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New government funding to help modernise the UK’s airspace

The UK government claims that faster, quieter and greener flights are one step closer today thanks to an extra £3.7 million being invested in redesigning the UK’s ‘motorways in the sky’. It says that the funding will support a programme to modernise the UK’s airspace for the first time since the 1950s, “helping the aviation […]

Domestic traffic drives 2021 traffic growth at Pulkovo

Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport handled 18.1 million passengers last year – an impressive 66% up on 2020 and just 8% down on its pre-COVID best in 2019. According to operator, Northern Capital Gateway LLC, Pulkovo accommodated 15.5 million passengers on domestic flights, marking an 28% increase compared to 2019. Top domestic destinations were Moscow, Sochi, […]

Helsinki becomes the world’s most named airport!

Finavia today revealed that almost 15,000 people have had Helsinki Airport named after them in its latest customer service initiative. Traditionally, airports around the world have been named in honour of a city, region or country’s favourite sons and daughters – Warsaw Chopin Warsaw Airport, Mother Theresa Tirana International Airport and Louisville Muhammad Ali International […]

Brisbane readies for the return of quarantine free travel

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed today’s announcement that Queensland’s international borders will reopen without restrictions for international travellers from Saturday. The news means that from Saturday, double-vaccinated international travellers will no longer have to undertake quarantine. Commenting on the development, BAC CEO, Gert-Jan de Graaff, enthused: “This is an incredibly exciting day for everyone […]

Melbourne Airport unveils new pop-up gin shop

Lagardère Travel Retail has joined forces with Four Pillars to bring a pop-up gin shop to Terminal 1 at Melbourne Airport. Open now, the one-stop gin shop offers a selection of Four Pillars gins, including core and limited releases. A select range of ‘Made from Gin’ products is also available to purchase, including Breakfast Negroni, […]

Santiago’s new terminal will be a uniquely Chilean surprise and delight

The impressive new terminal at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, will officially open on Sunday, January 23rd, writes Stanis Smith. It has taken about ten years to go from conception to completion of the facility, which is the largest new terminal to have been completed in Latin America in recent times, […]

Frankfurt Airport reports 32% upturn in passengers in 2021

Frankfurt Airport handled 24.8 million passengers in 2021 – a 32% increase on 2020 when global passenger numbers plummeted amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. After the third lockdown in May 2021, the easing of travel restrictions led to a noticeable recovery in demand for air travel, reveals airport operator, Fraport AG. In particular, […]

Quick and easy

Airport World reports on the opening of the world’s first digital duty free vending machine, the introduction of automated pizza kitchens at airports and the growth of food pick-up and delivery services. The duty free industry recently celebrated a new first at Geneva Airport – the launch of the world’s first digital duty free vending […]

London City Airport expecting “a strong recovery” in 2022

Whilst acknowledging that tough times continue for aviation, London City Airport (LCY) today revealed that it is expects to experience “a strong recovery” this year. Its optimism is based on “pent up passenger demand”, which it expects to trigger a surge in growth in 2022, along with the reintroduction of three quarters of its pre-COVID […]

Electric propulsion – the future of sustainable aviation?

The Paris Agreement on climate change came into force in November 2016, with a goal of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC, but preferably to 1.5ºC, compared to pre-industrial levels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), CO2 emissions from aviation in 2019 equated to around 2.8% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel […]

Customer pays €488,000 for bottle of whisky at Istanbul Airport

A rare bottle of whisky on offer at a duty free store in Istanbul Airport has been sold for an incredible €488,000. Described as an extremely limited Yamazaki 55 year old whisky, it had been on sale at one of Unifree Duty Free’s outlets at the airport since December 2021. Due to the exceptionally limited […]

Manaus in the north of Brazil joins VINCI Airports group

VINCI Airports has assumed responsibility for the operation, development and sustainable growth of Manaus International Airport in Brazil. It will be joined by Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Téfé next month as the global airport operator commences its 30 year concession to operate and grow all seven airports located […]

Spotlight on Ferrovial Airports: All systems go!

CEO, Luke Bugeja, tells Joe Bates more about Ferrovial Airports’ business strategy and expansion plans that include developing a network of vertiports in the US and UK. What is the appeal of airports to Ferrovial and do the company’s global ambitions burn as brightly today as when it first entered the market in 1998? Our […]

Glasgow Airport to install more sustainable airfield lighting

A project is underway to swap out the LED floodlights illuminating Glasgow Airport’s airfield with a more sustainable model that is 25% more energy efficient. Around 75% of the components housed in the outgoing lights will be collected and recycled by a Waste from Electronic and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) company before going back into the […]

Automation, sustainability and digital health focus areas of airport IT investment

Passenger traffic and revenues may still be way down on pre-COVID levels, but airports and airlines continue to invest in new technology, according to SITA’s 2021 Air Transport IT Insights, published today While IT budgets have stayed largely flat in 2021, the survey suggests that airport and airline CIOs are betting on technology to support […]

Foreign exchange giant Travelex launches operations at London Stansted

Travelex has launched a full range of foreign exchange bureaux and ATM services at London Stansted Airport, the UK’s fourth largest airport. The launch of services at London Stansted, which handled more than 28 million passengers in 2019, means Travelex now operates at all three Manchester Airports Group (MAG) airports having recently re-won and started […]

Yearly traffic up at Spain’s airports but still 43% down on pre-COVID levels

A total of 120 million passengers passed through Aena’s Spanish airports in 2021 – 57% up on 2020 but still a significant 43.6% down on the pre-COVID levels reached in 2019. Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport handled 24.1 million of the total in 2021 – a drop of 60.9% compared to 2019 and an increase […]

From Zeppelins to Concorde, Hamburg Airport celebrates its 111th birthday

Hamburg Airport is celebrating its 111th birthday today, making it one of the oldest airports in the world still located on its original site. The history of Hamburg Airport began in March 1910, when Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin enthusiastically addressed a large gathering of Hamburg residents about the future of airships. And his appeal bore […]

Course corrections in murky weather

Dan Elliott from Frontier Economics considers some of the immense challenges the global pandemic has created for those planning or regulating air transport infrastructure. The aviation industry had grown used to short-term shocks. After both 9/11 and the global financial crisis of 2008, air travel came back, more or less on track, relatively quickly.  But […]

No reason for airlines to operate ‘ghost flights’ – ACI Europe

ACI Europe has today expressed dismay at the escalating industry and political rhetoric around so-called ‘ghost flights’ and reiterated its strong support for the European Commission’s position on the thresholds for use of airport slots by airlines. The usage threshold for the current season, Winter 21, is set at 50%, which as the European Commission […]

How Edinburgh Airport’s tech transformation journey helped it meet its compliance goals 

Nicky Chenery, general manager of SafetyCulture, and Edinburgh Airport’s security compliance team explain the crucial role technology must now take in managing compliance – and take us through the Scottish gateway’s journey to a more transparent, secure, compliant, and sustainable model. As air travel continues to ride the uncertainty of the pandemic, the demand to […]

Passenger traffic rises 17% at Hamburg Airport in 2021

Hamburg has become one of the first airports in the world to reveal its year-end traffic figures for 2021 – the German gateway handling 5.3 million passengers (+17%) last year. And although the total is almost 70% down on 2019 levels, the airport says that last year’s throughput, compared to 2020, represents a “positive” upturn. […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Economics & Finance Airport report: Seattle-Tacoma Special report: WAGA review Plus: Route development & Digital airports Meet and greet Editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the return of in-person industry events, the continued challenges of the global pandemic and the ‘Economics & Finance’ theme of this issue. Although it might not […]

Industry outlook – past, present and future

ACI World’s vice president for economics, Patrick Lucas, considers the impact COVID has had on the finances of the world’s airports and the economic challenges ahead. Every couple of years ACI World, and its industry partners under the umbrella of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), release the Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders report, a publication […]

Prague Airport renews Airport Health Accreditation certification

Prague Airport in the Czech Republic has renewed its ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) certification for another year, demonstrating that it is fully committed to providing the highest levels of protection against COVID for both passengers and staff. “The airport has repeatedly demonstrated an admirable continuation of its efforts to provide a safe airport experience […]

Seattle-Tacoma’s North Satellite showcases best of Pacific Northwest

An art and culture-filled festival formed part of official opening of SEA’s new-look North Satellite building in November 2021. The newly renovated complex – designed by Fentress Architects and architect of record, AECOM, with construction company Hensel Phelps – features modern amenities, seismic upgrades, sustainable features and improved building function. Curtis Fentress, principal in charge […]

Spotlight on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Managing director for aviation, Lance Lyttle, talks to Joe Bates about the multi-billion dollar development of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the gateway’s ambition to be the greenest airport in North America.   Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will open its new International Arrivals Facility (IAF), one of the key projects of its ongoing $3.9 billion Capital […]

View from the top

Director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on some of ACI World’s key actions and initiatives over the past year. Following the recent ACI-LAC/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Cancún, the airport community was more optimistic than ever regarding the recovery path and future of the industry. However, the Omicron variant has once […]

Omicron causes 20% drop in traffic at Europe’s airports

ACI Europe today released preliminary data on the impact of the Omicron variant on European passenger traffic, along with its full air traffic report for November 2021. It reveals that in the three week period (weeks 47 to 49) following the first report from South Africa to the WHO of the Omicron variant, passenger traffic […]

Zanzibar airport appoints new F&B and duty free master concessionaire

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar has appointed Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI) and Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) as the master concessionaire for all F&B, duty free and commercial outlets in its newly-built Terminal 3. MMI and ELR note that they are joining forces to “create and deliver a world-class, next-generation customer experience at […]

Good end of the year for Milano Bergamo Airport

Milan Bergamo Airport is ending the year on a high note, welcoming its sixth new airline and officially opening its new terminal extension. The new airline, Moldovan low-cost carrier (LCC) HiSky, inaugurated flights between Bergamo and Baia Mare and Târgu Mureş in Romania on Monday and will add a service to Moldovan capital, Chisinau, from […]

LAX to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters at pop-up clinic

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will offer free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots to the public at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) tomorrow and on December 29. The vaccine clinic will be open 11am to 5pm each of the days and will be […]

Show business!

Airport World reviews some of the highlights of the recent ACI-LAC/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition in Cancún. Aviation leaders from across the globe gathered in Cancún in November for the ACI-LAC/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition, and for the more than 300 delegates lucky enough to be in Mexico, it provided the […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda unveils new fire rescue vehicle simulator

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) has become the first gateway in South Asia to commission a Rosenbauer Tactical Simulator, an addition it says further strengthens its firefighting capabilities. With this simulator, firefighters can train in a realistic environment, master the tactical use of Rosenbauer Panther crash fire tenders (CFTs) as well as operate High Reach […]

DXB fully open for business ahead of traditional peak season for travel

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is 100% operational again with all terminals, concourses, lounges, restaurants and retail outlets open for business following the reopening of the final phase of Terminal 3’s Concourse A. Terminal 3 is expected to serve more than 1.6 million passengers in the second half of December during the month’s peak seasonal travel […]

TAV consortium to extend Medinah Airport concession

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has accepted TAV-led TIBAH’s application to extend its Medinah Airport concession to help it recover from the current downturn in traffic. Medinah Airport welcomed 8.4 million passengers in 2019, the bulk of which were made up of Umrah and Hajj visitors. However, following the introduction of travel […]

Gatwick set for busy festive period despite travel restrictions

London Gatwick is set to welcome nearly 750,000 passengers across the Christmas and New Year period – a 570% increase on 2020 due to last year’s COVID-19 restrictions. The holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for Gatwick, outside of the summer peak, with the airport regularly welcoming in excess […]

International flights resume to Siem Reap in Cambodia

Siem Reap International Airport handled its first international flight since March 2020 today when Singapore Airlines relaunched services to Cambodia’s second largest city. As of today, Singapore Airlines will operate daily flights between Siem Reap and Singapore on the Boeing 737-8, which features the airline’s all-new narrow-body cabin products. The carrier notes that will also […]

San Diego completes largest single bond sale by a Californian airport

The San Diego International Airport has completed a major bond financing totalling $1.94 billion, the bulk of which will be used to pay for a portion of the New T1 programme. According to San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the new bond will reduce financing costs on a present value basis by an estimated $386.5 […]

PEOPLE matters

More than a numbers game Terri Morrissey and Dr Richard Plenty consider the challenges of workforce planning in times of crisis. Airports place a lot of emphasis on planning and designing their physical and infrastructure requirements and invest heavily in ensuring that the physical airport is fit for purpose and delivers an excellent customer experience. […]

Plans unveiled for a new ‘world class’ $9.5 billion terminal at JFK

New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, today announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has reached a revised agreement with the consortium awarded the concession to build the new state-of-the-art Terminal One at John F Kennedy International Airport. According to PANYNJ, the new 2.4 million square foot international terminal has a […]

Innovative travel experience planned for Kansas City’s new terminal

Henderson Engineers, a national building systems design firm, is leading the charge on cementing the new single terminal Kansas City International Airport (MCI) as a world-class facility. As the lead engineer on the $1.5 billion project, the firm is working closely with project partner Siemens to equip MCI with innovative technology for a cutting-edge experience […]

Newcastle Airport ‘bouncing back to life’ following reopening of border with Queensland

Newcastle Airport in Australia claimed that it was “bouncing back to life” today as it welcomed back the first of its regular Queensland services. Brisbane and Gold Coast services are scheduled from today, with Sunshine Coast and Cairns flights to commence to the New South Wales gateway from this Friday, December 17. Newcastle Airport CEO, […]

WBP News

The latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Travelex to expand Middle East store portfolio Foreign exchange company Travelex has announced plans to expand its portfolio of stores across the Middle East.  Having opened two new stores in Qatar’s Hamad International Airport earlier this year, Travelex is now working to expand its footprint across Bahrain, […]

Leeds Bradford Airport outlines roadmap to net zero emissions by 2030

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has become the latest gateway to unveil exactly how it plans to become a net zero airport, boldly aiming to achieve the goal by 2030. LBA’s roadmap to carbon neutrality is focused on emissions that it is directly responsible for and is fully in control of on the […]

New state-of-the-art police headquarters opens at LAX

The Los Angeles Airport Police Division (APD) has a new centralised headquarters that will foster interagency collaboration and innovation for decades to come. The $216-million Airport Police Facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officially opened yesterday with a ceremony led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It consolidates police operations from eight standalone buildings […]

Collaborative effort

IBS Software’s Kanu Aravindakshan argues that greater collaboration between airports and airlines will be key in the post COVID aviation landscape. On paper, the relationship between airports and airlines has always been symbiotic in nature. Neither can operate without the other and they both share a clear set of common goals, namely transporting passengers and […]

Commercial facilities at Brisbane Airport continue to grow

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has officially commenced construction of a new warehouse and distribution facility at Brisbane Airport, marked by an official sod turning event this morning. Representatives from BAC and Tomkins visited the site for the sod turning event including Tomkins general manager, Julian French, who said the relationship between his company and BAC […]

Hong Kong International Airport unveils Net Zero 2050 strategy

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) today unveiled its target and strategy to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050, with a midpoint target of 55% reduction of absolute emissions by 2035 from a 2018 baseline. Fred Lam, CEO of operator Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AAHK), said: “Sustainability is at the centre of our long-term development […]

Finding the Way

Karlee Butler Kennedy contends that the growth in geospatial data and digital indoor wayfinding can only enhance the passenger experience at airports. As people return to the world’s airports, they are finding an impressive assortment of creative leisure activities, world-class food and drink, and unique offerings that highlight a geographical region’s history and strengths. And […]

Hong Kong’s new airfield taking shape with re-designation of North Runway

Hong Kong International Airport’s existing North Runway (07L/25R) has been re-designated as the Centre Runway (07C/25C), signifying an important milestone for the expansion of the airport into a Three-runway System (3RS). The move, which is in line with ICAO requirements, means that the airport’s new third runway will be known as North Runway (07L/25R) when […]

Sustainable mission

Joffrey Maï explains how VINCI Airports is rolling out the group’s pioneering global environmental strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. VINCI Airports is leveraging its position as one of the world’s biggest airport operators to enhance the environmental performance of its Asia-Pacific gateways and help set the sustainability bar for airports across the globe. Asia, of […]

Sustainability conscious Nomad Café opens at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has a new airside F&B outlet following the opening of the Nomad Café in Terminal 1. Nomad is said to be a “flexitarian café” that focuses on offering healthy, clean and wholesome food. Nomad executive chef, Jack O’Keeffe, said: “We have created an exciting menu where every layer and ingredient are consciously chosen […]

November proves to be a better month for Sweden’s airports

Sweden’s airports enjoyed their biggest monthly recovery since the start of the global pandemic when 1.7 million passengers passed through Swedavia’s 10 gateways in November. The total meant that for first time since COVID, nearly 60% of passenger volumes returned in a single month. However, Swedavia warns that the Omicron variant and new restrictions are […]

Hydrogen powered aircraft could make zero-carbon emission flights possible

Passengers could one day fly anywhere in the world with no carbon emissions and just one stop on board a concept aircraft unveiled by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) today. It says that up to 279 passengers could fly between London and San Francisco in the US or Auckland in New Zealand with just one […]

Larnaca Airport unveils unique new destination store

Airport retail design specialist The Design Solution (TDS) has helped develop Kypriaka, a vibrant new destination store at Larnaca Airport, in partnership with Aer Rianta (ARI) and airport operator Hermes. Hermes and retailer ARI appointed TDS to develop the terminal’s commercial planning and passenger flow strategies and also design the locally-themed new centrepiece of the […]

Time for a new approach

London Gatwick is seeking approval to modify its airfield to allow it to become a two-runway airport capable of handling up to 75 million passengers annually. London Gatwick, famous for being the world’s busiest single runway airport for decades, has started a public consultation process on its plans to bring its standby Northern Runway into […]

New theme park at Incheon could attract one million annual visitors

Incheon International Airport (ICN) is set to develop an ICT based innovative theme park called ‘Smart Racing Park’, which it believes will attract around one million visitors a year when it opens in 2025. ICN operator, Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), announced the news earlier today after it signed an investment agreement with Paradise Segasammy.Co.Ltd […]

Brisbane Airport calls for Expressions of Interest for new BNE Auto Mall

Brisbane Airport is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its largest non-aviation project undertaken to date, BNE Auto Mall. The EOI is calling for reputable businesses and groups with experience and capability in managing exemplar entertainment, hospitality, events, and track facilities to become the Track and Event Operator. BNE Auto Mall will be located […]

Christchurch Airport to boast ‘world leading’ renewable energy park

Christchurch Airport is committing 400 hectares of its Harewood campus to Kōwhai Park – a new platform for generating renewable energy at scale to enable businesses to transition away from fossil fuels. The pioneering project was launched with New Zealand’s Energy Minister, Megan Woods; Climate Change Minister, James Shaw; and Christchurch mayor, Lianne Dalziel, planting […]

Fraport TAV Antalya extends airport concession to 2051

Fraport TAV Antalya has extended its concession to operate Antalya Airport in Turkey until 2051 after offering the highest bid in the tender and pledging to invest €765 million on upgrading the gateway to allow it to handle up to 80 million passengers per annum. It bid €7.25 billion for the concession rights to operate […]

Aéroports de Montréal to accelerate efforts to achieve carbon neutrality

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has signed a partnership agreement with SOFIAC to develop a large-scale energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction project. Decarbonisation, the implementation of innovative energy solutions, as well as significant energy cost and consumption reductions are said to be at the heart of the significant project, which will cover all […]

On the right track

A new A$10 billion rail link looks set to make travelling to Melbourne Airport quicker, easier and more environmentally friendly, writes Joe Bates. While few Asia-Pacific gateways can boast high speed rail links like the ones at Frankfurt, Paris CDG or Rome-Fiumicino airports in Europe, the region is no stranger to impressive train connections with […]

Inclusive to all

SOM associate principal, Jordan Pierce, explains how incorporating inclusivity and accessibility into the design of its new terminal will ensure a warm welcome for all passengers at Kansas City International Airport. Can we pump barbecue smells through the terminal?” one gentleman asked. “You’ll know where you are as soon as you step off the plane.”  […]

Luxury and sustainability

Sustainability and the environment are a top priority at Saudi Arabia’s new Red Sea airport project where daa International has been awarded the contract to operate the new gateway on completion, writes Curtis Grad. An entirely different class of airport is being built on the remote Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, one that will […]

Insolvency Administrator looking for investors for Frankfurt-Hahn

The provisional insolvency administrator for the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport Group has commissioned consultancy firm Falkensteg to look for one or more investors for it or any of its assets, including property. Investors have the option of acquiring all assets, units to be defined or single assets, which include Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Located in Rhineland-Palatinate, the airport’s facilities […]

Building for the future

Airport World discovers more about a handful of the big infrastructure development projects planned for airports in North America, Central and East Asia. New Terminal 6 for New York JFK The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a public private-partnership agreement with JFK Millennium Partners […]

ADR opens Airport Operations Centre at Rome Fiumicino

Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) today opened its new Airport Operations Centre (APOC) at Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. “As of today, Fiumicino takes a further step forward in the path towards the airport of the future,” enthused ADR CEO, Marco Troncone. “The new APOC integrated control centre, equipped with the best technologies, will allow for […]

Heathrow’s refreshes shops and F&B offerings for Christmas holidays

In anticipation of over two million passengers expected to travel through its doors this Christmas, Heathrow has refreshed its range of shops, restaurants and services on offer at the airport. Last Christmas, the nation faced strict lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, bringing an end to family festivities before they could even begin. But this year, […]

Munich Airport satellite building to partially re-open for US flights

Twenty months after its pandemic-related closure, the satellite building of Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 will be partially re-opened on December 1, 2021. The airport and Lufthansa, which jointly operate Terminal 2 and its satellite building, will again use the south area of the non-Schengen level for the handling of flights to the United States. In […]

Airport leaders meet in Cancún for ACI World/Latin America & Caribbean conference

The 2021 ACI World/Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition has officially begun in Cancún, Mexico. More than 300 aviation leaders from around world were welcomed by the Subsecretary of Transport of Mexico, Carlos Alfonso Morán Moguel; secretary general of ICAO Juan Carlos Salazar Gómez; ACI World chair and CEO […]

Pioneering change

Bangalore International Airport Limited’s managing director and CEO, Hari Marar, tells Joe Bates more about the ambitions and development plans for India’s third busiest gateway. Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has been making milestones since it opened, and the desire to be the best airport in India means that this trend is unlikely to stop over […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Planning & Design Airport reports: Bengaluru Kempegowda Special Report: ACI-LAC’s recovery from COVID Plus: Data sharing, People matters & WBP news Building back better Editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the importance of the sustainable development of the world’s airports.  The recent Global Sustainable Aviation Forum hosted by the Air Transport […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on the importance of building back sustainably and the long-term benefits this can bring to airports. I have had the opportunity to visit many airports in the world during my business and personal travel. The people that know me, know that I love to visit new places […]

Light at the end of the tunnel

ACI Latin America-Caribbean’s director general, Rafael Echevarne, reflects on the impact COVID-19 has had on the region’s airports and the start of the recovery from the global pandemic. How difficult have the last 18 months been for airports in ACI’s Latin America-Caribbean region and have any countries been more impacted by the pandemic than others? […]

UK government to fund regional air services to Newquay and Dundee

The UK government today confirmed that it will provide up to £4.3 million to fund direct flights between London and Newquay and Dundee in a major boost for regional links across the country. Cornwall Council will receive up to £1.8 million over two years to support flights from London Gatwick to Newquay in a reinstated […]

Cork Airport officially opens reconstructed main runway

Cork Airport’s newly reconstructed main runway was officially opened by Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, at the weekend. The project was completed within 12 months of being approved, making it the fastest large-scale construction project undertaken in the State in recent years. Martin was joined by Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, and […]

New detection technology to help fight against wildlife trafficking

Smiths Detection has collaborated with Microsoft and Heathrow in the development of what is being described as the first of its kind multi-species AI model designed to uncover illegally trafficked wildlife concealed in baggage and air cargo. It is claimed that initial testing of the algorithm at Heathrow has shown a success rate of over […]

City approves San Antonio’s airport development plan

San Antonio City Council has unanimously backed San Antonio Airport System’s master plan for enhancing the infrastructure at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). SAT’s Strategic Development Plan (SDP) will guide future development of its airfield, terminals, ground access and supporting infrastructure over the next 20 years. The airport notes that its team along with consultants […]

Delivering the future at Pittsburgh International Airport

Sustainability is central to the design and development of Pittsburgh International Airport’s new $1.1 billion terminal, writes Gensler’s Ty Osbaugh. Sustainabilty at airports has become increasingly aligned only with environmental issues, and while these considerations are important, there are many other facets to it that are equally important to understand and incorporate in aviation development […]

Protecting the perimeter – enhancing airport security

Ian Littell from Axis Communications, considers the challenges of providing effective airport perimeter protection, and discusses the latest developments in security and safety measures. Airports are an important part of our critical national infrastructure. As such, it’s imperative that they are protected by a comprehensive security solution which is able to provide continual year-round surveillance […]

Cargo and passenger volumes on the rise in Hong Kong

Cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) continue to go in the right direction, soaring by 14.7% in October, to reach 462,000 tonnes during the month. The airport also handled 137,000 passengers and 13,995 flight movements, representing year-on-year increases of 72.6% and 28.7%, respectively. HKG operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), attributes October’s increase […]

CAAP to invest in Uruguay airports after extending Montevideo concession

Corporacíon América Airports SA (CAAP) is to invest $300 million on developing its Uruguayan airport portfolio after its concession to operate and develop Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport was extended by another 20 years. As a result of the extension, CAAP’s 100% owned subsidiary, Puerta de Sur SA, will operate the gateway until 2053. And as […]

Scoot to launch low-cost flights to Bangkok from London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport’s list of airline customers is to be joined by Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), which is to launch low-cost non-stop flight between the gateway and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The UK airport believes that the news of the new service is perfectly timed with searches for holidays to Thailand increasing by […]

US airport sector view is now positive – S&P Global Ratings

S&P Global Ratings has revised its view of the US airport sector, raising its rating to ‘positive’ from ‘stable’ following what it describes as an improving landscape for the aviation industry. It stated that the sector view revision to positive from stable reflects the resurgence of domestic travel, stabilising airline credit conditions, significant federal assistance, […]

BA flight to New York powered by sustainable aviation fuel blend

Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, supported British Airways’ first transatlantic flight to the US following the lifting of restrictions by fuelling flight BA001 with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The British Airways A350 flight from Heathrow was directly powered by a 35% blend of SAF, made from used cooking oil. It is believed to be […]

Heathrow launches recruitment drive as vital transatlantic travel restarts

London’s Heathrow Airport has begun recruiting for over 600 new frontline roles as the restart of transatlantic travel and easing of international restrictions boosts confidence in the aviation sector’s recovery. While passenger numbers at the hub airport remain 56% down on pre-pandemic levels, the move to end the US travel ban has revived the airport, as the market accounts for 20% of Heathrow’s […]

Chinese airports account for seven of top 10 busiest airports in world

Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN) in China continues to hold off Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) in the US for the title of busiest passenger airport on the planet, according to the latest traffic figures from ACI World. Indeed, Chinese airports accounted for seven of the top ten busiest airports in the world for passenger traffic in the first […]

Coalition of UK airports urge government to restore slot rules

A coalition of London Gatwick (LGW), Belfast (BFS) and Edinburgh (YEG) airports and Wizz Air are urging the UK to reinstate the ‘80/20’ ‘Use it or Lose It’ airport slot rules to aid their recovery and ensure a better deal for passengers. They argue that reintroducing the rule now will allow UK consumers to once […]

Las Vegas McCarran welcomes back flights from Europe

Nearly 20 months after the last transatlantic flight carrying tourists landed in Las Vegas, Virgin Atlantic Airways returned to Las Vegas on Monday, November 8. The Boeing 787-9 touched down the same day policies for foreign national air travellers to the United States changed, allowing more vaccinated international visitors to enter the country. The flight was greeted in […]

Consortium agrees deal to acquire Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport is set to be sold for a colossal A$23.6 billion ($17.5 billion) after the board unanimously voted to accept an offer from an infrastructure investment group. The offer from Sydney Aviation Alliance (SAA) has been on the table for over a month and the deal, should it go through, will make it one […]

Ferrovial Airports to open a network of vertiports in the UK

Ferrovial Airports has announced plans to deploy a network of more than 25 vertiports – bases for electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to operate from – in the United Kingdom. It claims that the initiative is another step in its bid to lead the mobility of the future through the development of infrastructure for […]

GTAA backing airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson

NAV CANADA has launched a public consultation as the next step in a proposal to introduce airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson, which are anticipated to have a significantly positive impact on noise and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The proposed changes, agreed in principle with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), will introduce a modern arrival […]

Passenger flow technology to enhance security operations at London Gatwick

London Gatwick Airport has selected Veovo’s Passenger Predictability solution to optimise security operations and improve passenger flow. According to the technology company, the partnership will allow the airport to efficiently handle increasing passenger numbers and build back better for a more sustainable, passenger-centred travel experience. Veovo’s AI-powered technology gives Gatwick real-time awareness of people’s movement […]

Global design competition reveals potential airports of the future

Ten entries have been shortlisted for the 2021 Fentress Global Challenge (FGC), which garnered more than 80 entries from students around the globe. FGC is an annual international student design competition launched in 2011 by Curtis Fentress, that encourages and rewards innovative design in public architecture. This year’s competition challenged students to envision airport mobility […]

Larnaka and Pafos airports enjoy busiest month of the year

October was the busiest month of the year for Cyprus’ Larnaka and Pafos airports, with a total of 951,820 passengers passing through the gateways. Operator, Hermes Airports, reveals that 619,501 passengers used Larnaka while Pafos welcomed 332,319 travellers during the month, more than they handled during the traditionally peak month of August. Hermes Airports claims […]

SITA to make its Digital Travel Declaration solution free to governments

SITA today announced that it is to make its Digital Travel Declaration solution – which allows passengers to share required travel and health documentation with governments ahead of travel – available to governments free of charge globally. It claims that the move is aimed at addressing the global challenge of submitting and verifying health documentation […]

Airports look to future at ACI Europe’s Annual Congress

The soon-to-open new East Wing of Geneva Airport welcomed over 250 delegates this week as it hosted ACI Europe’s 31st Annual Congress & General Assembly, and it proved to be a lively affair, and welcome tonic for many participants, some of which were physically attending their first industry event in two years. The association’s director […]

FAA looking for designers to create ATC towers of the future

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US is launching a nationwide solicitation to find a new design for control towers that can be built and operated sustainably at regional and municipal airports. “For communities large and small, the air traffic control tower is an icon. We want architects and engineers from every corner of […]

Historic mural finds new home at Phoenix Sky Harbor

A mural that welcomed passengers to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 2 for almost 60 years has a new home at the gateway’s Rental Car Center. Indeed, it dominates a wall at the Rental Car Center and can clearly be seen by visitors as they leave the rental counters and exit the lobby to […]

PEOPLE matters

Action stations Terri Morrissey and Dr Richard Plenty provide their thoughts on some of the staffing challenges airports are likely to face as passenger numbers begin to rise in the second half of the year. We are writing this column in London on Monday, August 2, 2021. From today, double vaccinated passengers from the EU […]

Always welcome

The leaders of some of the world’s biggest airport lounge operators tell us a little more about their businesses, how they are coping with the traffic downturn and the potential impact COVID might have on the airport hospitality industry. Aviation and hospitality are arguably two of the industries to be hardest hit by the coronavirus […]

ACI Europe warns of tough challenges ahead for airports

Speaking at ACI Europe’s Annual Congress and General Assembly in Geneva today, president, Jost Lammers, took to the stage with a hard-hitting analysis of the consequences of uncoordinated global travel restrictions, of imbalances in fiscal aid, and the threat to climate action without regulatory support. Addressing the airport community, industry partners and institutional stakeholders present […]

Innovate and grow

Airport World finds out more about Vienna AirportCity, which continues to evolve around Austria’s capital city gateway. It may not be as well known a some of the world’s more high profile projects, but Vienna International Airport’s own airport city has been around for years and is quietly growing into quite a success story. Vienna […]

New agreement means that eVTOL aircraft could operate from Heathrow

Vertical Aerospace has announced a collaboration with Heathrow Airport to explore how its VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles could operate from Heathrow by the mid-2020s. Both claim that the agreement between Heathrow and Vertical is a significant milestone for Britain’s zero-emissions aviation industry. As a result of today’s announcement, both parties will work closely to explore […]

The global network

Collins Aerospace’s Tony Chapman considers how the mobile phone will help make the touchless airport a reality within the next few years. The novel coronavirus pandemic brought with it a new set of challenges for commercial aviation that will likely take years to overcome. Worldwide, air passenger volumes are not expected to fully recover to […]

New analysis praises Perth Airport’s sustainable development

Perth Airport has achieved an overall score of 98% in annual analysis by the Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets (GRESB). GRESB is an international process that rates the environmental, social and governance performance of major infrastructure assets. Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said that the 98% score was an outstanding improvement over the 76% […]

Work starts on design of self screening portal for airport passengers

Elenium Automation is to partner with an X-ray technology company to design and test a self-screening security portal for airports. The Australian based firm is currently best known for its touchless technology that allows passenger to check in and drop off luggage without having to touch a boarding pass, bag tag or screen. Its partner […]

WBP News

The latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Modalis launches talent solutions provider Strategic investment advisory and professional services company, Modalis, has added another string to its bow with the launch of airport talent solutions (airportsTS), a specialist recruitment operation designed to find airport operators and project managers the experts they need for one-off projects […]

First flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel departs from Gatwick

The first ever departing flight from London Gatwick powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) took off from UK gateway today. It will be the first of 42 flights from Gatwick – the bulk of which will be operated by easyJet – powered by a 30% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel blend. This important milestone marks […]

Copenhagen’s route network showing signs of growth

The summer of 2022 is beginning to look much better for Copenhagen Airport (CPH) in terms of its route network, with long-haul flights to Toronto and New York back on the agenda. The airport acknowledges that airlines have so far prioritised European destinations, but says that the world is now really opening up, revealing that […]

AOA reveals that UK airports halved emissions between 2010-2019

Data collected by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) reveals that airport greenhouse gas emissions in the UK have fallen by 50.6% since 2010, while passenger numbers increased 41.7% over the same period. In 2010, the 18 airports that represented more than 95% of passenger emitted 514,331 tonnes of CO2e that year from sources they controlled […]

New Apple shop opens at Hamad International Airport

Judging by the queues at the new Qatar Duty Free (QDF) Apple Shop at Hamad International Airport, the outlet is going to be a firm favourite with visitors. Located at the heart of the airport terminal, QDF notes that it offers the full Apple product range, including iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV, […]

Strong demand for logistics facilities in Göteborg Landvetter’s airport city

Furniture giant Nordiska Galleriet Properties AB has become the latest company to commit to building a facility at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (Gothenburg). The complex will be located in Logistics Park 1 of Airport City Göteborg, currently taking shape at the Swedish gateway. Swedavia notes that there is “strong demand for logistics properties” in Gothenburg region. […]

Elements of roadmap to re-opening Queensland concern BAC

Brisbane Airport operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), today issued the following statement in response to the announced roadmap to easing travel restrictions in Queensland. The statement, in full, reads: “We’re pleased to see a roadmap to the reopening of Queensland. However, there are elements of it that are of great concern in relation to domestic […]

Investing in Lima

We report on the ongoing upgrade and development of Peru’s gateway to the world, Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. On February 14 this year, Lima Airport Partners (LAP) marked the 20th anniversary of its concession for managing, operating and developing Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Fraport AG, the Frankfurt-based global airport operator, owns 80.1% […]

Orange Line rail services to resume to Miami International Airport

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) has announced that the Orange Line will once resume operations between Dadeland South and Miami International Airport stations at the end of the month. From October 31, Orange Line trains will depart the Dadeland South and Miami Airport stations every 10 minutes weekdays during peak hours […]

Reagan National celebrates the completion of Project Journey

It was a day of celebration for Reagan National today with federal, state and local officials joining Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) president and CEO John Potter at a dedication ceremony to mark the completion of the gateway’s $1 billion capital improvement project. Project Journey has added new 14-gate concourse to replace Gate 35X, which […]

MAG transforms security operations centre to improve cyber resilience

Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has revolutionised its visibility and protection from cyber attacks by transforming its security operations centre (SOC), writes Bridewell Consulting’s Martin Riley. MAG sees more than 60 million passengers flying through its airports including Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted each year. And with threats against critical national infrastructure increasing, having best-in […]

Traffic recovering in Frankfurt and across Fraport’s global airport network

The positive upward trend in traffic at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued in September when 3.1 million passengers and 188,177 tonnes of cargo passed through its facilities. The figures represent 169% and 13.4% rises respectively on the same month a year ago, although operator Fraport readily admits that traffic levels in September 2020 were “very weak” […]

World’s first digital duty free vending machine unveiled at Geneva Airport

The duty free industry is celebrating a new first today – the launch of the world’s first digital duty free vending machine at Geneva Airport. Lagardère Travel Retail Switzerland has partnered with Inflyter to introduce the new, innovative automated retail solution, which offers travellers a fully digital duty free shopping experience for arriving passengers. And […]

New report claims global pandemic will damage aviation’s job appeal

If it is to be believed, more than 60% of the world’s aviation leaders fear the pandemic will discourage people from joining the aviation sector, according to a new global survey by a specialist transport sector recruitment agency. GOOSE Recruitment says that its ‘Leaders in Aviation Report 2021’ captures the significant demands placed on aviation […]

Isavia offering incentives to develop Icelandic regional traffic

Icelandic airport operator, Isavia, has revived its campaign to try and attract more traffic to the regional gateways of Akureyri (AEY) and Egilsstaðir (EGS). The campaign will see the Icelandic route development fund offer a range of grants, subsidies and discounts to aircraft operators using the well-equipped, regional airports. Isavia’s regonal airports’ CEO, Sigrún Björk […]

Belgrade Airport begins next phase of modernisation programme

Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, which earlier this year completed the €2 million upgrade of its central terminal area, has begun the next phase of its infrastructure development programme. The Serbian gateway, which is part of the VINCI Airports’ global airport network, is confident that the next phase of its upgrade will further enhance the airport […]

Pioneering drone technology introduced at DFW warehouses

Global ground handler and travel services provider, dnata, has partnered with US-based technology start-up, Gather AI, to introduce the use of autonomous drones at its warehouses at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Dnata notes that the initiative is designed to digitise the warehouse inventory processes by monitoring shipments with 99.8% accuracy. Gather AI’s innovative software […]

San Diego International Airport’s new Terminal 1 approved by Board

San Diego International Airport’s new Terminal 1 is a step closer to reality this morning following the Board’s approval for the maximum contract price and master project schedule for its design and construction. The Board approved a maximum contract price of $2.6 billion for the New T1 at San Diego International Airport (SAN), which will replace […]

Stockholm Arlanda to re-open Terminal 2 later this month

Some good news from Swedavia today, which has announced that it will open a second terminal at Stockholm Arlanda in response to rising demand. The Swedish airport operator has decided to re-open Terminal 2 on October 26, providing support for the already open Terminal 5. It reveals that the decision was made as a result […]

Vancouver outlines its roadmap to net zero carbon emissions

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today unveiled its roadmap to net zero carbon emissions, which it claims balances innovative approaches with practical actions that will see the gateway’s operations become net zero by 2030. Earlier this year, YVR was the first airport in Canada to commit to net zero emissions by 2030, accelerating its original climate commitment […]

Revamp planned for public restrooms at BWI Marshall

Recognising that the condition of the public restrooms at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) can play a significant role in the comfort and satisfaction levels of airport users, the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract to modernise and expand the existing facilities in Concourses B, C and D. The Board, chaired […]

New EES Technologies at Bulgaria´s Aviation Hubs

SSARM is one of the leading IT systems integrator in Bulgaria and was awarded a major contract to equip Bulgaria’s aviation hubs with EES-compliant border control solutions following a tender by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior last year. In the meantime, SSARM has fully installed a secure turnkey solution at Sofia, Varna and Burgas airports […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, considers some of the immediate and longer-term challenges facing airports. The arrival of the Northern Hemisphere summer has marked a new chapter in the pandemic as we continue to make positive incremental steps towards rebuilding global connectivity and returning aviation to the pathway of growth that we […]

Jersey joy for Mott MacDonald

Jersey Airport in the Channel Islands has appointed Mott MacDonald as the lead consultant for its new masterplan. Working closely with Ports of Jersey Ltd, the firm will develop an airport masterplan to act as a strategic roadmap for the airport and enable informed business decisions about future development to be made. “This is a really exciting project to be […]

The touchless advantage

Orlando International Airport’s new user-friendly South Terminal C will showcase an array of touchless technologies, writes Curtis Fentress, principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects. Orlando International Airport (MCO), which started 2021 as the busiest gateway in the US for passenger departures, is about a year away from opening its new South Terminal C. […]

New report outlines aviation’s path to net-zero emissions by 2050

New analysis outlines credible paths for the air transport sector to reach its updated long-term climate goal to hit net-zero carbon emissions in 2050. A combination of new technology, improvements in operations and infrastructure and a shift to sustainable aviation fuels can help get the sector close to decarbonisation in 2050, with residual emissions being […]

Bluer skies ahead

ACI-North America’s president and CEO, Kevin Burke, talks to Joe Bates about the challenges and opportunities ahead for US and Canadian airports as aviation starts to show signs of recovery from the global pandemic. How tough have the last 18 months been for North America’s airports and do you think you have fared better or […]

Food and retail delivery service introduced at Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has become the latest gateway to embrace an on-site food delivery and retail service with the launch of DXB&More. From today, all hungry passengers have to do is reach for their mobile to order food and drinks from DXB’s F&B outlets and have it delivered directly to them. And the ability […]

G7 transport and health ministers unveil plan to boost international travel

Although light on details, world leaders believe that international travel will be boosted by a series of measures agreed at today’s G7 Transport and Health meeting in the UK. In the first meeting of its kind between G7 Transport and Health Ministers from major global economies, agreement was reached to align their international travel strategies, […]

Global travel retailer Dufry extends its Cambodia duty-free concession

Dufry has extended its duty-free concession at Cambodia’s three international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville or five and a half years. The airports handled a total of 11.6 million international travellers in 2019, although these kind of figures are not expected to return for a while as COVID continues to restrict global […]

Millions of aviation jobs threatened by industry’s slow recovery from COVID

Aviation’s slow recovery from COVID continues to put at risk up to 44.6 million jobs normally supported by aviation around the globe, according to new industry figures released today at the Air Transport Action Group’s annual Global Sustainable Aviation Forum. Despite a significant recovery in air traffic in some domestic and regional markets, the impact of […]

ACI World issues sustainable recovery guidance for airports

ACI World has launched comprehensive guidance to help airport executives incorporate sustainability at the core of their strategies as they work towards long-term recovery. The ACI World Sustainable Recovery Best Practice highlights the advantages of incorporating sustainability in recovery plans including access to funding through government relief packages and sustainability-linked bonds, as well as further […]

Queenstown Airport questions the need for new New Zealand gateway

Queenstown Airport today questioned the need for a new Central Otago Airport in New Zealand. The new airport is being proposed by Christchurch Airport on the basis of a preliminary aeronautical assessment of its proposed location in Tarras. The assessment suggests that the site is able to support an airfield with a single runway of […]

Newark Liberty prepares to start final construction phase of Terminal A

One of three passenger gate areas currently in operation at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A will close on September 30 to allow for the final construction phases of the new state-of-the-art terminal, which is scheduled to open in spring 2022. The A1 passenger gate area, which has six gates, will be demolished as part […]

First Natoo healthy food outlet opens at Frankfurt Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail partnership has opened its first Natoo hybrid store, which serves as a restaurant and health food shop, at Frankfurt Airport. The outlet, located in Terminal 1A (airside) at the German gateway, has opened in partnership with airport operator, Fraport, and will followed by second store next month. Natoo’s tagline is ‘Healthy all […]

LAX set to get new non-stop international service to Vietnam

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has signed a letter of co-operation to work toward creating a regular Bamboo Airways non-stop flight between Los Angeles and Vietnam. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) operator, LAWA, has worked with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to secure the […]

Being clinical

Airports continue to innovate when it comes to finding new ways of operating safely during the global pandemic, and for some this has meant opening on-site COVID testing facilities, writes Joe Bates. Aviation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is beginning to gain momentum with domestic travel booming in some parts of the world and hopes […]

SFO’s newest AirTrain stations earn LEED gold certification

San Francisco International Airport’s two newest AirTrain stations, constructed at the Grand Hyatt at SFO and Long-Term Parking, have earned Gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme developed by the US Green Building Council. The two locations were built as part of a project which extended the AirTrain electric people […]

Munich Airport’s brewery turns beer into a gin-style spirit

It’s not quite as miraculous as turning water into wine, but Munich Airport’s Airbräu brewery has successfully turned beer into a gin-style spirit to avoid 4,000 litres of leftover beer going to waste. Like many bars, pubs and hospitality venues across the globe, food and drink sales at Munich’s popular Airbräu restaurant have been adversely […]

Shell unveils new sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) ambition

Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced its ambition to produce around two million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025. It also aims to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030. “Currently, sustainable aviation fuel accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of […]

Transforming KIX

Kansai Airports is renovating Kansai International Airport’s existing facilities and introducing new technology to enhance the passenger experience. Kansai Airports has launched the largest airport renovation project in the region for 50 years to boost the appeal of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and support Japan’s post-pandemic recovery. The move is in line with VINCI Airports’ […]

San Diego International Airport: Bouncing back

President and CEO, Kimberly Becker, updates Joe Bates on San Diego International Airport’s recovery from COVID and its $3 billion New T1 programme. With traffic on the rise and a host of new domestic routes launched in the last few months, San Diego International Airport’s bounce back from COVID is beginning to gather pace. Sixteen […]

Louisville to use geothermal energy to cool and heat terminal building

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is to use geothermal energy to cool its Jerry E Abramson Terminal in the summer and heat it in winter. Operator, Louisville Regional Airport Authority, yesterday broke ground on the US’s largest airport geothermal project, which will use 648 vertical wells to access the natural energy source found 500ft […]

Eurowings to set up at base at Stockholm Arlanda

Things are beginning to look up for Swedavia, with both Eurowings and Finnair announcing their intention to expand their operations from Stockholm Arlanda. Eurowings is to set up a base at Arlanda in the summer of 2022, its decision will add at least 20 direct new routes to Europe from the Swedish capital. While Finnair […]

BLOG: Using technology to navigate COVID-19 Delta variant disruption

From frequent flight delays or cancellations to an increase in the number of unruly passengers the rebound in air travel this summer came with significant challenges, writes James Pacansky, CFO of Erie Regional Airport Authority. The Delta variant has already injected more uncertainty into the future of travel, while the forecast is unclear about the […]

Changi first airport in Asia-Pacific to complete Airport Health Measures Audit

ACI World has congratulated Singapore Changi for becoming the first in the airport in the Asia-Pacific region to successfully complete the Airport Health Measures Audit Program. The Airport Health Measures Audit Program – developed in partnership with Bureau Veritas – supports airports by addressing their specific risks and reassuring passengers through an on-site audit of […]

London Luton Airport calls for simplification of international travel rules

London Luton Airport (LLA) is calling on the UK government to simplify the rules for international travel and provide extra support for the travel sector after experiencing another difficult summer. The airport welcomed 1.2 million passengers throughout July and August this year, as people travelled to visit family and friends, whilst holidaymakers took advantage of […]

New touchless bag drop technology being trialled at Heathrow

Amadeus’ touchless bag drop technology is being trialled at London’s Heathrow Airport. The technology uses proximity sensors to allow passengers to check-in their luggage without touching the screens on the kiosks. The new contactless experience has initially been installed on six of Heathrow’s Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units provided by ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus […]

Airport IT provider SITA becomes CarbonNeutral company

IT provider, SITA, is now officially a CarbonNeutral certified company after achieving the accolade for its sustainability efforts. It says that the milestone – realised a full year ahead of its original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020. SITA has reduced its […]

New F&B outlets open at London’s Gatwick Airport

The F&B offering in London’s Gatwick’s North Terminal were boosted this morning by the opening of two new outlets, Tortilla, and Juniper and Co. Tortilla, the UK’s largest fast-casual Mexican restaurant brand, already has 51 outlets across the UK, but the latest offering at Gatwick will be its first venture into airports. Passengers will be […]

Viva México! Spotlight on Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP)

CEO, Raúl Revuelta Musalem, tells Joe Bates more about Mexico’s Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) and the ambitious development plans for its airports. Can you tell us a little more about your airport network? We operate 12 airports in the Pacific region of Mexico and two in Jamaica – Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Passenger facilitation Airport reports: GAP & San Diego Interviewed: ACI-NA’s Kevin Burke Plus: Investing in Lima & Vienna’s airport city Time to Fly? Editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the continued struggles of international traffic and some of the operational challenges facing airports in this ‘passenger facilitation’ themed issue. The Olympics […]

Gatwick calls for relaxation of COVID testing for double vaccinated travellers

New data shows that the UK’s continued tough travel restrictions have seen the aviation sector across Europe recover twice as quickly as in the UK – with bookings now at around 60% of pre-COVID levels, compared to 30% in the UK – as Europe capitalises on the progress of its vaccine rollout programmes. Gatwick Airport […]

New terminal to transform air travel to Samarkand

The new terminal at Samarkand International Airport is expected to transform air travel to the country and potentially Central Asia. It is the key project of the upgrade of the existing airport and will effectively provide Uzbekistan’s second biggest city with the modern, high-tech facilities it needs to meet future demand and potentially boost tourism […]

Heathrow unveils new solution for safely treating glycol runoff

London Heathrow has become the latest airport to invest in an aerated reed bed and wetland technology to manage the glycol run off from its runways, writes Barry Hallam. An organic compound from the alcohol family, glycol is commonly found in antifreeze solutions used on aircraft during the winter months and, without treatment, once used, […]

Food deliveries now on offer at Cleveland Hopkins

Hungry passengers can now use their smart phones or digital devices to order their favourite food for pick-up or delivery at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The service, available via Fraport USA’s new GateWaiter Mobile Meal Delivery Service app, offers food selections from a variety of the airport’s eateries, including hometown greats Bar Symon, Inca Tea […]

BLOG: Why the aviation industry cannot revert to its pre-pandemic ways

After a summer of chaotic scenes at the UK’s airports and ever-changing travel restrictions, many in the aviation sector are longing for business to return to ‘normal’ and hankering for the pre-pandemic days, writes Randel Darby, CEO and co-founder at Airportr. However, in my opinion, returning to its old ways, is the worst thing that […]

Airport Health Accreditation for Greenville-Spartanburg

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) has become the first airport in South Carolina to be accredited in ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme. The Airport Health Accreditation recognises the airport’s commitment to prioritising health and safety measures in line with the aviation industry’s best practices. The accreditation programme enables airports to demonstrate to passengers, staff, regulators, and […]

Emirates to take delivery of its final A380 in November

Emirates will receive three more A380s from Airbus this year with its last aircraft on order scheduled to join its fleet in November, bringing forward the original delivery timeline from June 2022. The deliveries will bring Emirates’ total fleet of A380s to 118 aircraft in November, including six aircraft equipped with Premium Economy seats in […]

Queenstown going extra mile for passengers with hidden disabilities

People with disabilities travelling through Queenstown Airport can now do so a little easier thanks to the introduction of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. Sunflower lanyards are a way for passengers to discreetly let staff know they have a non-obvious disability and may need additional support or extra time to access services, move through the […]

New medical centre opens at BWI Marshall

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport’s passengers are in even safer hands following yesterday’s opening of a new on-site clinic. The FirstCall Medical Center offers a full range of services – emergency care, first aid, COVID-19 vaccines and PCR and rapid antigen tests, travel vaccines, and more at its new location in the main terminal, near […]

Dubai Airports Youth Council initiative to develop future leaders

Dubai Airports has collaborated with the UAE’s Federal Youth Authority (FYA) to create the Dubai Airports Youth Council. Aligned with other top UAE government entities, the DA Youth Council was developed with the vision of the UAE’s leaders in mind and is the latest example of the airport’s commitment to developing the next generation of […]

KAC exporting its expertise internationally

The first half of 2021 has been a busy one for Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), which has quietly gone about expanding in the international arena by undertaking a feasibility study for an airport development project in Laos and been awarded the concession to operate and develop Manta Airport in Ecuador. KAC – which in 2019 […]

London Gatwick bidding to use forgotten about existing Northern Runway

London Gatwick, famous for being the world’s busiest single runway airport for decades, today announced that it will start a public consultation process on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway. According to the airport, the scheme will help secure the airports long-term growth, generating approximately 18,400 additional […]

Guernsey Airport to start work on new master plan

AECOM has been chosen to deliver a new masterplan for Guernsey Airport that will shape business priorities and investment over the next 15 years. According to AECOM, key priorities of the masterplan for the Channel Islands gateway will be to look at ways to increase non-aeronautical revenue and improve passenger experience. It will, for example, […]

Whataburger to open outlet at San Antonio International Airport

San Antonio based fast food operator, Whataburger, will join the list of F&B providers at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) when it opens an outlet at the Texas gateway early next year. Opened by F&B concessionaire, Paradies Lagardère, Whataburger’s outlet will be located in Terminal A’s foodcourt and will feature a custom art wall to […]

COVID safety audit praises Aberdeen and Glasgow airports

Aberdeen and Glasgow airports in the UK have been praised for their high safety standards following an international COVID-secure audit scheme introduced to give passengers confidence in flying as the safe restart of international travel continues. Launched by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the voluntary scheme was introduced following a recommendation from the UK Government’s […]

Helsinki’s “magnificent” new entrance to T2 to open on December 1

Finavia today reminded the world that the “magnificent new entrance” to Terminal 2 at Helsinki Airport will open to passengers on December 1 – exactly 100 days from now. The new entrance, which will lead to new traffic arrangements to the terminal, is the largest development project in Finavia’s history. “The airport’s new entrance and […]

Work starts on Phase 2 of Denver International Airport’s Great Hall

Despite some setbacks, the development of Denver International Airport’s Great Hall is still very much a work in progress, with the Colorado gateway recently breaking ground on Phase 2 of the project. The multi-phased project includes a renovation of the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal to create an airport for the future with enhanced safety and security, […]

‘Stabilisation plan’ helped Queenstown Airport through last year

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has admitted that implementing a plan to “stabilise the business in the complex and uncertain operating environment created by COVID-19″ was top of the agenda during its last financial year, ending June 30. Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on the business and the region, QAC Board chair, Adrienne Young-Cooper, noted […]

Splash of colour comes to Miami International Airport

Magnus Sodamin’s vibrantly colourful, Everglades-inspired murals are turning heads at Miami International Airport. Visitors to Miami International Airport can get an eyeful of Sodamin’s environmentally conscious work with Reflections of Florida Wild, the artist’s latest mural located at MIA’s Concourse E on the first floor near Door 9 (pre-security). The long-time Miami resident sees his […]

Federal funding for Calgary’s runway rehabilitation project

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is to receive C$57.5 million from the Canadian government to help it complete the rehabilitation of its west runway (Runway 17R/35L). The funding comes under the umbrella of Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, which is specifically designed to ensure that airports complete investments in infrastructure deemed crucial to maintain safety, […]

Half year losses spell out harsh realities of life for Copenhagen Airports

In announcing a DKK851 million loss before tax for the first half of 2021, Copenhagen Airports today spelt out the harsh realities of the impact of the COVID pandemic on aviation. The loss came as just 1.4 million passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport (CPH) in the first half of the year compared to the 14.4 […]

Virgin Atlantic to launch flights to Barbados from Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport is celebrating a major coup this morning with the news that Virgin Atlantic will launch non-stop flights to Barbados from the Scottish capital in December. And it gets even better for Edinburgh as the airline will follow the launch with the start of direct services to Orlando in March 2022. The flight to […]

First big monthly traffic rise since March 2020 for Brussels South Charleroi

July proved kind to Brussels South Charleroi Airport which is delighted to report that it enjoyed its first significant month-on-month rise in passengers since March 2020. The Belgian airport reveals that “a strong rise in traveller numbers” during the first month of the summer led to 558,328 passengers passing through its facilities in July – […]

Dubai International Airport preparing for busiest weekend of the year

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is preparing for its busiest weekend of the year and expects to handle more than one million passengers over an 11 day period that traditionally marks the end of the summer holidays in the UAE. The expected surge in numbers to over 100,000 passengers a day at DXB also coincides with the […]

‘Berlin loves you’ message sent from former Tegel Airport

Berliners celebrated the easing of COVID restrictions on Saturday by hosting a special dinner party at the city’s former Tegel Airport where over 1,000 tables were set out on the runway to send the message ‘Berlin loves you’ Called the Berlin Freedom Dinner, it is hoped that the event will set the scene for the […]

Time for a new approach?

Iyad Hindiyeh, Amadeus Airport IT’s senior vice president for strategy and marketing, considers some of the integration challenges and opportunities facing airports today. Airports are extremely complex operational environments with many different applications that need to share information in order to deliver a safe and efficient service, therefore the integration of the IT systems governing […]

Rome Fiumicino reopens check-in area in Terminal 1

Rome Fiumicino International Airport today reopened the check-in area in Terminal 1, which has been closed since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in March 2020. The airport, currently handling around 60,000 passengers a day compared to pre-COVID levels of 154,000, believes that the move will help it maximise service and safety levels as demand slowly […]

Hong Kong cargo handling giant introduces first robot

Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), has taken its first step into robotics with the opening of a new Automated Parts Store (APS) for its giant container and loose cargo handling systems. The new, robotically-operated parts dispensing system enables urgently-needed spares to be quickly accessed around the clock, […]

Green light for new Terminal 6 at New York’s JFK International Airport

The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a public private-partnership agreement with JFK Millennium Partners – including JetBlue Airways – to build a new $3.9 billion state-of-the-art Terminal 6 at JFK International Airport. The new 1.2 million square foot terminal, which will connect to JetBlue’s […]

People Matters

Routes back to the workplace For many people, the most challenging journey they will face in the next few months will not be their first international flight – but their return to the physical workplace. For some, it will come as quite a shock. Employees all over the world have tasted newfound freedoms in not […]

Air traffic continues to rise across Germany

Germany is currently experiencing its biggest traffic increase of the year, according to air navigation provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung. Fuelled by the start of the holiday season and an easing of travel restrictions, DFS reports that it recorded the strongest traffic increase of the year so far in July. And for the first time since March […]

London City Airport unveils its first public artwork

London City Airport (LCY) has unveiled its first ever public art commission – Destination London, by the critically acclaimed East London artist, Anne Hardy. This unique work, located in the West Pier arrivals corridor, will greet millions of international visitors as passengers return to the airport and London reopens to the world. According to LCY, […]

Brisbane Airport’s Export Park to get new industrial site

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is set to open up rare industrial leasing space on Brisbane’s northside, with the development of a new warehouse and distribution facility within the successful Export Park precinct. The industrial facility is being developed on a 21,000m² site on Litsea Street and will offer approximately 10,000m² of nett lettable area including […]

Fraport’s interim results for first half of 2021 makes for better reading

Global airport operator, Fraport AG, today unveiled its interim results for the first half of 2021, and it makes for better reading than its end of year 2020 accounts, with traffic “markedly picking up” in the second quarter of the year. Indeed, despite a weak first quarter, for the first time since the outbreak of […]

New F&B opportunities up for grabs at Chicago O’Hare

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has announced that four new leasing opportunities are up for grabs in Chicago O’Hare’s newly modernised and expanded Terminal 5. The Terminal 5 leasing opportunity is open to all businesses, and URW has evolved its Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) to encourage small, local business and ACDBE participation. In addition, to better serve customers, URW […]

New speciality retail shops open at Washington National Airport

Marshall Retail Group has unveiled its newest airport retail concept, Capitol File News, and a newly-added InMotion location are now open inside Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The newest openings inside DCA mark the retail group’s largest collection of stores as a family of brands under the WH Smith umbrella. According to the Marshall […]

WBP News

The latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Unisys wins Australian baggage reconciliation contract An international airline consortium operating to and from Australia has agreed to a six-year engagement with Unisys to provide an advanced Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) at seven international airports at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. Acting […]

Frankfurt Airport to open new interactive Visitor Center next week

Frankfurt Airport will open a new €5.7 million multi-media Visitor Center in Terminal 1 on August 2 specifically designed to showcase the “fascinating world of aviation up-close”. Located in Hall C, the 1,200 metre attraction will boast a number of interactive and other features that the airport is confident will offer an exciting glimpse behind […]

London City Airport releases new welcome back video to travellers

London City Airport (LCY) in the UK today released a new video to welcome back and support passengers as they resume travelling through the airport this summer. It has timed the release to coincide with what it calls building momentum at the airport at the start of the summer holiday season, with more international flights […]

Flying start

SFO’s multi-billion dollar capital improvement programme will use technology to transform infrastructure data management, operations and the traveller experience, writes Esri’s global transportation industry director, Terry Bills. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has embarked on a multi-billion capital improvement programme which, when complete, will transform operations and the travel experience at San Francisco International Airport. […]

TAV Airports excited about a potentially ‘robust’ third quarter

TAV Airports handled 13.1 million passengers and generated €156 million in revenue across its global airport network during the first half of 2021. The passenger total amounted to 8 million domestic and 5.1 million international passengers at its airports, which include gateways in Turkey, Tunisia, Croatia, North Macedonia and Saudi Arabia. “We had a very […]

Annecy Mont-Blanc to join VINCI Airport’s global network next year

VINCI Airports has added Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport to its global airport network after signing an agreement to resume responsibility for its management, operation and development for the next 15 years from January 1, 2022. All current staff at the French gateway will join the wholly owned VINCI Airports subsidiary handling the Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport concession. […]

Back on the radar

Airport World reports on a number of new route announcements and the return of some key international services for airports in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. It would be easy to think that route development was off the agenda in today’s COVID impacted world, but despite everything, airlines continue to inaugurate or announce the planned […]

Extra funding to support air services to remote communities in Saskatchewan

The Canadian government has announced that it will provide an additional C$1.167 million in funding to the province of Saskatchewan to ensure that it is able to continue the support of essential air services for remote communities. It notes that the global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Northern and remote communities which depend […]

Lima’s pioneering new duty free agreement

Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport will soon have a new duty free partner in Lagardère Travel Retail after the two signed off on a pioneering profit-share agreement in Paris yesterday. Global airport operator, Fraport, is responsible for operating and developing the Peruvian gateway through subsidiary, Lima Airport Partners (LAP). Both LAP and Lagardère Travel Retail […]

New tool to help airports as they gear up for expected rise in traffic

ACI World today released a new tool to assist airports in planning for the return of passengers to their terminals as hopes grow that aviation’s recovery from COVID will gain momentum in the second half of the year. The new Static Capacity Tool – developed by ACI World Business Partner (WBP), Redwater Consulting Group – […]

Challenging times

How are Europe’s airports faring one year and counting on from the outbreak of COVID-19? ACI EUROPE’s director general, Olivier Jankovec, provides a progress report. Although far from alone in suffering from the impact of COVID-19, the past 17 months has been a period like no other for Europe’s airports, which have faced a near […]

New biometric solutions introduced at Tokyo Haneda

Collins Aerospace has completed deployment of its ARINC SelfPass biometrics solution at Tokyo Haneda, one of the busiest airports in Asia-Pacific. The technology will help streamline passenger journeys through Haneda by reducing the need for physical interaction with staff and bottlenecks at multiple passenger touchpoints. “Our ‘Face Express’ system will allow passengers to efficiently proceed […]

Team effort

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) establishes a new model for hiring local, diverse teams to work on the upgrade of LAX and Van Nuys airports, write Chris Robert, Jon Philips and Anne Fletcher. As the aviation industry begins to awaken after a tumultuous year, we can come back stronger than we were before, particularly when […]

Health Accreditation for Brazil’s Salvador Bahia Airport

Salvador Bahia Airport has become the first gateway in the northeast region of Brazil to be granted Airport Health Accreditation status by ACI for its anti-COVID measures. Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) celebrates and promotes the best sanitary practices in the airport industry. In order to receive the accreditation, Salvador Bahia Airport underwent a voluntary assessment by the AHA programme, […]

Transforming LAX

Chief development officer, Bernardo Gogna, provides an update on Los Angeles International Airport’s $14.5 billion Capital Improvement Program and the recent opening of two key new facilities. As Los Angeles gears up to welcome the world over the course of the next seven years as the host city for Super Bowl LVI and the 2028 […]

LEED Gold certification for LaGuardia’s Terminal B

LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B has been awarded LEED v4 Gold certification for the completed phases of the new terminal, which encompasses the Arrivals & Departures Hall, Eastern Concourse, Eastern Pedestrian Bridge and the Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant. Operator, LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), notes that it makes LaGuardia Terminal B the first airport project in […]

Munich Airport subsidiary enhances its global ORAT offering

Munich Airport subsidiary, Munich Airport International (MAI), is to partner with Atlanta-based Citiri to offer digital operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) services to airport operators and infrastructure developers across the globe. MAI claims that by combining its knowhow and experience of helping airports open new facilities with Citiri’s ORAT management platform software, the partners […]

Summer 2022 set to be busiest ever for Doncaster Sheffield Airport

It may not be one of the UK’s better known airports, but Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) has some big ambitions, and its efforts to boost its route network have been boosted by TUI’s decision to expand its operations from the gateway next summer. The package holiday giant has announced that it will launch services to Faro […]

Changing dynamics

Domestic routes, traditionally the undervalued siblings of more lucrative international services, are leading aviation’s fight back from COVID. But how long is this likely to last? OAG’s senior analyst, John Grant, investigates. The last eighteen months have been the most challenging in the history of commercial aviation, balance sheets have been wrecked, demand shattered, and […]

Cork Airport to rebuild runway as part of €40 million upgrade

Cork Airport has awarded the main construction contract for the rebuilding of the airport’s main runway to Colas Limited, which has extensive experience of completing similar runway projects across the world. Ireland’s Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton, visited the airport today to meet with airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy, and Colas Ireland CEO, Gearoid Lohan, […]

Traffic turnaround building pace in Copenhagen

There may still be a long way to go, but passenger numbers are finally on the rise at Copenhagen Airport, the Danish gateway handling nearly twice as many travellers last month than it did in May. And although the June upturn only amounted to an average of 17,000 passengers a day compared to pre-COVID levels […]

Ryanair looking to recruit 2,000 new pilots

Ryanair today demonstrated its confidence in aviation’s ability to bounce back from COVID by announcing plans to recruit 2,000 new pilots over the next three years. The Irish airline’s announcement follows the recent delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 aircraft, which it says will help it lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and […]

View from the top

As aviation recovers, airports need flexibility in setting airport charges, writes ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira. With traffic still down on pre-COVID levels and passenger numbers not expected to recover before 2024, airport operators are likely to face significant financial challenges during aviation’s recovery period. Taking stock of the fact that airports […]

Finnair to set up base at Stockholm Arlanda and expand to US and Asia

Finnish flag carrier, Finnair, is to set up a base at Stockholm Arlanda and launch long-haul operations to Bangkok, Phuket and Miami from the Swedish gateway. Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, notes that the motivation for the move is the potential for international growth in the Swedish market from the start of the winter schedules. The […]

BLOG: Why now is the right time to be investing in the aviation industry

The COVID pandemic has triggered one of the most disruptive periods on record for air travel. As a result, many carriers have had to make dramatic spending cuts over the past year and the economic impact has put a significant strain on the liquidity buffers of airline companies. On top of this, it will come […]

New luxury fashion outlets open at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail has completed the renovation of the luxury fashion & accessories offer in the domestic terminal of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. It is confident that the upgrade, which includes the opening of 18 boutiques showcasing many of the world’s most coveted luxury brands in China, will “elevate the travel retail experience at one […]

Spotlight on route development at MIA: Sunny delight!

Miami International Airport’s route network continues to grow with Emirates launching services to Dubai and Southwest and JetBlue joining the gateway’s low-cost carriers, writes MIA’s communications director, Greg Chin. Qatar, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, EL AL Israel Airlines and American Airlines will offer non-stop flights to the Middle East from Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer […]

Aviation can supercharge the UK’s economy post-Brexit

London Heathrow, desperate to speed up the return of safe international travel, today flagged up a new report by the Centre for Economics & Business Research, which claims that aviation needs to be at the heart of the UK’s future economic growth. The new research highlights how the UK could undergo an economic pivot post-Brexit, […]

Pioneering Istanbul Airport renews Airport Health Accreditation

Airports Council International (ACI) today announced that Istanbul Airport has become the first airport in the world to be reaccredited through the Airport Health Accreditation programme. The Turkish gateway was the first in the world to be accredited in 2020 and now the airport is the first in the world to be reaccredited for another […]

Göteborg Landvetter’s airport city boosted by Zeppelin Sverige deal

Swedavia’s plans to develop an airport city at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (Gothenburg) have been boosted by Zeppelin Sverige AB’s decision to set up its Swedish headquarters in one of the gateway’s new business parks. In order to meet continued strong demand for logistics properties, Swedavia is planning to develop a further 350,000 square metres of […]

Global effort

With international travel still very much on hold because of COVID-19, restoring route networks and global connectivity is going to take the effort of all stakeholders that benefit from aviation, writes York Aviation’s James Brass. The last 18 months have been profoundly strange for the air transport industry. After years of growth and expanding route […]

South Sudan claims ownership of airspace and will collect air navigation fees

Ten years after gaining independence, South Sudan is welcoming the world’s international aviation operators and airliners into its skies following the launch of a state-of-the-art, online airspace management system. In a move that is expected to open up new routes, boost tourism and generate much-needed revenue for the economy, operators of commercial, cargo and aid […]

Predicting the unpredictable

ASM Global Route Development’s senior vice president for consulting and product development, Nigel Mayes, considers the impact COVID-19 has had on route development. The impact of COVID-19 on aviation is clear to see from the pictures of parked aircraft and empty airport terminals to the vacant beaches and closed hotels. But what has been the […]

BLOG: Fast and efficient

Enhanced wireless networks are key to enabling the digitalisation of airports and taking performance and safety to the next level, writes Nokia’s global aviation practice lead, Richard van Wijk. Given its reliance on the movement of people, it is little wonder the aviation industry was among those hit hardest by the pandemic. Countries locked down, […]

Greenville-Spartanburg unveils potential roadmap for development

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) has released an updated Terminal Area Study that it says provides a roadmap for the future development of the terminal, roadways and parking facilities. According to the South Carolina gateway, the study confirms that GSP can accommodate future passenger growth and provides details on how and when GSP should start planning […]

Huge investments needed in airport infrastructure to meet future demand

It might not seem like a priority right now, but ACI World today revealed that more than $2.4 trillion will have to be spent on enhancing the infrastructure of the world’s airports by 2040 in order to meet future demand. The size of the task ahead, which will include modernising existing facilities as well as […]

Bahrain International Airport: Ready to grow

Bahrain International Airport’s new terminal gives it the potential to grow and become a firm favourite with passengers over the coming decades, writes Joe Bates. Bahrain International Airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal is the crowning jewel of a $1.1 billion infrastructure development programme designed to transform it into a world-class boutique airport and a key driver […]

IAG Cargo flights use sustainable aviation fuel on charter flights

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of the International Airlines Group, completed its first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) charter chain of 16 flights from Stuttgart to Atlanta last week. Working with their partner Kuehne+Nagel, IAG Cargo sourced 1.2 million litres of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Neste. This collaboration is believed to mark the first […]

Pittsburgh’s eco-friendly new terminal to be powered by ‘green’ energy

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is set to become the first in the world to be powered by its own microgrid fuelled by thousands of solar panels and natural gas from airport land, it is claimed today. World-renowned technology institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and a host of innovative Pittsburgh-based tech firms […]

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport opens for business

China’s newest gateway to the world, the $11 billion Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in Sichuan Province, has opened for business. Located in Jianyang district, approximately 50km east of downtown Chengdu, the new airport will play an important role in the development of the Sichuan Province economy and its 80 million inhabitants. Considered as a hub […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Route development Airport report: Bahrain Special report: The modernisation of LAX Plus: IT innovation, WBP news & People matters Routes and destinations Editor, Joe Bates, considers the current difficulties faced with international travel and restoring air connectivity in this ‘route development’ themed issue. With countries, regions and different parts of […]

Airport Dimensions and Swissport acquires No1 Lounges

Lounge operator Airport Dimensions has acquired the No1 Lounges business through joint venture SwissportALD. The acquisition will see Airport Dimensions and Swissport operate nine No1 lounge portfolio spaces at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Birmingham airports in the UK. As part of the acquisition, Airport Dimensions and Swissport will be taking on the iconic No1 […]

Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 welcomes first passengers in 15 months

After being awakened from its 15-month long hibernation, Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D welcomed back their first passengers today. The first arrival was a flynas flight XY201 from the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Linked to Terminal 1 by an airport train, the $1.2 billion Concourse D, opened in February 2016 as […]

Edinburgh Airport’s sustainability strategy includes new solar farm

Edinburgh Airport today published its new sustainability strategy, which includes plans to build an eleven-acre solar farm on the airfield. The announcement and strategy comes on the same day as the airport confirms carbon neutral status for emissions under its direct control, demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future. The solar farm, the first […]

FAA awards $8 billion in grants to help US airports recover from COVID

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it is to award $8 billion in grants to “keep US airport workers employed, construction projects going and help US airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic”. The funding for the grants comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 President Biden signed into […]

DXB opens 24/7 laboratory for rapid COVID-19 tests

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has officially opened of one of the world’s largest and most modern airport labs for the on-site processing of COVID-19 RT PCR tests. Located close to Terminal 2, the 20,000 square-foot laboratory is a dedicated facility for round-the-clock processing of RT-PCR test samples collected from passengers at DXB. And according to […]

UK aviation industry outlines plans for achieving net zero carbon emissions

The UK’s leading airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air service navigation providers today reaffirmed their joint commitment to a net zero future for UK aviation, setting out a first set of interim decarbonisation targets that will act as milestones on the path to net zero aviation by 2050. Industry is targeting at least an overall […]

Recognition for work of Glasgow Airport’s first responders during COVID-19 pandemic

Glasgow Airport’s team of volunteer community first responders have been recognised for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Paul Scott, Kevin McGuire, Steven Mitchell, Douglas McShane, Jeanette Paton, Jennifer Mulligan, Philip Gillespie and Katy Gracey were presented with a commemorative coin from the Scottish Ambulance Service for outstanding dedication and care. Six of those […]

Post-pandemic mega trends for travel retail

Changing consumption patterns due to the global pandemic is causing the emergence of new mega trends in travel retail, according to the latest consumer research from m1nd-set. The research introduces a range of new consumer trends that are affecting shopper behaviour and highlights, several of which will be specific to the travel retail sector. And, […]

Tokyo Narita deploys new customer feedback technology

Customer feedback provider, HappyOrNot, has installed its smiley push button machines at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport ahead of the city hosting the Summer Olympics. Using HappyOrNot’s Smiley Terminal push-button type terminals, Narita International Airport (NRT) will collect substantial amounts of customer feedback, enabling it to monitor their passenger’s security experience at 23 checkpoints across the […]

Scenario planning will help airports cope with the expected Q3 upturn in traffic

As restrictions begin to ease in the UK and with many hoping that more countries will be added to the government’s green list, online searches for flights are increasing, writes Entec Si’s Eman Al-Hillawi. While this is positive news for airports, many of which have struggled during the pandemic, it is crucial that they put […]

Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport unveils new showpiece terminal

Ljubljana Airport today inaugurated its new 10,000sqm passenger terminal, although the Slovenian gateway’s key new asset won’t officially open to passengers until July 1. Operator Fraport Slovenija, a subsidiary of global airport operator Fraport AG, has invested some €21 million in the ultra-modern terminal, which will ensure that Ljubljana Airport is equipped to meet future […]

ACI confirms airport industry’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050

ACI World and the five ACI regions – in collaboration with members – have created a long-term carbon goal for their member airports. The announcement simpy says: “ACI member airports at a global level commit to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and urge governments to provide the necessary support in this endeavour.” Climate […]

Traffic steadily rising at Quito International Airport

Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport today revealed that it has handled 1.1 million passengers since reopening for commercial flights a year ago following its temporary closure due to the global pandemic. The Ecuadorian gateway has welcomed an average of 95,985 passengers a month over the last year – 77% lower than its pre-pandemic levels when […]

Star Alliance airlines step up biometric identity programmes

Frequent flyers on Star Alliance member airlines will soon be able to use their biometric identity across any participating airline at any participating airport following a new agreement between the world’s largest airline alliance, NEC Corporation and SITA. The agreement announced today is aimed at accelerating the availability of biometric self-service touchpoints across Star Alliance’s […]

Travel retailer Gebr Heinemann ready to come back stronger

Travel retail operator, Gebr Heinemann, has revealed that it is gearing up for aviation’s recovery and is in a good place to resume where it left off before the global pandemic, despite a 67% drop in revenues in 2020. “We firmly believe in the travel market and are setting our organisation up for the restart, […]

Salvador Bahia retains status as Brazil’s most sustainable airport

For the second running, Salvador Bahia Airport has been named as Brazil’s most sustainable airport by the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac). The airport, which is part of the VINCI Airports group, achieved the highest score in its size category in the Sustainable Airports Award. Salvador Bahia Airport also obtained the highest score among all […]

PEOPLE matters

Commercial spirit How can you create the commercial spirit that will help airports to recover the ground lost during the pandemic? In our work with organisations and organisation culture we have met and worked with many successful entrepreneurs. Most have run their own companies, but a few have been successful inside corporations. Whatever the setting, […]

Latest images show that Portland’s new terminal will be green and impressive

Design firm ZGF Architects has released some more design images of the planned new $1.5 billion terminal at Portland International Airport. Building on a long history of work at Portland International Airport (PDX), ZGF is designing a new main terminal that will double the existing footprint and create capacity for 35 million passengers by 2045 […]

Munich Airport to resume operations in Terminal 1 this summer

Munich Airport will resume operations in Terminal 1 this summer in anticipation of rising passenger numbers. Like many airports around the world, the airport decided to close the terminal to traffic to concentrate operations in Terminal 2 to make best use of its resources and save money. The German gateway handled 400 flights and 36,000 […]

Incheon to open new cool centre for cargo later this year

Incheon International Airport has announced that it will open a new Cool Center to handle perishable cargo shipments in the second half of this year. The new complex is expected to improve the airport’s hub competitiveness by reducing the transhipment time and costs for consignments ranging from fresh fruit and cut flowers to COVID-19 vaccines. […]

Multiplex to build new terminal at Western Sydney Airport

Multiplex Constructions has won the contract to design and build the passenger terminal at Australia’s planned new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. The A$5.3 billion airport is slated to open in late 2026 and will initially be equipped to handle around 10 million passengers per annum. Airbiz is the designated specialist airport planner on […]

New communications technology for Colombia’s ATC towers

The Civil Aviation Authority of Colombia (Aerocivil) is to install Rohde & Schwarz’s IP based voice communications system (VCS), CERTIUM, systems at 36 airports across the country. The VCS technology will complement the over 1,000 CERTIUM air traffic control (ATC) radios Rohde & Schwarz has aleady installed in more than 80 Colombian airports. CERTIUM VCS will be deployed in six main […]

Terminal 1 extension opens at Los Angeles International Airport

The transformation of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is gathering pace, with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, unveiling a $477.5 million extension to Terminal 1 on Friday – the second new addition to LAX’s infrastructure in the space of a few weeks after the opening of Tom Bradley International Terminal’s West Gates. The latest development […]

Green pioneers

Airport World reviews a handful of pioneering new sustainability initiatives and salutes Swedavia for becoming the first operator to achieve Net Zero emissions across its airport network. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles. In August 2019, SFO […]

Liege Airport to welcome new Saudi Cargo operations

Cargo operations at Liege Airport have been boosted by the news that Saudi Cargo is to up the frequency of freighter flights to the Belgian gateway. The airline signed a contract with the airport yesterday confirming its decision to step up its operations in Liege. Commenting on the airline’s decision, Liege Airport CEO, Frédéric Jacquet, […]

WBP News

A snapshot of the latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Jacobs to help Washington DC airports enhance passenger experience The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has chosen Jacobs to help it enhance the overall airline and passenger experience at Reagan National and Dulles airports. Under the terms of the agreement, Jacobs will provide facilities condition […]

New hotel opens at Göteburg-Landvetter as airport city continues to grow

Traffic at its airports may be down for now, but a sign of Sweden’s confidence in the recovery of air travel was demonstrated at Göteborg-Landvetter Airport (Gothenburg) this week with the opening of a new 223-room hotel. The airport notes that the addition of the Scandic Landvetter has doubled the number of hotel rooms at […]

Redefining airport retail

A pioneering new e-commerce initiative aims to make airport shopping in Malaysia and at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey easier and more convenient. Malaysia Airports is one of the world’s largest airport operators in terms of passenger numbers, handling more than 141.2 million across its network of 39 Malaysian airports and Istanbul Sabiha […]

Travel chaos at Europe’s airports this summer unless governments do more to help

ACI Europe has issued a warning to governments about the risk of travellers having to spend hours at Europe’s airports over the summer due to COVID-19 checks. With the on-going and expected further easing of travel restrictions both within Europe and beyond on the back of improving epidemiological situations, Europe’s airports are looking forward to […]

Advantage Anchorage

Eland Conway tells us more about a record breaking year for cargo at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and some ambitious plans to enhance its freight handling capabilities. The coronavirus pandemic has caused global disruption and a downturn in passenger traffic the likes of which we’ve never seen before, and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport […]

Fraport optimistic about future after toughest ever year

Fraport’s executive board chairman, Dr Stefan Schulte, will reveal the impact of COVID-19 on Frankfurt Airport and the group’s global airport portfolio, and confirm his optimism about aviation’s ability to bounce back, when he addresses shareholders at the company’s virtual Annual General Meeting on Tuesday. Referring to last 12 months as “the most severe and […]

New digital services and revenue management system for London Luton

London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced the adoption of a number of new digital services to improve the passenger experience as well as the introduction of new software designed to automate the billing of the airport’s aeronautical revenues. The new digital services include the introduction of unlimited 10mb/s Wi-Fi across the terminal building, the creation of […]

Sihl Group and eezeetags announce self-service check-in partnership

As Europe’s airline industry gear up for the resumption of international travel this summer, the Sihl Group and eezeetags BV have announced that they are working together to help expedite self-service check-in at airports. The two companies have developed a concept for this market that is based on PRESSURETAC – the market leading, patented product […]

Going global

By diversifying its portfolio to offer management, consulting and training services worldwide, Munich Airport has expanded its footprint far beyond Bavaria, writes Ivonne Kuger. The past year will surely go down as the worst in the history of commercial aviation, and with global passenger traffic struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and revenues down […]

Heathrow celebrates its 75th birthday as a commercial airport

London’s Heathrow Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a commercial gateway. Since opening for civilian aviation in 1946, Heathrow has welcomed over 2.5 billion passengers through its doors and has played host to some of Britain’s most memorable moments ranging from the Beatles returning to the UK as global superstars in 1964; to the […]

Seven new gates and post security connector open at SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1

San Francisco International Airport’s $2.4 billion Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is a step closer to completion today following the opening of seven new departure gates and a new post-security connector to the International Terminal. Also unveiled today was a new museum gallery and a new display of exhibit content honouring the life and legacy of […]

New baggage handling system ready to go at London Stansted

The pandemic may have brought airports to a standstill, but beneath London Stansted’s terminal a £70m baggage system revamp has been driven to the finish line. The project, which took four years to complete, is the largest upgrade to the airport’s baggage network since the terminal opened in 1991. It involved replacing the ageing set-up […]

Frankfurt Airport to re-open Terminal 2 to meet rising demand

Frankfurt Airport is to re-open its Terminal 2 on June 1 in anticipation of rising passenger numbers during the upcoming holiday season in Europe. A list of the airlines that will be based in Terminal 2 from June 1 onward is available via our airport website at www.frankfurt-airport.com. “We’re very pleased to announce that, after more […]

LAX opens the Tom Bradley International Terminal’s new $1.73 billion West Gates

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) continues to enhance its infrastructure, this morning celebrating the opening of the $1.73 billion West Gates at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. According to Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, the latest investment delivers a modern guest experience with cutting-edge technology, stunning architecture, a checked-bag storage system, biometric boarding gates and […]

BWI Airport unveils new electric vehicle charging stations

Maryland transportation leaders and BGE officials today unveiled new fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The four new DC fast charging (DCFC) stations, located in the airport’s Cell Phone Lot, will allow motorists to charge their electric vehicles while waiting for airline passengers to arrive at the airport. “This is […]

Leading by example

Airport World gets the latest news and reaction to ACI’s 2020 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer experience awards. It might have been easy for the world’s airports to let their usual high customer service standards drop in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic significantly reduced their passenger numbers, but ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey proved […]

Eurocontrol traffic forecast predicts long road to recovery for aviation

Eurocontrol, never one to sugar coat matters, today predicted that air traffic in Europe won’t return to 2019 levels until 2024 at the earliest. The bleak scenario is outlined in a new forecast looking at the possible evolution of domestic and international air traffic in Europe over the coming four years taking into account the expected […]

First aircraft taxis under LaGuardia Airport’s new skybridge

A Southwest Airlines flight to Tampa today had the honour of becoming the first aircraft to taxi under the new eastern pedestrian skybridge at New York-LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. Passengers inside Terminal B awaiting their flights were able to watch the first aircraft taxi right underneath them as they stood inside the pedestrian skybridge. The […]

CAA and Public Health England accredit London City Airport’s health measures

The health and safety measures in place at London City Airport have been formally approved as COVID-secure by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Public Health England (PHE), in line with the CART Take-Off guidelines set out by the ICAO. During a rigorous two-day assessment, which included a full audit of the passenger journey […]

ACI World confirms date for 2021’s Customer Experience Global Summit

ACI World has announced that its industry-leading Customer Experience Global Summit will return in September 2021 to be hosted as a hybrid event in Montréal, Canada. The third edition of ACI World’s Customer Experience Global Summit will be held at Montreal’s Palais des Congres on September 8 and 9, exploring the theme Gateway to the […]

Out of this world

Augusto Bernal tells us more about how the Houston Airport System (HAS) is driving the development of Houston Spaceport at the city’s Ellington Airport. While much of the aerospace news coming out of Texas recently focused on Elon Musk’s expansion of SpaceX at the southern tip of the state, more than 350 miles to the […]

Gatwick’s recovery vital for jobs and local economy – new reports

London Gatwick’s revival could generate over 50,000 new jobs and £8.4 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) by 2028 – enough to fund 222,000 primary school places or 70,000 nurses across the region, according to a new economic assessment report. The report, published yesterday, even goes as far to argue that Gatwick’s strong revival is critical […]

Edmonton and Air Canada sign partnership to reduce carbon emissions

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Air Canada are signing a new partnership to reduce carbon emissions and advance a green and sustainable aviation sector. The EIA-Air Canada Sustainability Partnership aims to reduce the carbon impact of air travel with both organisations working together to test emerging green technologies at EIA’s Airport City Sustainability Campus, an ecosystem […]

Quito’s O’Brian to become CEO of Reach Airports

Outgoing Quiport president and CEO, Andrew O’Brian, will become CEO of US-based Reach Airports on August 1. O’Brian says that he is looking forward to a new challenge after overseeing the growth and development of Ecuador’s Quito International Airport for the last eight years. Reach Airports is a joint venture between Munich Airport subsidiary, Munich […]

Frankfurt Airport to re-open North Runway ahead of predicted summer traffic rise

Frankfurt Airport has announced that its Northwest Runway (07L/25R) will resume operations on June 1 in anticipation of a rise in aircraft movements this summer. It believes that its expectations are backed by the forecasts issued by Eurocontrol, the European air traffic co-ordination agency. “There has already been an increase in take-offs and landings in […]

Maryland governor visits BWI Airport expansion project

Maryland governor, Larry Hogan, yesterday toured the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport’s new Concourse A Extension project. According to the airport, the much anticipated development which will add important services and amenities for Maryland residents and visitors as it remains the busiest airport in the region. “BWI Marshall Airport serves as a critical engine for […]

Punching beyond their reach

MXD’s Chris LeTourneur explores how mid-sized regional airports are driving revenue growth through commercial and logistics development. Mid-sized regional airports have always been critical economic engines for their adjacent regions, by facilitating passenger connectivity with larger gateway airports and business markets. They have also had the benefit of an abundance of land beyond what is […]

Double digit increase in cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport

Cargo volumes at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) are rising, although passenger numbers continue to struggle, based on the gateway’s April traffic statistics, released today by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK). The latest totals show that the airport handled 389,000 tonnes of cargo (+15.5%) in April, and while both its passenger numbers and air traffic […]

New Fly Well Clinic opens at John Wayne Airport

California’s John Wayne Airport has announced the opening of a Fly Well Clinic, making it one of just a few airports in the US to offer travellers onsite COVID-19 vaccinations, urgent care, telehealth consultations and vital screenings. Located post-security in Terminal B across from Gate 10, the new clinic also will offer flu shots during […]

Delivering the goods

How did the world’s leading cargo gateways fare in 2020 and what are they expecting from the year ahead? Joe Bates reports. In terms of volumes and payloads, air cargo fared much better than the passenger side of the business in 2020, and that seems likely to be repeated for most or all of this […]

New retail outlets open at Baltimore/Washington

The retail mix at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Mrshall Airport (BWI) has been enhanced with the opening of two new outlets operated by the Marshall Retail Group (MRG). MRG, a WHSmith company, believes that the new additions – District Market and America! – in Concourse D will appeal to passengers as both provide a little slice […]

London City Airport welcomes the return of SWISS services

London City Airport (LCY) today welcomed the resumption of SWISS services to Zurich (ZRH), the route to Switzerland’s largest city previously being one of the gateway’s most popular prior to the global pandemic. SWISS will operate two rotations per week to Zurich initially, although their schedule will increase in line with the anticipated surges in […]

S&P Global Ratings expects cautious recovery for Europe’s airports

In the new edition of its Infrastructure & Energy Outlook magazine, S&P Global Ratings examines how airports and aviation have fared amid a resurgence of restrictions in Europe, and looks ahead to the future of the sector. “The rebound in European air traffic has been delayed, and a more meaningful recovery will now have to […]

Major new tenant for Brisbane’s fast growing Airport City

The list of tenants at Brisbane Airport (BNE) will soon include the world’s largest distributor for home-brewing brands such as Still Spirits, Mangrove Jacks, and Grainfather following the sod-turning ceremony for a new facility at the gateway. Bevie’s 2,600sqm state-of-the-art unit will be located within a Warehousing Industrial Duplex Facility on Grevillea Place in Export […]

View from the top

ACI World director, general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on the impact COVID-19 has had on aviation and plotting the road to recovery one year on from the outbreak of the global pandemic. A year on from the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 continues to have a huge impact on our lives and leave […]

New technology to help CVG enhance airport experience

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is to adopt Veovo’s airport-wide flow management technology to obtain a greater understanding of passenger movement beyond the security checkpoint and into other areas of the terminal and concourses. Specifically, the airport will be able to see how travellers, processes and airlines interact and interconnect. “Providing memorable and predictable journeys, from […]

Huge decrease in UK’s Air Passenger Duty revenue shows aviation’s decline

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) in the UK is citing the dramatic fall in Air Passenger Duty revenues as further evidence of the damage to aviation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. AOA research, based on the latest Air Passenger Duty statistics published by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on April 30, shows the […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Revenue diversification Airport report: Bermuda Special report: World’s busiest cargo airports Plus: Sustainability & 2020’s ASQ winners Financial times Editor, Joe Bates, considers the economic impact of COVID-19 on airports and how finding new revenue streams could help some survive. Anyone who has been in this industry for any length […]

Auto Bag Drop available at Pristina International Airport

Kosovo’s Pristina International Airport – Adem Jashari  has enhanced its self check-in options for passengers by rolling out Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units across its terminal. The new additions – 10 ABD units from ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company – are part of the latest technology upgrade by Limak Kosovo International Airport JSC, which […]

MIA to become test site for new drone detection technology

Miami International Airport is to be used as a test site by the US’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to trial new drone detection technology. The initial test of technologies that will detect, track, and identify (DTI) drones – also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – from entering into restricted airspace. “TSA’s establishment and management […]

Fraport to take over security duties at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport operator, Fraport, will take over responsibility for the bulk of all security operations at the German hub from January 1 next year. According to a new agreement signed with the federal authorities, from 2023, Fraport will be responsible for the organisation, financing, management and performance of aviation security at Frankfurt Airport. The handover […]

Milas-Bodrum becomes TAV’s sixth carbon accredited airport

Milas-Bodrum in Turkey has become the sixth gateway in TAV Airports’ global portfolio to receive Airport Carbon Accreditation certification, the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports. The self titled gateway to the Turkish Riviera has obtained Level 1 ‘Mapping’ certification in the ACI Europe launched programme. Milas-Bodrum Airport’s general manager, Iclal Kayaoglu, said: […]

Amazon to expand facilities at Tulsa International Airport

Amazon has announced plans to build a 270,000 square foot sortation facility on property adjacent to Tulsa International Airport. Located in North Mingo Avenue just off of Highway 169, the facility is expected to be completed in late 2021, making it Amazon’s third large investment in Tulsa, following the 2.5 million square foot fulfilment centre […]

‘Green kerosene’ to be available at Munich Airport from next month

Munich Airport will offer a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) option to its airlines from June 1 as it bids to further reduce its and aviation’s impact on the environment. After what it calls a thorough technical testing process, the German gateway says that its new SAF fuel depot is ready for business and will start […]

Bermuda calling

With its new state-of-the-art terminal, Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport has never been better equipped to offer passengers a unique and memorable experience, writes Joe Bates. It may not have had that many visitors yet due to the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the new terminal at Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport […]

Freighter conversion base to open at Incheon International Airport

Incheon International Airport Corporation today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group and Sharp Technics K to establish a passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion site in South Korea. The facility at Incheon International Airport will specialise in converting Boeing 777-ERSF (Big Twin) from passenger to freighter aircraft from 2024. […]

DXB gains Airport Health Accreditation for Dubai’s anti-COVID measures

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has gained Airport Health Accreditation from ACI, the certification officially endorsing its efforts to ensure the health and safety of passengers and airport workers. The Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme is designed to help reassure the travelling public about the safety of airport facilities and the precautions being taken by airports […]

Ramon Miró named as new president and CEO of Corporacíon Quiport

Quito International Airport will have a new boss on June 1 when Ramón Miró replaces Andrew O’Brian as the new president and CEO of operator, Corporacíon Quiport. Miró, a former vice president of business development at ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide (now Airports Worldwide), says that he is honoured to succeed O’Brian, who is leaving […]

Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan joins TAV’s global airport network

Global airport operator, TAV Airports, has officially taken over responsibility for operating Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan. TAV now owns 85% of Almaty Airport and its associated fuel and catering businesses with the Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund – managed by VPE Capital and backed by Kazyna Capital Management – holding the remaining 15% stake. Almaty is the […]

Cambodia’s airports turn to the cloud platform for passenger services

Amadeus has signed a new long-term partnership with Cambodia Airports to provide it with a cloud platform that it believes will make it easier for the operator to realise its strategic vision. The IT giant is confident that the introduction of it fully integrated cloud platform for airport passenger services at Phnom Penh, Siem Reap […]

Prague Airport aiming to boost inbound tourism to Czech Republic

Representatives of Prague Airport, CzechTourism and Prague City Tourism have signed a Memorandum on a long-term joint approach to the resumption and expansion of inbound tourism to Prague and the Czech Republic. It is tourism that the parties involved see as one of the preconditions for both economic recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent […]

XpresSpa offers 30 minute PCR COVID-19 tests at SFO and 10 other US airports

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has become the latest US gateway to open a COVID-19 testing facility operated by the XpresSpa Group. The XpresCheck at SFO is a pop-up facility located pre-security, near the baggage claim area on the Arrivals level at Terminal 3 and boasts nine separate testing rooms that between them are capable […]

TAV Airports optimistic despite difficult operating climate

TAV Airports today revealed that its global airport network handled 3.3 million domestic and 1.1 million international passengers during the first three months of 2021. The passenger total is 60% down on the corresponding period last year and was accompanied by a 50% drop in revenues. TAV Airports Holding’s executive board member and CEO Sani […]

Dubai International Airport enjoys ‘relatively positive’ Q1

Dubai International Airport (DXB) believes that it ended the first quarter of the year on a relatively positive note, registering a gradual but steady recovery in both customer numbers and cargo volumes. By the end of Q1 2021, DXB served 63% of the destinations in 89% of the countries on 74% of the airlines compared […]

Working together key to aviation’s recovery – ACI World director general

Working together to safeguard and rebuild the millions of aviation jobs threatened by the global pandemic will play a key role in the aviation industry’s recovery from COVID-19, ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reiterated yesterday. Addressing the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit,  in Cancun, Oliveira said air transport remains a […]

Doncaster Sheffield looking to unlock economic potential during milestone year

Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the UK, which turned sixteen today, has unveiled a new partnership that it hopes will help unlock the economic potential of the area surrounding area. The collaboration, between Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Peel L&P and the University of Sheffield, is set to explore how the parties can work together to catalyse the […]

Austin-Bergstrom unveils new solar panel array

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Austin Energy are celebrating the completion of a new solar panel array constructed on the airport campus that will produce 1.8 megawatts of locally-generated, renewable energy. The new solar array marks a milestone in both Austin Energy’s Community Solar Program and the Texas gateway’s portfolio of sustainability efforts. The array will […]

San Antonio has big plans for its new honey bees

The buzz at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is about the new Honey Bee Apiary Program also known as #SATBEEKIND. The airport installed two active bee hives with 40,000 bees to begin the honey-making process on the property. Each hive starts with about 20,000 bees with the potential of growing to 60,000 bees. #SATBEEKIND is […]

Airport staff at Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports receive COVID-19 jabs

Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) this week held a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for all airport workers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports. Participants ranged from tenants who lease space at YIP to employees of the airlines, concessionaires and janitorial service providers. WCAA partnered with Rite Aid to provide clinics on-site […]

Guangzhou Baiyun busiest airport in the world in 2020

ACI World today released the COVID-19 impacted world traffic rankings for 2020, the global pandemic ensuring that it has a very different look to normal, with Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN) in China replacing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) as the busiest gateway on the planet. Guangzhou Baiyun took top spot by handling 43.7 million passengers in 2020, just […]

Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne becomes first French airport to offer biofuels

The small regional airport of Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region of Central France has become the first airport in country to offer sustainable biofuel to its airlines. The VINCI Airports operated gateway began offering the Air bp manufactured biofuel produced from food oil yesterday, and notes that Michelin Air Services is its first customer. […]

Reagan National celebrates opening of 14 new gates

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and American Airlines are celebrating the soft opening of 14 gates in a newly constructed 225,000-square-foot concourse at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). A major milestone in the airport’s Project Journey capital improvement programme, the new concourse will serve as the home of American Airlines’ regional operations at DCA […]

Etihad to trial IATA’s digital ‘health passport’ on flights from Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways will become the first airline to trial the IATA Travel Pass app, which ratifies the travel health credentials of passengers, on flights from Abu Dhabi to Chicago, New York, Washington and Toronto. The trial will run from now and May 31, with both Etihad and IATA hoping that it will simplify the travel […]

LAX steps up its COVID-19 testing options with one-hour PCR service

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) now offers COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests with results guaranteed in less than an hour with the addition of a new testing option at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The tests are in addition to PCR tests being offered for sale at several locations throughout the airport (with results […]

Uber Eats comes to Toronto Pearson’s Terminals 1 and 3

Uber Eats is now available from a variety of HMSHost-operated restaurants across Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. According to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), the “innovative partnership” offers convenience and contactless ordering for consumers, while also providing additional revenue for on-site restaurants. It is also believed to make Pearson the […]

DHL Express to launch cargo operations at Cork Airport

Cork Airport has welcomed the news that DHL Express is to establish new cargo operations from Cork to DHL Express’ largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. DHL Express will offer one of the most modern and efficient freighter services in the world, operated initially by a Boeing 767 lower deck aircraft five days per week, […]

Bureau Veritas certification for Hamad’s information security management system

The Information Security Management System at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) has received ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification from Bureau Veritas. Airport operator, MATAR, notes that the globally recognised certification “affirms its ongoing commitment to implement industry best practises and continuously enhance its information security management system”. The Doha gateway insists that while striving to provide a […]

Quarantine free flights resume between Australia and New Zealand

Airports in Australia and New Zealand have been celebrating the reopening of quarantine free trans-Tasman travel for the first time in 12 months. In Brisbane, Brisbane Airport opened 16 ‘Green Lane’ services yesterday to accommodate Air New Zealand and Qantas flights between BNE and Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The airport reports that all eight arrivals […]

Always innovating

Hamad International Airport’s senior vice president for technology and innovation, Suhail Kadri, discusses his gateway’s IT strategy. What is your airport’s philosophy/strategy when it comes to the trial and introduction of new technology? We are committed to harnessing the power of digital innovation and technology to deliver the passenger experience and operations of a true […]

PEOPLE matters

Psychological safety Terri Morrissey and Richard Plenty give their perspective on how to create a psychologically safe work environment. Have you ever felt that it would be better not to speak out, ask questions, challenge the status quo, raise issues, or simply make suggestions in your workplace because there might be a price to pay […]

Incheon’s World Aviation Conference watched by 27,000 viewers on YouTube

Aviation leaders from across the globe and an impressive 27,000 viewers virtually watched the recent World Aviation Conference (WAC) in South Korea, hosted by Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC). This year’s event was staged a few weeks ahead of the upcoming 20th anniversary of Incheon International Airport, which within five years of its opening was […]

Washington DC’s airports look to enhance passenger experience

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has chosen Jacobs to help it enhance the overall airline and passenger experience at Reagan National and Dulles airports. Under the terms of the agreement, Jacobs will provide facilities condition assessment (FCA) and enterprise asset management (EAM) services at both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International […]

Copenhagen Airport hoping for better times ahead

Copenhagen Airport continues to struggle with the downturn in traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, today admitting that although its airlines are ready for busy summer take-off, “everything now depends on what the reopening plan for the travel industry will look like”. The Danish gateway adds: “Even with the few people currently travelling, social distancing […]

Flying problems!

Fortem Technologies co-founder and CEO, Timothy Bean, provides his thoughts on the challenges airports face from the 1% of drones that pose a threat to aircraft and airfield safety. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US sees more than 100 rogue drone sighting reports each month, and with the number of commercial and recreational […]

Hamad International Airport to enhance its waste management

Doha’s Hamad International Airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to improve its waste management. As a result, the airport (DOH) says that it will develop and modernise its facilities by implementing new, more effective methods of waste management. The MoU outlines the collaboration between MATAR […]

Southwest makes welcome return to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental

An old friend returned to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) today – Southwest Airlines, which is back at the Texas gateway after a 16 year absence. Its return widens the carrier’s footprint in Houston and will provide greater convenience for business and leisure travellers throughout the region, notes Houston Airports. “Welcome back home to […]

Glasgow Airport wins staff safety award

Glasgow Airport has been awarded an International Safety Award for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work. The airport has won an International Safety Award with a Distinction from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the […]

Milas-Bodrum Airport welcomes first international flight of year

Milas-Bodrum Airport greeted its first international passengers of the year when an Azur Air flight from Moscow touched down in Turkey yesterday. The flight, which was met by a traditional water salute,  brought 212 passengers from Moscow Vnukovo to Bodrum. TAV Milas-Bodrum’s general manager, İclal Kayaoğlu, said: “We are happy to welcome the first international […]

BLOG: Robotic cleaners can help airlines be more eco-friendly

Each year airlines begin new sustainability initiatives, experiment with biofuels, and offset their carbon emissions on selected flights; yet, sustainability should not only be a topic of discussion when an aircraft is in the air but also when it’s on the ground. In just one year, a Boeing 777, B787, Airbus A330, and A350, burn […]

Safety report

ACI World’s vice president for safety and operations, Thomas Romig, reflects on some operational safety considerations for airports in 2021. The last year has brought some significant changes to society as a whole and has had a huge impact on the aviation industry. The most significant of these impacts is the dramatic decrease in passengers […]

UK travel industry questions government’s new plan for air travel

New research by the Airport Operators Association (AOA) and ABTA – The Travel Association have questioned the UK government’s new traffic light system for the resumption of international air travel from England. They warn that the cost of PCR testing for international travel in the UK is double that of testing in other European countries. […]

Digital solutions

The road to recovery for airports starts at the intersection of health and security, writes Johnson Controls’ Ramsey Nuwar. Although it might not seem like it at the moment, the air travel industry can expect a strong rebound in passenger volumes this year, with a recent study finding that 70% of those surveyed plan to […]

VINCI Airports adds seven Brazilian gateways to global network

VINCI Airports has won the 30-year concession to operate and develop seven airports in the north of Brazil – Manaus, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Téfé. Considered the gateways to the Amazon region and neighbouring Brazilian states, the airports welcomed 4.7 million passengers between them in 2019, the bulk […]

Most passengers would accept digital health passports – new survey

New research by Amadeus indicates that 90% of travellers would be comfortable using a digital health passport for future travel. Indeed, the study, commissioned by Amadeus and delivered by Censuswide, claims that 41% of travellers were keen to book an international trip within six weeks of restrictions lifting. The study, says Amadeus, found that just […]

Austin-Bergstrom to become base for low-cost carrier Allegiant

Allegiant Travel Company has announced plans to establish a base of operations at the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. The Las Vegas-based company will invest $75 million to establish the new base in Austin, creating at least 89 high-wage jobs and housing three Airbus A320 aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking […]

SFO effectively bans the sale of drinks in plastic bottles

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles. In August 2019, SFO became the first airport in the world to prohibit the provision or sale of single-use water bottles in plastic or aseptic paper packaging. This policy has now […]

Demand for domestic air travel will spearhead US COVID-19 recovery

Leisure travel in America will push the US domestic airline industry to a COVID recovery by early 2022, according to a new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. “A year ago, we would have thought that a full domestic recovery in this timeframe for the US was almost impossible, but the combination of pent-up demand, economic […]

Safe and secure

Airport World reviews some of the latest security developments and news stories from across the globe. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has launched a pilot programme that uses innovative technology to provide social distancing information and assessment for customers at security checkpoints. The project uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology and sophisticated software […]

Build and grow

Despite today’s tough operating climate, airports continue to invest in new infrastructure to enhance their capabilities. Joe Bates takes a closer look at some of the most exciting recent developments. Recent announcements about a number of potentially game-changing infrastructure development projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East shows that despite the continued […]

London City Airport launches new community support programme

London City Airport (LCY) has renewed its commitment to supporting its local communities in East London with the launch of the London City Helpers programme. The new programme, delivered in partnership with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) and with support from other community partners, will see the airport deliver bespoke engagement activities in the […]

Incheon takes Airport Customer Experience Accreditation to a new level

Incheon International Airport, arguably the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) king of recent years, has become the first gateway to achieve a new Level 4 status in ACI’s Airport Customer Experience Accreditation programme. Since ACI launched the world’s first Airport Customer Experience Accreditation programme in 2019, 45 airports around the world joined the programme to improve […]

World in motion

Continuing to prioritise customer service and listening to the needs of passengers is more important than ever in these uncertain times, writes corporate affairs manager, Bojana Jeremic. With many borders still closed and travel restrictions in place, the recovery process and kick-starting travel is taking longer than we had anticipated. It is clear that people […]

Apple Maps to show ACI’s airport COVID-19 health measures data

ACI today announced that its world airport COVID-19 health measures data will now be displayed in Apple Maps, making it possible for travellers to more easily access airport health guidance and help prevent the spread of the pandemic. Now iPhone, iPad, and Mac users can simply search for an airport in Apple Maps and find […]

BLOG: Redefining refineries to power the aircraft of tomorrow

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to put Net Zero carbon emissions into legislation, writes Atkins’ James Domone and Matt Wills. Aviation currently accounts for 12% of emissions from transport sources (with road vehicles amounting to 74%), and 2% of all global emissions. Refining accounts for 40% of the Green House Gas […]

Swedavia’s carbon neutral milestone recognised by ACI Europe

ACI Europe has welcomed Swedavia’s announcement that all ten of its Swedish airports have achieved Net Zero CO2 emissions across all operations under their control – a world first. Swedavia thus also becomes the first company to deliver on the European airport industry pledge to become Net Zero by 2050 at the latest. Marking the […]

Hamburg aiming to bounce back from first ever annual loss

Hamburg Airport today admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has left deep scars in its balance sheet, revealing that the “unprecedented crisis” has resulted in a first-ever annual deficit of €113 million. And the German airport, which saw its passenger numbers drop by 73% to 4.56 million in 2020, notes that without a strict savings programme, […]

Crime fighters

INTERPOL secretary general, Jürgen Stock, tells Airport World more about some of the key challenges facing it today and how the organisation works with local law enforcement agencies to help combat crime at airports. When, where and why was INTERPOL founded? The INTERPOL story began in 1914 when police and lawyers from 24 countries met […]

UK government urged to approve Arrivals duty free shops at airports

In the UK, a cross-party group of over sixty MPs and Peers have written to the Chancellor calling for the introduction of Arrivals duty free shops at British airports, international rail and ferry terminals. They claim the move would have a hugely positive economic impact for airports and duty free operators in the UK. To […]

WBP News

A snapshot of the latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Grand Cayman’s airfield upgrade Work has been completed on the reconstruction and expansion of the airside infrastructure at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. According to the Stantec led design team, the major airfield upgrades are set to increase […]

Signs of recovery but aviation faces tough year ahead – ACI World

New analysis from ACI World shows that despite some positive signs for recovery emerging, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on airport revenues will still be deeply felt in 2021. According to its Advisory Bulletin: The impact of COVID-19 on the airport business and path to recovery published today, 4.7 billion fewer passengers or 47.5% […]

Amadeus strengthens ties with Dubai based dnata

Amadeus has announced that it is to work even closer with ground handler and air service provider, dnata, in support of its drive for “greater standardisation” of the systems used across its global operations. As a result, Amadeus will continue to power dnata’s innovative centralised load control service for airlines at Dubai International Airport (SXB) […]

Health and safety

Airports and the aviation industry continue to go to extraordinary lengths to combat the health risks caused by COVID-19, writes Joe Bates. From deploying mobile medics, the opening of COVID-19 test centres and new cleaning regimes to embracing new industry health standards and the use of some of the most sophisticated technology on the planet, […]

Hong Kong’s gateway extends relief package for airport community

Hong Kong International Airport is extending its relief package for the airport community for another two months to the end of May 2021, in view of the prolonged impact brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The continuing waiver or reduction of various fees for the aviation industry from April to May 2021 includes parking charges for […]

Dubai International becomes world’s first ‘smart reading airport’

Passengers passing through Dubai International Airport (DXB) now have free access to Magzter’s collection of more than 7,000 leading magazines, newspapers, journals and comics, arguably making it the world’s first ‘smart reading airport’. A fully contactless and paperless digital experience – using geo-fencing satellite technology – the Magzter partnership enables visitors to download the latest […]

Nashville news

We report on some of the companies that are helping transform Nashville International Airport into an even more modern, passenger friendly gateway. BNA’s dynamic glass Nashville International Airport (BNA) is a major through-point and economic engine for the Middle Tennessee region. Its BNA Vision master plan is transforming the airport into a more modern, efficient […]

Finland’s airports to embrace cloud technology

Helsinki and ten other Finavia operated airports in Finland are set to embrace cloud technology in a pioneering move to combat COVID-19 disruption and better equip them for future growth. According to IT partner, Amadeus, cloud solutions will help deliver an exceptional check-in and boarding experience at Finland’s gateways and accelerate innovations like contactless payment […]

Copenhagen Airport renegotiates deal with airlines to kick-start traffic return

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and its airlines have announced that they have “struck an agreement” that they believe will provide the necessary commercial framework for a restart of traffic and the route network at the Danish gateway. The agreement sets out prices and incentives for flying to and from CPH over the coming years following the […]

Lift off for flying taxis?

Airport World considers whether taxi services using electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are the shape of things to come at the world’s airports. The UK government has awarded an industrial research grant to a consortium led by Atkins to look at the feasibility of introducing an air taxi service using electric vertical take-off […]

Airport report: The best of Nashville

President and CEO, Doug Kreulen, tells Joe Bates why expansion and future traffic growth continue to be a key focus for Nashville International Airport. Nashville International Airport (BNA) is an airport with a plan, it aims to become one of the most modern gateways in the US and future large hub, and despite the impact […]

Hong Kong successfully completes digital health pass trial

In a hugely pioneering initiative, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has successfully conducted the trial of digital health passes on a flight between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. It believes the move signifies its commitment to providing a seamless travel experience for passengers under the new normal as a result of COVID-19. Designed to provide […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Safety & Security Airport report: Nashville Special report: Vertical take-off and landing taxis Plus: Airport design, IT innovation & People matters Carefully does it Airport World editor, Joe Bates, considers some of the health and safety challenges facing airports in this ‘safety and security’ themed issue. Nearly a year on […]

New restart and recovery guidance for the world’s airports

ACI World has today published new guidance for airports to help them prepare for restart and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their operations. As the trajectory of recovery has been affected by new variants of COVID-19 and the new restrictions introduced by governments in response, the second edition of ACI World’s […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on what lies ahead for the aviation industry in 2021 and beyond. It is safe to say that 2020 will go down as the most challenging year ever in the history of aviation. We have, of course, weathered many storms over the last few decades, but […]

Chicago Rockford and Cologne-Bonn sign cargo co-operation agreement

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) in the US and Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN) in Germany have signed a co-operation agreement to mutually develop air cargo traffic between their two regions. According to the gateways, the new partnership will strengthen the knowledge sharing between these two strong cargo service airports and support their collective air cargo reach. […]

Sustainable design award for Hong Kong’s Sky Bridge

Hong Kong International Airport’s Sky Bridge, a 200-metre long airside bridge connecting Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse (NSC), has received BEAM Plus New Buildings’ provisional gold rating from the Hong Kong Green Building Council. The green features of Sky Bridge recognised in the rating include optimisation of exterior lighting, use of sustainably-sourced construction […]

Munich Airport’s LabCampus attracts autonomous vehicle technology pioneer

Munich Airport’s LabCampus innovation centre will shortly have a new tenant – one of the world’s leading technology companies in the autonomous driving sector, Argo AI, which is expected to test and develop vehicles on the site. Established in 2016 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company has partnerships with US car manufacturer Ford and […]

Survey shows that airports continue to invest in IT solutions

Airports are accelerating their investment in technology to aid the aviation industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report issued today by ACI World. Based on the findings of a survey by IT provider SITA, airports have been agile in adapting to the changing health and safety requirements, focusing on automated and […]

Unique new art exhibit opens at New Chitose Airport

Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has opened a new art exhibit at New Chitose Airport as part of its ‘Culture Gate to Japan‘ initiative. Artworks by the creative group Naked, Inc. are exhibited at the airport, as well as on the web, with the aim of promoting the appeals of Japanese culture and sharing it with […]

Abu Dhabi International Airport opens rapid testing lab for COVID-19

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has opened a rapid testing lab for COVID-19 in a bid to facilitate the resumption of air travel and assist with quarantine tracking procedures. The new facility, opened by Abu Dhabi Airports in partnership with Pure Health and Tamouh Healthcare, is believed to be one of the region’s first PCR […]

New operator of Blackpool Airport planning for better days

Blackpool Airport has had no commercial traffic since March 2017 and that situation seems unlikely to change anytime soon, but its local council owners are so confident in its future that they have decided to take over the management of UK gateway. The decision, announced today, means that Blackpool Council’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Blackpool Airport Operations […]

Swissport begins serving IAG airlines at Berlin Brandenburg

Global ground handler, Swissport, has signed a three-year contract with IAG to provide services to its airlines serving Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER). The new additions – British Airways, Iberia and Vueling – means that Swissport now provides ground handling services to 17 airlines at Germany’s new €6 billion capital city airport. A British Airways […]

Virgin Atlantic names aircraft after Suffragette leader

Virgin Atlantic has celebrated International Women’s day by naming one of its planes ‘Lady Emmeline’ after Emmeline Pankhurst, the founder of the Suffragette movement and women’s rights activist. As the leader of the WSPU, Pankhurst’s political campaigning was instrumental in securing women in the UK the right to vote at the turn of the last […]

London Gatwick to introduce vehicle drop off fees from Monday

It is not going to be popular, but London’s Gatwick Airport is to go ahead with its decision to introduce a £5 charge for vehicles dropping off passengers directly outside its North Terminal. The UK gateway will introduce the charge from Monday, March 8, and describes it as “a new revenue stream to help protect […]

Unlocking the sky with eVTOL taxi services

Tomorrow’s airports will need to be cleaner, quieter, and less reliant on ground-based infrastructure. Clare Williams Fannin spoke to Duncan Walker of Skyports to find out how the use of electric air-taxis can help them achieve these objectives. There can be little doubt that a journey to and from an airport can be challenging. Road […]

After nearly a year Emirates returns to San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today welcomed the return of Emirates with the arrival of their first non-stop flight from Dubai in 11 months. The largest airline in the Middle East plans to operate four non-stop flights per week, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Dubai based Emirates suspended operations at SFO on March 29, 2020, due […]

Rapid pre-departure COVID testing trial at Edinburgh Airport

Pre-departure rapid testing that delivers results within 15 minutes is being trialled at Edinburgh Airport as part of recovery planning for aviation in Scotland. The week-long trial started today and uses tests that only require a saliva sample, meaning no nasal swab and a more positive testing experience. PocDoc and BioSure are running the trial, […]

Hygiene and customer service remain top priorities for airports

ACI World today revealed the results of its annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer excellence survey, with 33 airports picking up ‘hygiene’ awards in the programme which was modified for 2020 to take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the airport industry’s response to it. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, […]

London Gatwick admits to ‘renewed optimism’ for 2021

Gatwick Airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, today reiterated his confidence in the airport’s ability to bounce back from the toughest year in its history and experience international passenger growth again from the summer. Wingate says: “It will come as no surprise that, like any other international airport, the negative impact of COVID-19 resulted in a financial […]

Lufthansa to return to Cork Airport after 18 year break

Cork Airport has welcomed the news that Lufthansa is to commence a twice-weekly Cork-Frankfurt service for Summer 2021, connecting the two cities for the first time in eighteen years. Lufthansa (operated by Lufthansa CityLine) will operate a Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft with 75 seats on board – 15 Business Class and 60 Economy Class – offering […]

Automated baggage dolly launched to market after Heathrow trial

Autonomous vehicle specialist, Aurrigo, has launched the world’s first automated baggage dolly to the market after a successful trial at London Heathrow two years ago. The company was approached by International Airlines Group (IAG) to use its driverless expertise to develop the world’s first autonomous baggage carrying dolly. The trial (pictured above) started in March […]

Oslo Airport trials new electric powered aircraft de-icing truck

Oslo Airport has welcomed a new electrically operated de-icing unit, the Vestergaard Elephant e-BETA, for the final few weeks of winter. In a first of its kind trial in Europe, the airport believes that the Menzies Aviation operated vehicle will improve the performance of its aircraft de-icing operation and lower its carbon footprint. Indeed, initial tests […]

Pandemic changed airport IT spending priorities in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic refocused IT spending priorities for airlines and airports in 2020 as their revenues plunged and the industry faced new health and operational requirements needed to keep flying, according to SITA. Among the key findings from SITA’s 2020 Air Transport IT Insights, published today, was an accelerated investment in automated passenger processing focusing on […]

Heathrow confirms “devastating impact of COVID-19”, but hopeful for better 2021

London Heathrow today revealed that the airport lost £2 billion in 2020 as its passenger numbers slumped from 80.9 million in 2019 to just 22.1 million last year. It notes that the “devastating impact of COVID-19” led to its overall revenue plummeting 62% to £1.2 billion and adjusted EBITDA falling to £270 million. The UK […]

Lagardère Travel Retail wins Santiago airport F&B concession

Lagardère Travel Retail has been awarded the concession to operate 20 F&B outlets at Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in partnership with Chilean company Global Group Corporation (GGCorp). It will be Lagardère Travel Retail’s first foray into South America and Chile, a market it says offers “remarkable growth prospects” for its future regional development. […]

Tech features ensure sustainable design status for Zurich Airport’s new complex

Zurich Airport’s new 30,000sqm multi-purpose complex, The Circle, features over 30,000 components installed by Siemens that ensure that it is one of the most sustainably designed and energy efficient buildings in Switzerland. The new facility is expected to become one of the most popular attractions at the gateway due to its host of shops, restaurants, […]

Global ratings agency forecasts tough year ahead for Europe’s airports

Passenger traffic and revenue at Europe’s airports this year is likely to be around 30% to 50% down on 2019 levels, according to a new report by S&P Global Ratings. The global ratings agency’s forecast is based the new travel restrictions implemented to curb the spread of fast-spreading COVID-19 variants, which it claims have “dealt […]

No more plastic straws in New York LaGuardia’s Terminal B

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) has announced the elimination of single-use plastic straws in the F&B outlets at New York LaGuardia’s Terminal B. LGP is the manager and developer of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, and this move comes as part of its commitment to creating a terminal that combines the best of what New York […]

Entries sought for airport of 2100 design competition

Fentress Architects has announced that the 2021 Fentress Global Challenge (FGC), its annual competition to design the airport of the future is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the international design competition challenges students to envisage a forward-thinking concept for an airport of the future, and in turn, stimulate innovative design in terminal […]

BLOG: The impact of COVID-19 on pilot jobs, training and recuitment

Air travel has undoubtably been one of the hardest-hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. With flight cancellations, grounded fleets and border closures, IATA has estimated that airlines will lose more than $300 billion due to the outbreak. Across the industry, there have been unparalleled job cuts from major airlines across the globe, while the European […]

Christchurch Airport well placed to ride out global pandemic

Christchurch Airport is citing lessons learnt from the earthquakes, extensive changes it made to its business across 2015-2019 and its preparation for events like a pandemic, for its ability to pivot to a domestic operating model that can essentially break even while the pandemic’s impact on the borders evolves. The airport has revealed that it […]

New security checkpoints at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The new security checkpoints at Charlotte Douglas International Airport feature Vanderlande’s automated screening lanes. As part of a $600 million terminal expansion project, the North Carolina gateway decided to consolidate its five security checkpoints into three high-efficiency checkpoints, all equipped with Automated Screening Lanes (ASLs) to increase throughput and enhance security. Vanderlande was selected through […]

Major upgrades planned for Mexico’s gateway to Guadalajara

Mexican airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP), is to invest more than $500 million on upgrading Guadalajara’s Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. The plan includes an additional runway and new terminal building as well as, in the short/mid-term, a radical new $302 million redesign of the commercial space in the existing building. The […]

Miami International Airport receives COVID-19 relief fund grant

Miami International Airport has been awarded $39.5 million in COVID-19 relief funding from the federal government, in the second round of airport grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. The second grant follows $207 million in funding that MIA received last April from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant […]

Vanderlande commits to achieving a carbon free footprint by 2040

Vanderlande has joined Amazon and Global Optimism in signing The Climate Pledge, showcasing its ambition on sustainability and commitment to achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040 – ten years ahead of The Paris Agreement. With this in mind, Vanderlande has promised that it will routinely report on its greenhouse gas emissions, implement decarbonisation strategies, […]

New fire rescue complex opens at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport today unveiled its new state-of-the-art fire rescue complex at CargoCity South. Located on a 2.1-hectare site, the facility is home to a fire rescue station, Firefighting Training Centre, an educational area, workshops and offices, as well as rest and exercise rooms. An integrated training course allows duty firefighters wearing full-gear with respirator masks to […]

Fraport extends Antalya Airport concession by two years

The Turkish government has agreed to extend Fraport’s management concession for Antalya Airport by two years to the end of 2026 and to defer its annual concession fee for 2022 to 2024. The global airport operator says that the agreement will help the Fraport TAV Antalya joint venture to relaunch Antalya Airport on a steady […]

Tough year ends with strong traffic recovery for Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) today revealed that it handled 25.9 million passengers in 2020, the figure being boosted by traffic recovery in the second half of a tough year. The total meant that the world’s busiest international airport welcomed 70% fewer passengers than it did in 2019. According to operator, Dubai Airports, DXB’s closing data […]

Aviation sector aiming for CO2 emissions free Europe by 2050

Europe’s aviation sector today unveiled its flagship sustainability initiative, Destination 2050 – A Route to Net Zero European Aviation. Driven by a new, independent report, it is said to provide a vision and path for meaningful CO2 emission reduction efforts in Europe and globally. This follows recent climate commitments announced by the sector last November in […]

Seattle-Tacoma appoints design team for expansion of Concourse C

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has hired The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP and Woods Bagot as joint project design leaders to create a dynamic, performative, and sustainable facility expansion of Concourse C. Airport operators, the Port of Seattle, describes Woods Bagot as a global firm with a “world-class aviation portfolio”, and Miller Hull, as an “internationally recognised […]

All about data

Closing the data gaps to automate airport operations is vital to efficiency post COVID, writes Thorben Burghardt, ADB SAFEGATE’s vice president for gate solutions. The new oil of the 21st century is a well-known metaphor used to express the increasing value generated by data. In a recent study, IDC and Qlik have taken it a […]

Lagardère Travel Retail wins Tanzanian duty free concession

Lagardère Travel Retail is set to expand its footprint in Africa after being awarded the concession to operate two duty free stores in the new terminal at Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere International Airport. It and local partner, Bevco Limited, will build and operate the outlets in the brand new Terminal 3 at the gateway to capital […]

Carbon free heating for Finland’s Rovaniemi Airport

Finnish airport operator, Finavia, and Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi (Neve) have entered into an agreement on the heating of Rovaniemi Airport with carbon-neutral district heating. “Our objective is to achieve zero net emissions in 2030, and we continue on our journey towards emissions-free airports,” enthuses Finavia’s senior vice president for infrastructure, sustainability, safety and compliance, […]

Leeds Bradford Airport to get its own hydrogen refuelling station

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK is set to become the first regional gateway in the country to have its own hydrogen refuelling station which it will use to power its fleet of ground support vehicles. ITM Power, the largest operator of Hydrogen refuelling stations in the UK, is partnering with Leeds Bradford on […]

Plans for pioneering new sustainable aviation fuel plant in Rotterdam

Rotterdam The Hague Airport, SkyNRG and Climeworks claim that they are taking the next step in realising Zenid – a demonstration plant producing fully circular sustainable aviation fuel directly from air. Global energy company Uniper has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support Zenid with engineering and operating expertise. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from […]

ACI World recognises the customer service commitment of airports

ACI World has today revealed those airports that have continued to prioritise listening and engaging with customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The Voice of the Customer’ recognition is for airports which demonstrated significant efforts in gathering passenger feedback through the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme to help them better understand their customers during the pandemic. […]

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport brings new ‘inscentive’ to travel

The pandemic caused obvious disruptions to the travel industry in 2020, but perhaps less obvious, are the lingering and serious emotional impacts on travellers. According to the New York Times, some 74% of travellers report feeling anxious about traveling due to COVID-19, which is a worryingly high figure for the aviation industry. So how are […]

Airbus signs MoU with India’s GMR Group

India’s GMR Group, a global airport operator and aviation infrastructure developer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to explore collaboration opportunities across aviation services, technologies and innovation. The agreement will see GMR Group and Airbus team up to explore potential synergies in several strategic areas of aviation services including maintenance, components, training, […]

People matters

Digital age Terri Morrissey and Richard Plenty share their thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of new technology when it comes to meeting up and doing business. We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but we have rarely been so busy! During September and October, we delivered three separate ‘virtual’ intensive five-day ACI […]

Record breaking cargo year for Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) handled a record 2.32 million tons of cargo in 2020 – 57,382 more than in the previous year. The Florida gateway finished the year exceptionally strong with an average of 210,000 tons in October, November and December, making them the airport’s busiest ever months for cargo volumes. MIA also ended 2020 […]

Airport staff to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport is to launch COVID-19 testing schemes for airport staff who are subject to the requirements stipulated in the government’s compulsory testing notice issued today. The Hong Kong Government’s notice requires that everyone employed at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) or providing a hired service in the airport area between now and […]

Cleaning power

Autonomous cleaning robots area proven and effective weaponthat airports can deploy in thebattle against the pandemic,writes Brain Corp’s Michel Spruijt. The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced travel authorities and airport managers to re-think terminal operations with a wide array of new technologies being introduced to maximise traveller safety. They include autonomous cleaning robots, which have […]

LAX introduces automated touchless photo ID scanners

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has become the first large airport in the US to offer touchless, automated photo identification scanners at all of the airport’s security screening checkpoints. According to LAX operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the move reduces contact with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers and will enhance the passenger experience. TSA […]

UK government launches aid package for England’s airports

The UK government has unveiled plans to give airports in England up to £8 million each to help get them through the next few months as COVID-19 continues to bring traffic to a virtual standstill across the globe. Under the government scheme opening today, commercial airports and ground handlers could receive a maximum of £8 […]

Grand Cayman’s airfield upgrade completed

Work has been completed on the reconstruction and expansion of the airside infrastructure at Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. According to the Stantec led design team, the major airfield upgrades are set to increase safety and efficiency at the island’s “most vital piece of infrastructure” as it serves as […]

Former LaGuardia CEO to advise the US division of Ferrovial Airports

Ferrovial Airports has announced the appointment of former LaGuardia Airport CEO, Lysa Scully, as an independent senior advisor to its US division. Scully, who runs her own US advisory firm, had a distinguished 33-year career as an innovative leader at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As former CEO of LaGuardia, the […]

New electric pushback tug unveiled at Munich Airport

Munich Airport today unveiled the latest new addition to its ground handling fleet, an electric powered tug capable of towing wide-body aircraft and achieving a maximum speed of 32 kilometres per hour. Used for de-icing and aircraft towing at Munich Airport, the gateway’s new aircraft tow tractor is equipped with the latest 700V lithium-ion battery […]

New look central area for Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport

Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport has double cause to celebrate this month, recently earning Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) and completing the €2 million upgrade of its central area in partnership with duty free operator, Dufry. The new-look central area is entered immediately after the passport control and includes an expanded and modernised duty-free shop, immediately followed […]

Bouncing back better

Duncan Hand, Siemens’ business development manager for digital airports, considers how aviation can navigate its way through today’s turbulence. In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the disruption of many industries. The hotel industry by Airbnb, transportation by Uber and retail by Amazon. The aviation industry has now been disrupted by a virus. What […]

Government support and assistance vital for aviation industry’s survival

Aviation faces a slow and uncertain recovery in 2021 and, without government policy support and assistance, continues to face potential collapse, ACI World warned today. ACI World’s most recent COVID-19 impact analysis revealed the global airport industry experienced a reduction of more than six billion passengers by the end of 2020, representing a decline of […]

UK government funding electric air taxi service project

​​​​​A consortium led by Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded an industrial research grant by the UK Government to look at the feasibility of introducing an air taxi service using electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The project is specifically looking at the possibility of introducing the new air taxi […]

Track and trace

Location intelligence can redefine passenger journeys in today’s COVID-19 world, writes Esri’s global transportation industry director, Terry Bills. Air travel in the best of times has always had its unique challenges, stresses and unknowns for both the occasional as well as the business traveller. Between guessing the travel time to the airport, finding parking and […]

Bermuda’s new airport terminal proves popular with passengers

The new terminal at Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport certainly has the ‘wow’ factor based on the early feedback from passengers and staff. “Really beautiful”, “Fabulous and spacious”, “Absolutely awesome” and “It looks like a world class airport” were just some of the comments given by passengers on the new terminal’s opening day last month. […]

New technology enhances security checkpoints at BWI Marshall Airport

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has launched a pilot programme that uses innovative technology to provide social distancing information and assessment for customers at security checkpoints. The project uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology and sophisticated software from partner CrowdVision to monitor, analyse and report on physical distancing at the airport’s B security checkpoint. […]

Vienna’s traffic recovery to begin in second half of year

Vienna Airport is optimistic that its passenger numbers will enjoy a “strong upswing” in the second half of the year as the vaccination drive to combat COVID-19 begins to have a positive impact on air travel. Like most other airports, the Austrian gateway experienced a grim 2020 with the pandemic causing traffic levels to decline […]

Purpose built dnata cargo complex opens at Manchester Airport

Global ground handler and air services provider, dnata, has opened a new state-of-the-art cargo complex at Manchester Airport in the UK. The new £30 million dnata City North facility covers 150,000 sqft and will allow the company to significantly expand and consolidate its Manchester operations. Well-situated for ease of airfield access, the purpose-built on-airport facility […]

Remaining relevant

Templemere PR’s Clare Williams Fannin takes a look at what airports can do to respond to changing passenger demands for retail, F&B and lounge services across their terminals. Non-aeronautical revenues have long been an important line in the airport budget. Closed shops and empty restaurants are clearly not good news for any airport operator. But […]

UK airport operator to develop medical drone network

AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, is to lead a consortium that will develop and trial the use of drones to distribute medical supplies. If ongoing trials are successful, it will become the UK’s first national drone distribution network to use drones to transport essential medicines, blood, organs and other […]

World’s biggest airport group signs ‘Airports for Trust’ charter

The world’s biggest airport group comprising gateways operated by France’s Groupe ADP and Turkey’s TAV Airports have signed an ‘Airports for Trust’ charter, announcing their shared ambition to build an even more sustainable and responsible airport industry. The airports span the world and range from hubs like Paris CDG in Europe to Queen Alia in […]

Time to innovate

Design changes at airports can support and speed up the safe return of air travel, writes Populous Americas’ aviation market leader and principal, Geoffrey Ax. Whether it’s to see family, clients or simply treat cabin fever with a change of scenery, one thing is clear, people want to travel again. Scratching this itch requires some […]

Emirates begins COVID-19 vaccination programme for staff

The Emirates Group today rolled out a COVID-19 vaccination programme for its substantial UAE based workforce in co-ordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The inoculation drive began this morning, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles. […]

Airline industry losses top $370 billion in 2020

ICAO has revealed that airline seating capacity fell by around 50% in 2020 as the number of passengers boarding flights dropped from 4.5 billion in 2019 to just 1.8 billion passengers last year. That adds up to a staggering financial loss to the industry of around $370 billion, says ICAO, which noted that airports and air […]