealed that it intends to agree upon an annual minimum purchase quantity with the operator of an offshore wind farm from no later […]

BLOG: Air travel volatility – three ways airports can beat the uncertainty

Despite IATA’s warning that passenger demand will not fully recover until 2024, flight data consolidator OAG is reporting green shoots of recovery, writes Veovo’s marketing manager, Siobhan Boyle. Travel lockdowns are easing in many regions, with over sixty airlines relaunching services in June. As air traffic ramps up, airports face daunting capacity planning challenges. Pre […]

Struggle goes on for Europe’s airports

ACI Europe reports that Europe’s airports continued to be at an almost complete stand-still during the month of May, with passenger traffic an alarming 98% down on the same period last year. As a result, only 4.3 million passengers travelled through the European network of 500+ airports in May, compared to 216.8 million last year. […]

Sofia Airport concession ratified by Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court

The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has ended almost a year of legal wrangling by confirming that Meridiam and its partner, Munich Airport subsidiary Munich Airport International (MAI), has won the concession to operate and development Sofia Airport. The companies make up the SOF Connect consortium awarded the concession by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Transport in […]

COVID-19 traffic downturn costing daa €1 million per day

Irish airport operator, daa, today revealed that it is currently losing €1 million per day and has lost an estimated €160 million in turnover so far this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that it has operations in 16 countries and that the global pandemic has affected all of its businesses, “which […]

ACC identifies $31.7 billion in renovation related projects at US airports

The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) claims to have identified more than $31 billion in rehabilitation and maintenance projects at 46 US airports, based on responses to one of its surveys conducted earlier this year. In February, it released an updated report providing an overview of more than 100 airports’ upcoming capital development spending needs through […]

Going green

Airport World turns the spotlight on the green initiatives of three North American airports – Québec City Jean Lesage (YQB), San Diego (SAN) and Vancouver (YVR). YVR’s ambitious new Environmental Management Plan Vancouver International Airport’s 2020-2024 Environmental Management Plan (EMP) outlines the gateway’s commitment to become carbon neutral in 2020 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions […]

Interstate flight restrictions begin to lift at Canberra Airport

Canberra Airport has announced that passengers are now able to fly without restrictions to Sydney and Melbourne. Head of aviation, Michael Thomson, said that his gateway is open for business, and passengers are safe and secure to fly to and from Melbourne and Sydney for business and leisure. “We are very excited people can now […]

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 […]

Anti-drone system installed at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport in the UK has invested in a new drone management system to combat the threat of unauthorised drones at the West Country gateway. The airport has agreed a three-year contract with telent and its technology partner Digital Global Systems (DGS) to install the latter’s CLEARSKY Drone Threat Management system. Its implementation at Bristol […]

2020 vision

Airport security screening and passenger flow expert, Cameron Mann, looks back at how security has evolved over the last 10 years and considers what the coming decade might bring for airports and passengers. In a rapidly evolving threat environment, it is worth pausing at the new decade to reflect on the changes in aviation security […]

New guidance for airports to help industry restart and recover

ACI World has today published comprehensive guidance for airports as they prepare to restart operations to assist them in sustaining a business recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The association estimates that the coronavirus crisis will cost airports more than 4.6 billion passengers and around $97 billion in revenue in 2020. The publication […]

Lagardère Travel Retail re-opens outlets in Australia and New Zealand

Lagardère Travel Retail Pacific has begun to re-open some of its stores across the region, starting with a handful of outlets in the domestic terminals at Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Perth and Melbourne this week. According to the travel retailer, the small selection of stores will be used as test cases with restricted trading hours, with […]

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 […]

The future of airport terminal planning post COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has been unprecedented, with ACI recently reporting that air travel is down by 95% from a year ago as a result of the travel ban and lockdowns in many countries. They have also estimated that passenger numbers for 2020 could drop by 40%, representing a significant decline […]

Emirates unveils new hygiene kit as flights resume to 9 destinations

Emirates believes that it has set industry-leading safety standards for its passengers with the introduction of complimentary hygiene kits that include masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser. It states that the new hygiene kits, launched for today’s resumption of services to nine destinations from Dubai International Airport (DXB), show the care being taken at […]

Salvador Bahia Airport is Brazil’s most sustainable gateway

According to a new survey by the country’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Salvador Bahia Airport is the most sustainable gateway in Brazil. Salvador Bahia, part of the VINCI Airports’ network of airports, has been recognised by ANAC for its waste management; energy efficiency; solid waste management; and efforts to protect local wildlife and flora […]

BLOG: The dawn of open architecture

Open architecture, often referred to as ‘open interfaces’ or ‘open platform’, is an emerging trend in the aviation industry, writes Smiths Detection’s global aviation director, Richard Thompson. Open architecture supports the interfacing of equipment, software and algorithms from multiple suppliers to deliver a single integrated solution. For aviation security systems, open architecture can be applied […]

Future thinking

Exploring and developing ways of sharing technology will make airport operations more efficient and cost effective and help transform the passenger journey, writes Sarah Samuel, Amadeus’ head of airport IT for Asia-Pacific. Modern technology is playing an ever-increasing role in ensuring airports can meet the challenges faced today by the industry globally. Whether it’s the […]

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 […]

New ultraviolet (UVC) light kits unveiled by Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection has announced the launch of its new ultraviolet (UVC) light kits, which it states are capable of destroying up to 99.9% of microorganisms present on baggage trays at the security checkpoint. It notes that demonstrating heightened hygiene standards will be important as airports seek to restore the confidence of travellers and staff during […]

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 […]

Europe’s airports on their knees – ACI Europe

ACI Europe today warned that the continent’s airports are “on their knees” and facing irreversible consequences unless air travel can restart, in a COVID-19 safe way, this summer. The warning follows a 98.6% drop in passenger numbers in April, when just 2.8 million people passed through Europe’s 500+ airports. “Europe’s airports are on their knees. […]

TAV agrees to buy Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan

Global airport operator, TAV Airports, has agreed a $450 million fee to buy Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan. The main gateway to Kazakhstan is an important junction in the modern ‘Silk road’ and will become the 15th airport in TAV’s global network. TAV confirms that the deal will see it and investment partner, VPE Capital, purchase […]

BLOG: Airport terminals in a post COVID-19 world

Cast your mind back to February and a typical busy airport scene – the packed check-ins; passengers sitting shoulder-to-shoulder at gate lounges; jostling crowds at baggage carousels; hugs and handshakes at arrival halls. So much has changed in such a short time. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, airport terminals have gone from bustling hubs […]

Australia’s Avalon Airport installs pioneering touchless technology

Avalon Airport is set to become the first gateway in Australia to introduce touchless, self-service technology for passengers. The airport – located between the cities of Melbourne and Geelong – states that the pioneering initiative, courtesy of its partnership with Elenium Automation will ensure both world-class safety and a top passenger experience when the airport […]

Remaining relevant

Melvin Broekaart ponders whether it is time for airports to reconsider their retail business models to successfully compete with online shopping and remain exciting and relevant for decades to come. Whether we like it or not, there is an impactful and irreversible change of reality taking shape in travel retail. The new reality seems to […]

COVID-19 detection trials to start at London Heathrow

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, has told the UK’s House of Commons Transport Committee that COVID-19 detection trials are to start at his gateway as beleaguered Britain steps up its battle against the coronavirus. According to the airport, a key motivation is the desire to drive forward the development of a Common International Standard by trialling […]

Quarantine busting COVID-19 tests available at Vienna Airport

Vienna Airport (VIE) has begun offering COVID-19 tests to passengers as part of a series of initiatives designed to make it safer and easier to visit the Austrian capital. Passengers and employees are already required to wear protective face masks throughout the entire terminal area, which remains open to handle scheduled flights between Vienna and […]

Leidos acquires security detection wing of L3Harris Technologies

Leidos has completed the $1 billion acquisition of L3Harris Technologies’ Security Detection and Automation businesses. The acquired businesses provide airport and critical infrastructure screening products, automated tray return systems and other industrial automation products. They will operate within the Leidos Civil Group, led by president, Jim Moos. Combined with Leidos’ existing cargo and baggage screening […]

Quito Airport ready to resume operations on June 1

Quito Airport has announced that it is working with the airlines and airport community to resume operations on June 1 if given the green light to do so by the Ecuadorian government. The airport, which notes that it has remained open and operational for cargo and repatriation flights for Ecuadorians and foreign nationals throughout the […]

Canberra Airport introduces temperature scanning equipment

Canberra Airport has become the first major Australian airport to introduce body temperature scanning at security as an additional safety measure against COVID-19. The initiative, according to head of aviation, Michael Thomson, shows that Canberra Airport is open for business and a safe and secure place for passengers to use. “Passengers departing Canberra arrive at […]

Hong Kong’s airport begins use of ‘disinfection’ technologies

Hong Kong International Airport has become one of the first major gateways in the world to apply the latest disinfection technologies, including disinfection channels, antimicrobial coating and autonomous cleaning robots to protect passengers and staff from COVID-19 infection. The airport has effectively become the test bed for CLeanTech, a full-body disinfection channel facility, which is […]

Different times

Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, talks to Joe Bates about a record breaking 2019, a long-awaited new runway, his gateway’s 80th birthday and returning to full operations after COVID-19. Aviation, the global economy and life maybe very much on hold for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is no doubting that when […]

Aviation’s need for financial assistance now urgent

The associations of the world’s airports and airlines today joined forces to urge governments to act swiftly with financial grants to help keep their members survive the coronavirus crisis. ACI World and IATA believe that financial aid is vital to assist airport operators and airlines during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, and support the essential connectivity […]

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 […]

Europe looking at ways to restore air connectivity

ACI Europe has today called for full EU co-ordination and alignment on how current restrictions to air travel should be lifted. The call comes as a number of European states have begun to work on the progressive lifting of confinement measures. EU transport Ministers are also due to meet tomorrow to address the challenge of restoring […]

Report outlines new reality for airport retail post COVID-19

According to a survey by Swiss research agency, M1nd-set, over 60% of international travellers will fly again within the first three months of COVID-19 travel restrictions being lifted. The report, based on feedback from 1,500 consumers in the first half of April, aims to find out how passengers have been affected by COVID-19 and when […]

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 […]

‘Sustainable aircraft taxiing trial launched at Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol and its partners have begun what it is calling a sustainable aircraft taxiing trial using a vehicle known as a ‘taxibot’. Belonging to Smart Airport Systems and one of only ten in the world, Schiphol’s taxibot is powered by a hybrid combination of electric and diesel engines that is expected to reduce airline […]

Time to evolve?

Honeywell’s growth sales leader for airports, Gert Taeymans, explains how adopting an operating expenditure (OPEX) business model and new technology can help airports optimise operational efficiency. Today’s airports face a number of new business dilemmas, one of which is to improve the airport experience for passengers at the same time as handling more traffic than […]

ACI reminds world about economic importance of aviation

ACI World has provided a timely reminder about the importance of aviation to the global economy by revealing that the industry generated close to $180 billion in revenue in 2018. The significant sum will, of course, be in stark contrast to this year, with the association predicting that airport revenues could fall by up to […]

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 […]

Aviation to reset as passenger traffic hits rock bottom in Asia-Pacific

ACI Asia-Pacific believes that passenger numbers across the region have hit “rock bottom” based on new traffic figures that show a 95% decrease in throughput at 18 of the region’s busiest airports. The year-on-year traffic figures are for airports in the major aviation markets of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. According to ACI Asia-Pacific, initial […]

Federal funding for Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) is to receive $207 million in funding from the federal government to help it get through the coronavirus crisis. The payment, the biggest in Florida to date under the US government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program – will be used to support the airport’s ongoing […]

London Stansted to use downtime to refurbish runway

London Stansted Airport is to use the unprecedented grounding of aircraft across the globe as a unique opportunity to move planned overnight runway maintenance works to daytime hours. Stansted’s 3,048 metre runway undergoes full re-surfacing work every 10 to 15 years but, as with other busy airports, regular heavy maintenance also takes place twice a […]

Cargo volumes soar at Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in southern California has become the latest gateway to report a huge rise in cargo volumes since the start of the coronavirus crisis. The airport admits that while its terminals have been quiet for much of last month, air cargo shipments into and out of ONT soared by 22% in March, […]

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport re-opens for business

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China has begun handling commercial flights again and Lagardère Travel Retail has responded by re-opening its stores at the gateway, ending a 76-day lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The travel retailer notes that “stringent hygiene and security measures remain in place to protect staff and travellers”. For the first […]

The A-Z of global airport operators

Joe Bates find out more about the ambitions, business philosophies and development plans of 28 operators with a global portfolio of airports. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) World Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa. Airports 100% owned and operated: Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Cape Town, Durban–King Shaka, Upington, East London, George, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Bram Fischer (Bloemfontein) airports […]

Fantastic journey!

AviaDev Europe’s managing director, Juraj Toth, discusses the economics of route development and the global value of aviation. In the past few months, the aviation industry has become an easy target in the global fight against climate change. People all around the world, but especially in Europe, have been pointing fingers at air transport as […]

New Zealand regional airports “shocked” at potential loss of ATC services

Seven regional airports have announced their “shock” that Airways NZ, the national air traffic management organisation, wants to discuss the removal of air traffic control at their facilities in the wake of COVID-19. Napier, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Invercargill Airports, and the flight information service at Kapiti Coast and Milford Sound Airports, are reeling […]

Hong Kong airport’s CEO and executive team to take pay cuts

Fred Lam, the CEO of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has agreed to take a voluntary 20% pay cut for six months as part of the latest measures to help Hong Kong International Airport get through the coronavirus crisis. “The entire aviation industry is facing unprecedented difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Lam. “The […]

Aerotropolis business magnets

How are the world’s airport city/aerotropolis developments faring? Some hugely ambitious projects in the Asia-Pacific region come under the microscope in the first of a two-part global review by Dr John Kasarda. Today’s airports are powerful business magnets and metropolitan region economic accelerators. Functioning much like central train stations of our urban past, they increasingly […]

Corporacíon América Airports outlines revised 2020 business plan

Global airport operator, Corporación América Airports (CAAP) has announced that it experienced a 14.6% drop in EBITDA in 2019 and outlined a number of business measures designed to guide it through the coronavirus crisis. Fiscal highlights in 2019 are said to include a year-on-year rise of 9.3% in consolidated revenues to $1.5 billion, while passenger […]

Singapore Changi to consolidate terminal operations from May 1

Singapore Changi has become the latest airport to announce plans to downsize its operations during the coronavirus crisis, closing Terminal 2 from May 1. Operator, Changi Airport Group (CAG), says that move is in response to “the steep decline in passenger traffic and the likelihood that air travel demand will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels […]

THE BUYING GAME

Simon Morris, vice president at ICF International, reviews some of the major airport transactions of last year and speculates what deals could be in store for 2020. Last year confounded the airport transaction pessimists with a high volume of good quality assets sold at healthy prices. And, although secondary sales predominated, there were nonetheless some […]

EATING OUT!

Dubai’s new food court of the future, Australia’s first working brewery inside an airport and Irish food and drink taking centre stage at Dublin Airport are on the menu in our global retail/F&B round-up. HMSHost International claims to have opened the food court of the future with the unveiling of its 170sqm Food Village at […]

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

GOING GREEN!

Karl Lyndon, global aviation sector leader at integrated engineering consultancy, BuroHappold, explores the growing focus on greening airport terminal buildings. The aviation sector has been attracting a lot of attention recently – and not all of it for the right reasons. The new trend of ‘flight shaming’ in a bid to discourage air travel and […]

UNIVERSITY’S £1 MILLION GRANT TO FIND NEW SECURITY SCREENING SOLUTIONS

Airport security queues could be slashed and screening for weapons could become much more effective after Queen’s University Belfast researchers have been awarded £1 million to develop a ground-breaking solution. Dr Okan Yurduseven from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology at Queen’s has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award to develop technology […]

LONDON HEATHROW DEPLOYS NEW ANTI-DRONE TECHNOLOGY

London Heathrow has deployed a bespoke anti-drone system to protect the UK’s busiest airfield from drones and the type of disruption they caused at London Gatwick in December 2018. The new technology, provided by Operational Solutions, has been deployed at Heathrow as part of the airport’s end-to-end counter drone measures to help to keep its […]

EXTRA SECURITY TRAINING FOR BAHRAIN’S AIRPORT BASED MINISTRY OF INTERIOR STAFF

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) is to start providing annual civil aviation security training to all Ministry of Interior (MOI) staff based at the airport, including the new police and customs officers that will be required for the new terminal. BAC announced the news today following the signing of an agreement with Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), […]

READY FOR THE FUTURE?

What new technologies are on the horizon and how many of these can we expect to find commonplace at airports in 10 to 15 years’ time? Arturo García-Alonso considers some options. When thinking about the future for airports, both as an industry and in the broad sense, it is wise to be pragmatic and try […]

ON THE MAP

The utilisation of geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology has helped Reno- Tahoe International Airport become an economically competitive hub, writes Esri’s Terry Bills. Airports play an increasingly important role in connecting economies, strengthening global supply chains, and driving regional development. Owned and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA), Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) currently […]

GO WITH THE FLOW

John Thompson, Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s associate director for IT, explains how Toronto Pearson is using new technology to streamline the flow of passengers and staff through its facilities. It takes a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to keep airport operations running smoothly, and Toronto Pearson International Airport is no exception. In an […]

WINDS OF CHANGE

Airports have a reputation for caution when it comes to adopting cloud technology, but Baku in Azerbaijan is defying expectations, writes Yannick Beunardeau, Amadeus’ vice president for airport IT. In June this year, Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport did what no airport in history has done before and moved its entire operations to the cloud. […]

EASY COME, EASY GO

Airport World reviews a handful of the technology-driven initiatives driving passenger facilitation improvements at airports across the globe. World’s first passport-free pilot project between two countries Passengers travelling between Amsterdam Schiphol and Toronto Pearson and Montréal-Trudeau airports on Air Canada and KLM flights will be able to enjoy paperless travel from 2020 following the launch […]

TODAY’S SPECIAL

Alex Avery, Pragma’s managing director for airports, travel and commercial spaces, discusses how food and beverage is transforming airport retail. Whilst the challenges of delivering growth in retail are well documented, F&B continues to be the star performer for many airports. Pragma has seen annual growth in spend per passenger of up to 15% in […]

THE POWER OF BRANDS

Interbrand strategy consultant, Jan Glanzmann, considers the value and transformative power of a strong brand, which he believes have grown from nice-to-have to must have assets. I am often asked what I consider to be a company’s biggest single asset, and in many cases, it is the brand. The brand value of one of the world’s […]

TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Collins Aerospace’s Tony Chapman explains how new technology will help airports meet growing passenger expectations and boost their bottom lines. High-end boutiques, five-star restaurants, cinemas, golf courses, even indoor parks and waterfalls … no longer the sole domain of luxury destinations, these are just a few of the amenities you’ll find in modern airports around the world. […]

GOING GREEN

Spotlight on LAX’s handling of aviation’s most eco-friendly commercial flight, Gatwick reducing its noise footprint and the recycling efforts of Detroit Metropolitan. LAX makes history on World Environment Day Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) claims to have welcomed the most eco-friendly commercial flight in aviation history on World Environment Day. Operator, Los Angeles World Airports […]

BEYOND BORDERS

Irish airport operator, daa, has business interests across the globe courtesy of its wholly owned subsidiaries, writes daa International CEO, Nick Cole. The daa Group is made up of four distinct businesses; Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, daa International and Aer Rianta International. My company, daa International, is a wholly owned subsidiary of daa plc, whose […]

CATERING TO CONSUMERS

Embracing the latest trends and seizing the opportunities created by a constantly evolving retail market will allow airports to sustain and grow non-aeronautical revenues, writes Chris LeTourneur. Airport retailing has always been a critical element of the passenger experience, not only to serve basic convenience and dining needs but to generate non-aeronautical revenues. For international […]

ACCESS DENIED

Drone sightings that have forced the temporary closure of a handful of airports across the globe ensure that anti-drone technology and perimeter security is well and truly in the spotlight in 2019, writes Genetec’s Andrew Elvish. I get the opportunity to travel a lot and this has afforded me an excellent view into how airports are […]

THE FUTURE IS GREEN

Air Transport Action Group’s executive director, Michael Gill, encourages airports to be more vocal in promoting their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. The global aviation industry has one of the clearest and most wide-ranging climate action plans of any sector. By 2050, we aim to cut net CO2 emissions from our operations in flight […]

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

New concessions, store openings and the power of sense of place retail come under the microscope in our round-up of the latest retail/F&B stories from across the globe. Grand Ole contract for Fraport USA! Wholly-owned Fraport subsidiary, Fraport USA, has taken over the management of the retail and F&B operations at Nashville International Airport (BNA). […]

INVESTING IN INNOVATION

IT can help airports keep pace with rising demand and meet growing passenger expectations, writes Bruno Spada, head of airport IT at Amadeus. The airport as we know it is evolving in response to a continually changing operating environment where more demands than ever before are being placed on them to up their game. Firstly, passenger […]

THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE

AOE’s Kian Gould provides his thoughts on how the key players can thrive in a changing travel retail world. Travel retail today is a vastly different industry than it was five years ago, let alone ten or twenty. Changing demographics; the ubiquity of low-cost carriers; declining per passenger spend, despite steadily increasing passenger numbers; changed […]

ALWAYS LEARNING

Kevin Riordan, head of airports and checkpoint solutions at Smiths Detection, considers how artificial intelligence can help airport security. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to permeate every aspect of daily life, from garnering film recommendations on Netflix, through to fraud detection and cognitive robotics, and airport security is no exception. Machine learning is key to supporting […]

TIME TO GET PERSONAL

Gensler’s Ty Osbaugh and Lee Billington discuss how enhancing the passenger experience, embracing cutting edge IT and taking cues from the hospitality industry hold the key to designing world class airports. Across the globe, new terminal facilities are rising in the world’s growing cities. Whether expanding a major global hub or transforming an existing terminal, […]

GOING GLOBAL

Joe Bates finds out more about the history, plans and future ambitions of a handful of global airport investors at different stages of their development and investment cycles. The news that owner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), is set to pocket close to £3 billion later this year from the sale of a 50.01% stake in London’s Gatwick […]

THE BUYING GAME

Modalis chief executive, Curtis Grad, provides his annual review on private-sector investment in the global airport market, taking stock of 2018’s biggest deals, success stories and other transactions that didn’t quite get across the line. In terms of the number or size of transactions, 2018 was far from a banner year for the industry, although […]