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Record breaking year for Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) handled a record 50.6 million passengers in 2022, nearly 10% more than its previous best in 2019. The total included 21.3 million international passengers, 8.3 million more than 2021 but one million less than pre-COVID levels. Compared to the airport’s total of 37.3 million passengers in 2021, when the aviation industry […]

Chicago celebrates opening of O’Hare’s expanded and upgraded T5

New ‘smart windows’ have been installed in the recently opened 350,000-square-foot expansion of Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5, a major milestone in the $1.3 billion, four-year investment programme to expand and modernise the gateway. The windows, provided by View Inc, use artificial intelligence to optimise the amount of natural light in the terminal while minimising heat […]

Hong Kong to give away 500,000 airline tickets to boost tourism

Hong Kong is to give away 500,000 airline tickets in a hugely ambitious promotional campaign to boost tourism numbers and attract visitors back to the region. As part of the government driven initiative it is also offering a host of ‘Hong Kong Goodies’ in the form of discount vouchers on food, drink, transport, hotels, shopping […]

Holland & Barrett join forces with WHSmith at London airports

Holland & Barrett, a leading UK wellness retailer, has partnered with WHSmith to offer a curated range of health, wellness and beauty products to customers travelling across the UK or jetting off on holiday. The trial will see Holland & Barrett concessions added to three WHSmith Travel stores in Heathrow Terminal 2 airside, Gatwick North […]

Birmingham Airport celebrates new milestone in its recovery from COVID

Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK has celebrated handing the 10 millionth customer in its current financial year. According to the airport, the milestone represents a story of the steady recovery for BHX, which emerged from the COVID-19 deep-freeze back in March 2022, when travel restrictions were lifted. Compared to the previous financial year (2021/22), 2022/23 has so far seen […]

Heathrow Airport boss announces decision to step down this year

Heathrow Airport CEO, John Holland-Kaye, has informed the Board of his intention to stand down during 2023 after nine years in the hot-seat. Praising his “exceptional leadership”, the Board notes that he built a strong management team, helped develop a consumer-focused culture, improved cost efficiency and put “Heathrow at the forefront of global aviation’s decarbonisation”. […]

Airports ramping up investment in technology – new IT report

Faced with increased disruptions, baggage mountains, and staff shortages, airports and airlines are ramping up their investment in technology to digitalise their operations and speed up the passenger journey by offering more self-service options, according to SITA. SITA’s 2022 Air Transport IT Insights report, published today, reveals that with the post-pandemic recovery CIOs want to […]

New underground wetlands built at Helsinki Airport

Finavia has built an underground wetland at Helsinki Airport to improve water management. The project is the first of its kind in the Nordic countries and is designed to improve the condition of streams and other waterways near the airport. “Water management is an important part of our environmental work, and we do our best […]

Heathrow pledges “to give back” to one million people within its local communities

London’s Heathrow Airport today published its new Giving Back Programme, reasserting its commitment to the local community to make the area a great place to live and work. It is the first comprehensive community investment plan published by the airport, clarifying the various ways it already supports the local community as well as setting out […]

New play area for kids opens at Washington Reagan National

Washington Reagan National Airport has opened ‘Curiosity Runway’, a new play area that it hopes will pique the pre-flight imagination of families with children. The gateway has created the new space in partnership with the National Children’s Museum – a learn-through-play institution in downtown Washington DC that sparks curiosity through science, technology, engineering, arts, and […]

ACI EUROPE calls for EU to mirror US decarbonisation subsidy regime

ACI EUROPE president, Javier Marín, last night addressed the specific challenge of the funding required to achieve the airport industry’s net zero carbon targets and compliance with ‘Fit for 55’. Speaking at ACI EUROPE’s annual reception held in the European Parliament in Brussels, Marín, who is managing director of  Spanish airport operator AENA, warned of […]

Munich Airport and Lufthansa committed to gateway’s sustainable development

Munich Airport and Lufthansa have “reaffirmed and strengthened” their successful strategic partnership by signing a letter of intent (LOI) to intensify and continue the sustainable development of Munich Airport. In the LOI, both parties commit to a shared sustainability strategy, to the expansion of Munich Airport as an intermodal transport hub, to the needs-based expansion […]

Big recruitment day at Stockholm Arlanda

Swedavia, in collaboration with its partners at Stockholm Arlanda Airport – is to host a big Recruitment Day at the gateway on January 30 in a bid to fill some of the thousands of new jobs being created by the airport’s expansion and rising traffic figures. Sweden’s airport operator notes that with air travel taking […]

Shannon Airport set for good year after exceeding expectations in 2022

Shannon Airport’s strong recovery in 2022 exceeded expectations, according to Shanon Airport Group CEO, Mary Considine. The Irish airport welcomed over 1.51 million passengers to the airport in 2022, a 300% increase on 2021 figures, and an 88% recovery of 2019 passenger levels. “The accelerated pace of the rebound in air travel from Shannon has […]

Government funding boost for Canada’s Hamilton International Airport

The Canadian government is to invest of up to C$23.5 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund for an expansion and sustainability project at John C Munro Hamilton International Airport. This project, which will cost close to C$47 million, will allow the gateway to handle increased cargo operations by improving and expanding airfield capacity, increase […]

PEOPLE matters

Creating a sense of common purpose Dr Richard Plenty and Terri Morrissey reflect on some of the challenges airports working with private investors may face by embracing a more entrepreneurial culture. We recently saw the much acclaimed film ‘Living’ where the main character, played brilliantly by Bill Nighy, spends his days in a bureaucratic office […]

New dance exhibition opens at Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport has celebrated the opening of a new ‘A History through Dance’ art exhibit by Megan Torres. The exhibit features photography from Torres Fine Art, wardrobe pieces, and history information that highlights Tulsa’s Ballet Folklórico group, Tierra Mestiza. Tierra Mestiza has been a part of the community of Tulsa since the late 1990s, […]

Emirates ramping up services to Sydney and Melbourne

Emirates has taken yet another significant step in the resumption of its Australia capacity by increasing its service to two major cities – Sydney and Melbourne. The airline also announced today that it will also restart services to Christchurch, New Zealand via Sydney, offering a new path for Australians across the trans-Tasman route. From March […]

‘Welcome pause’ for roll out of new border system for EU

ACI EUROPE and industry partners A4E, ERA and IATA today welcomed the decision to postpone the implementation of the EU’s new smart border system for non-EU nationals (i.e. Entry Exit System, EES). The EES system will be a game changer for how the EU’s borders are managed. There are, however, a number of issues which […]

Fraport assumes new security responsibilities at Frankfurt Airport

Fraport has assumed responsibility for the organisation, management, and performance of the security checkpoints at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The German Federal Police, who were previously tasked with these responsibilities, will continue to hold statutory oversight and supervision roles, as well as overall responsibility for aviation security. They will also continue to provide armed protection at […]

Fukuoka Airport: Bigger and better

Airport World talks to HOK’s Hiroyuki Kawakami and Azusa Sekkei’s Makoto Ishii about plans to transform and expand the international terminal at Fukuoka Airport in Japan. Construction is underway on a “state-of-the-art international terminal expansion and renovation project”, which together with a new runway, will effectively equip Fukuoka Airport to handle up to 16 million […]

BHX starts recruitment drive ahead of expected busy summer

Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK has announced that it is aiming to bolster its workforce ahead of what promises to be a bumper summer for overseas holidays. Data shows strong booking volumes for the summer as people continue to prioritise their summer breaks, giving the airport confidence that traffic levels are getting ever closer […]

Glasgow Airport trialling special assistance support app

Glasgow Airport is trialling a special assistance support app to ensure all passengers who require additional help at the gateway get the assistance they need. The UK airport reveals that around 25% of requests for special assistance are made on the day of travel and hopes that the PRM Assist app will supplement the current […]

Familiar face set to return to LAX later this year

After nearly three years off view to the public while it underwent professional conservation, the famed bronze portrait bust of former Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley, is finally back at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and ready to be installed in its new permanent home. The bust, a 10-foot-tall bronze and granite sculpture created by […]

Keeping people moving

We report on some of the operational and maintenance news stories making headlines in Europe and across the wider airport ecosystem. Frankfurt’s Sky Line people mover system taking shape Frankfurt Airport has unveiled the the first vehicle for its new Sky Line people mover, which will carry travellers from the long-distance and regional train stations […]

Hong Kong, Dublin and Frankfurt airports announce 2022 traffic figures

The contrasting 2022 traffic recoveries of Hong Kong and Frankfurt and Dublin airports show just how far the European gateways are ahead of the Southeast Asian airport in terms of bouncing back from the global pandemic. For while Frankfurt and Dublin today announced that they handled 48.9 million and 28.1 million passengers respectively last year, […]

Maximising your assets

Matt Bentley from Service Works Global offers advice to facilities managers about asset management, including the key benefits and how technology can deliver efficiencies and cut costs. Many airports are now operating at close to pre-pandemic levels. Gatwick Airport, for example, is now offering flights to almost 90% of the destinations it served in October […]

JCDecaux extends advertising concession at Singapore Changi

JCDecaux has renewed its advertising concession with Singapore Changi Airport for another seven years, with an option for a further five year extension taking its contract to 2034. As air travel rebounds, JCDecaux believes that the extended partnership will harness growing industry trends to curate brand building media offerings that are data-driven and offer more  […]

Traffic levels at Europe’s airports bouncing back from pandemic

Airports across Europe continue to announce their annual traffic figures for 2022, the bulk of which are reporting a significant upturn in passenger numbers and routes as aviation’s recovery from the pandemic gathered momentum. Munch Airport, for example, reveals that it handled 31.6 million passengers in 2022 – 19 million more the previous year as […]

Boxing clever

Daan Van Vroonhoven, Smiths Detection’s global director for aviation and regulatory compliance, considers how developments in screening solutions can help the air cargo industry meet the pressures it is facing on several fronts. The air cargo sector faces a range of ever evolving, and new, security threats coupled with tightening global regulation. In this climate, […]

ACI World calls on regulators to provide more support for airports

ACI World today called on regulators to support the economic sustainability of airports as social and economic engines of communities worldwide, arguing that doing so ultimately benefits  the travelling public. The call to action supports the recent ACI World Resolution Restoring Economic Equilibrium that urges governments to acknowledge the changed risk profile of airports in […]

Cork Airport expecting a good year after traffic recovery in 2022

Cork Airport believes that it is on track for a “strong recovery” in 2023 after revealing that it handled 2.24 million passengers last year. Its confidence is based on what it calls the swift recovery of international traffic after the removal of the last remaining COVID related travel restrictions. Last year’s passenger total meant that […]

Immersive whisky promotion unveiled at Taoyuan International Airport

Ever Rich Duty Free has partnered with William Grant and Tasa Meng on a Glenfiddich Perpetual Collection promotion at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport. To support the launch, the brand’s ground-breaking immersive Perpetual Collection pop-up concept has been installed in Terminal 2 and will be onsite until February 28. “This collection is Glenfiddich’s biggest launch in […]

Finavia aiming for net zero emissions by 2025

The standout objective of Finavia’s newly published responsibility programme is to reduce the carbon emissions of Finland’s airports to net zero by the end of 2025. Talking about its new ‘Towards sustainable air travel’ initiative, Finavia’s vice president for sustainability and the environment, Mikko Viinikainen, enthused: “Operations at all our airports have been carbon neutral […]

Innovative wastewater surveillance project at Toronto Pearson

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is to implement a cutting-edge, on-site laboratory to perform wastewater surveillance testing at Pearson International Airport. The pilot project, supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program, is using partner LuminUltra’s technology to test for the presence of sub-variants of the SARS-CoV-2 […]

Record number of destinations to be served from Leeds Bradford Airport

UK regional gateway, Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), has announced that for the first time in its history, its airlines will 80 destinations year-round this year. It notes that new routes include Bergen (Norway), Porto (Portugal) and Perpignan (France) and that recent additions such as Katowice (Poland), Bucharest (Romania) and Cluj (Romania) will also continue into […]

Raising the sustainability bar

Airport World discovers more about SFO’s new Airport Carbon Accreditation status, a climate goals agreement between Hamburg and Christchurch airports, and a handful of other green initatives across the globe. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is celebrating a major sustainability milestone after being awarded Level 4 ‘Transformation’ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The […]

Open for business: The latest news and views from ACI’s World Business Partners

New AMBAAR Club lounge opens in Salvador Bahia Airport Dimensions has opened a new airside AMBAAR Club lounge at Salvador Bahia International Airport as part of its collaboration with AMBAAR Lounge, which opened a landside facility at the Brazilian gateway in October. Designed to give passengers a last experience of Bahia (the Bay of All […]

London Stansted to resurface its runway over the next five months

London Stansted’s single runway is to be fully resurfaced in a five-month programme that begins this weekend. The work on the three kilometre long runway, which will be managed by engineering firm Lagan, will take place at night to minimise the impact on the local community and airport operations. Over the course of the project, […]

Sweden’s airports enjoy strong recovery in 2022

Despite a weak start to the year due to the Omicron variant and other global concerns, Sweden’s airports welcomed nearly 28 million passengers in 2022 – a 130% increase on the 12 million that passed through the country’s gateways in 2021. According to the Swedish airport operator Swedavia, 2022 ended on a strong note, especially at […]

New customer service high for Queen Alia International Airport

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport has become the first gateway in the Middle East to achieve Level 3 status in ACI’s Customer Experience Accreditation programme. To obtain Level 3, the Amman gateway notes that it implemented an “advanced customer experience strategy through multi-faceted engagement with customers, employees and customer experience professionals”. In addition, it says […]

New cargo warehouse planned for Erbil International Airport

Global air and travel services provider, dnata, continues to expand at Erbil International Airport (EBL), recently breaking ground on its new, 20,000sqm cargo warehouse. The new facility represents an investment of $14 million and will create up to 50 additional, direct jobs with dnata in Iraq. The foundation stone for the cargo warehouse, which is […]

Looking to the future

The host of ambitious infrastructure development projects unveiled across the globe in the final quarter of 2022 shows confidence in the future growth of aviation and the investor appeal of airports, writes Joe Bates. It proved to be a busy end to 2022 with global traffic figures on the rise and the announcement of a […]

Breaking the mould: Tweed New Haven Airport

Avports’ investment in Connecticut’s Tweed New Haven Airport shows that public-private partnerships can work for smaller US gateways, writes the company’s CEO, Jorge Roberts, and chief operating officer, Arturo Garcia-Alonso. Over the past 95 years, our team at Avports (formerly Pan Am World Services) has contributed to growth and continuity at over 30 small airport […]

Liege Airport equipped to handle sustainable aviation fuel

Liege has become the first Belgian airport to announce its readiness to accommodate the distribution of sustainable aviation fuel to its airline customers. It notes that in the last few months of 2022, the airport’s fuel storage facilities have been audited and its storage and distribution procedures reviewed to ensure that they are equipped to […]

China’s relaxation of travel restrictions welcomed by ACI Asia-Pacific

Welcoming China’s decision to re-open border with quarantine-free travel, ACI Asia-Pacific reiterated its calls for a consistent and harmonised approach from governments in response measures towards managing inbound travel. Commenting on the development, ACI Asia-Pacific’s director general, Stefano Baronci, said: “China has played a dominating role in the region’s economy and is anticipated to be […]

The Changi way

Tan Lye Teck, Changi Airport Group’s executive vice president for airport management, brings Joe Bates up to speed on how his gateway has fared in 2022 and explains why Singapore Changi is looking to the future with optimism. As we near the end of 2022, where would you say Singapore Changi is in its recovery […]

Passenger numbers continue to rise at Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is on target to handle close to 70 million passengers in 2022 after 60.1 million passed through its facilities in the first 11 months of the year. The airport welcomed more than 5.5 million passengers (+13%) in November, the upturn largely being driven by the continued growth in international traffic. […]

Airport travellers open to new retail experiences – new research

According to Airport Dimensions, its newly commissioned research has pin-pointed how airports must adapt their retail and experience offerings to appeal to the modern traveller. The data reveals, unsurprisingly, that practical factors make a significant difference when it comes to improving travellers’ passenger experiences. A substantial 80% of those surveyed, for example, cited comfortable seating […]

Big Apple time

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is using public-private partnerships to create world class terminals and transform customer experiences across its airports, writes deputy director of aviation planning & development, Sarah McKeon. The concept of public entities partnering with private investors to bolster and complement public-sector capital spending – popularly referred to […]

Edinburgh Airport’s charitable donations topped £100,000 in 2022

Edinburgh Airport has donated £100,000 to charities and local community groups over the past year, with an increased fund returning for 2023. The airport’s Community Fund ensures communities benefit from its activities by providing financial support to community groups and charities committed to improving opportunities, facilities and services available to local people. Next year’s total […]

Private enterprise

Where is the airport PPP market heading post-COVID? Modalis Infrastructure Partners’ Curtis Grad takes a closer look at the market and considers the possibilities. In the post-COVID era there has been plenty of speculation on the role that the private sector, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in particular, might play in airport ownership and development. Several […]

Ferry services to Macau to resume from Hong Kong airport’s SkyPier

Ferry transfer service between Hong Kong International Airport’s SkyPier and Macau are to resume on December 30, providing cross-boundary transport service for sea-to-air and air-to-sea transfer passengers. TurboJET, the ferry operator of the said service, will operate one round-trip between SkyPier and Macao Taipa Ferry Terminal every Friday and Sunday. Connecting to the Greater Bay […]

New financing agreement for Lima airport expansion

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) has signed a $1.25 million financing agreement to help fund the ongoing upgrade of Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). The financing for the ongoing development of the Peruvian gateway is being provided by seven banks – BBVA, IDB Invest, KfW IPEX Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), The Bank of […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, provides his thoughts on investing in airports for a sustainable future. Despite the unprecedented downturn in the aviation sector, global passenger traffic is expected to reach close to 18 billion by 2040 and investing in airports continues to be key to a thriving air transport system, which […]

From Mapping to Transition: Queen Alia’s decarbonisation journey

We review Queen Alia International Airport’s sustainability efforts and pioneering decarbonisation journey in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. A few years after being awarded the 25-year concession to manage the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, Airport International Group (AIG) commenced the airport’s decarbonisation journey. From the outset it was […]

Torino Airport continues to reduce its carbon footprint

Torino Airport (Turin) has received Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The programme is aimed at airport management companies pursuing carbon neutrality goals by neutralising CO2 emissions under their direct control with energy efficiency programmes and the use of renewable energy sources. The Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ recognises the airport for its greenhouse […]

TAV set to extend Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport concession to 2050

TAV Airports is set to operate Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport until at least 2050 after its €475 million plus VAT bid to extend its current concession by another 25 years was accepted by Turkey’s State Airports Authority (DHMİ). The decision, which is pending official approval, means that the global airport operator no longer faces having to […]

Event Review: ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly

Joe Bates looks back at some of the highlights of the recent ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Marrakech. With many unable to attend an ACI World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in person since the start of the global pandemic, anticipation was high ahead of this year’s event in Marrakech, and a […]

New beginning for Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport

H. Ross Perot, Sr, believed that one day Fort Worth Alliance Airport would be a global hub for the jobs of tomorrow, and now the 33-year-old airport will bear his name forever after Hillwood, the City of Fort Worth and the FAA, officially recognised the airport’s name change to Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport […]

Christchurch Airport names Justin Watson as its new chief executive

Justin Watson will succeed the departing Malcolm Johns as the new chief executive of Christchurch Airport in New Zealand on January 1, 2023. Watson, currently the airport’s chief aeronautical and commercial officer, was considered the best fit for the role after what the gateway called “months of extensive search” for a new leader. Indeed, director […]

First zero carbon emissions transatlantic flight from UK to take-off in 2023

The UK government has announced that the first ever net zero transatlantic flight will take off next year, with Virgin Atlantic receiving government funding to fly across the pond using solely sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In 2023, one of Virgin Atlantic’s flagship Boeing 787s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, will take off from London […]

LaGuardia Terminal B operator launches new internship programme

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the private entity managing and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, has launched an internship programme in partnership with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Each semester, two Vaughn College students in their junior or senior years will be selected to intern for LaGuardia Gateway Partners on-site at the brand-new Terminal B […]

Brisbane Airport enjoys busiest day for international passengers since 2019

Brisbane Airport is today experiencing a milestone in Queensland’s economic recovery as, for the first time since 2019, more than 14,000 people are passing through the International Terminal in a single day.  “To think this time last year, international travel was still capped at 1,000 arrivals per week through Brisbane Airport and people were entering […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Investing in airports Airport profile: Singapore Changi Review: ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Plus: Asset management & Cargo security Time for reflection Airport World editor, Joe Bates, considers the end of another eventful year for the world’s airports and the ‘investing in airports’ theme of this issue. It’s human nature […]

Samarkand International Airport joins ACI EUROPE

Air Marakanda, the operator of Uzbekistan’s Samarkand International Airport (SKD), has become a member of ACI EUROPE. The organisation currently represents around 500 airports in 55 countries with its member airports accounting for 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe – 2.3 billion passengers, 18.4 million tons of cargo, and 21.2 million flights annually. “Silver membership […]

‘Greener Future’ grant scheme launched by London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport (LLA) in the UK is piloting a new ‘Greener Future’ grant to support local community groups and charities demonstrating a commitment to increasing biodiversity and tackling carbon reduction. Organisations based and working within a five-mile radius of the airport can apply for grants of up to £10,000. The fund will be managed […]

New Aelia Duty Free stores open at Adelaide Airport

Just in time for the Christmas holidays, Lagardère AWPL has opened its new Aelia Duty Free stores at Adelaide Airport in Australia. Designed and built in partnership with peckvonhartel, Trivision, Studio All and Bestec, the new stores double the size of duty free retail across arrivals and departures. Inside 800 square metres of Departures and […]

Traffic continues to rise at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport is on target to handle around eight million passengers in 2022 after reporting that it handled 7.1 million travellers passed through its facilities in the first 11 months of the year. The total to date is 75% up on the same period last year but still 13.2% down on its […]

Kazakhstan’s Aktobe International Airport turns to TAV Technologies

TAV Technologies’ list of customers in Central Asia continues to grow with the announcement that Aktobe International Airport in Kazakhstan has become the latest gateway to use its Common Use Passenger System (CUPPS). The TAV Airports subsidiary, which also counts Almaty and Samarkand airports as customers, is confident that the Kazakh gateway will benefit from […]

Louis Vuitton opens its largest stand alone store at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport’s new luxury precinct is now home to Louis Vuitton’s first retail travel store in the southern hemisphere, as well as Gentle Monster’s first store in the region. The brand’s largest stand-alone travel retail store in the world offers a broad selection of premium women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, leather goods, accessories, watches, jewellery […]

VINCI becomes largest shareholder in Mexican airport operator OMA

VINCI Airports continues to grow its global airport portfolio, today confirming that it has paid $1.17 billion to take a 29.99% stake in Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA). The deal follows the agreeing of terms with OMA earlier this year and means that it becomes the largest single shareholder in the […]

Munich Airport to revamp Terminal 2’s central security checkpoint

The renovation of the central security checkpoint at Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 has begun as part of the gateway’s plans to transform the area with a new layout and state-of-the-art technology. When completed in the autumn of 2024, instead of the familiar traditional checkpoints, new lanes with innovative technology will be used to welcome and […]

Little Helpers bring festive cheer for travellers at Heathrow

Heathrow has enlisted hundreds of ‘Little Helpers’ to kick off the festive season for passengers by giving away 10,000 Christmas gifts. The gifts from the airport’s shops, bars and restaurants range from teddy bears, perfumes and Pret breakfasts to free flights and lounge access, and will be given out across all four terminals in the […]

New APU monitoring technology designed to reduce airport ground emissions

ACI World Business Partner, Assaia, has launched APU Emissions Control to reduce carbon emissions and cuts costs by detecting unwarranted Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) usage at airport gates, and delivering automated real-time alerts and reports. A recent report commissioned by the UK’s Airport Operators Association showed that the largest part of an airport’s emissions come […]

Fortnum & Mason comes to Hong Kong International Airport

Fortnum & Mason, an upmarket department store from the UK, has partnered with Lagardère Travel Retail to open its first travel retail location in Asia in the East Hall luxury zone at Hong Kong International Airport. The 46 square metre store offers a wide assortment of the brand’s most in-demand teas, biscuit, chocolates, tea accessories, […]

JFK Millennium Partners begins management of New York JFK’s Terminal 7

As part of the first phase of its $4.2 billion, five-year development of a new international terminal anchoring the north side of John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), JFK Millennium Partners (JMP) has assumed management and operations of JFK Terminal 7. Under the leadership of New York Governor Kathy Hochul, this project is a key […]

Salvador Bahia Airport showcases work of local artist

Salvador Bahia Airport in Brazil, part of the VINCI Airport network, has a new selfie point following the unveiling of a new artwork by artist Raiana Britto. Her illustration, next to the entrance to the boarding area, is said to bring together scenes from the daily lives of black people who live in Salvador and […]

Sweden’s Malmö Airport celebrates 50th anniversary

Malmö Airport, the third busiest gateway in Sweden and the start of international journeys for many people living in the south of the country, celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The airport has welcomed around 60 million passengers since opening in 1972 and, operator Swedavia proudly notes that it is one of the first airports in […]

Anchorage set to boast tallest airport ATC tower in Alaska

Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport is set to become home to Alaska’s tallest air traffic control tower following the unveiling of plans for a new 300ft high facility. Designed by Stantec at the request of the FAA, the new airport traffic control tower (ATCT) and terminal radar approach control base building (TRACON) will provide air traffic […]

Neste and Airbus join forces to advance aviation’s use of 100% SAF

Neste and Airbus have signed an agreement to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the aviation sector. Both parties are said to share a vision that SAF is a key solution to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions of air travel, and today’s announcement aims to accelerate the aviation sector’s transition to SAF. […]

Action needed for UK to meet sustainable aviation fuel targets

New analysis from ICF shows that the UK has the necessary Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) feedstocks to meet the 10% UK SAF target by 2030 through UK production, although the industry coalition Sustainable Aviation warns that more government support is needed now to ensure that it happens. It is believed that a UK SAF industry […]

New world accessibility first for IGA Istanbul Airport

İGA Istanbul Airport has become the first airport in the world to be accredited under ACI World’s new Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation programme, a first-of-its kind initiative dedicated to airport accessibility. The accreditation programme was launched earlier this year and provides a continuous path of improvement in the area of accessibility for passengers with disabilities, which […]

PEOPLE matters

Actions speak louder than words Dr Richard Plenty and Terri Morrissey reflect on the importance of taking a broad perspective on sustainability. We are writing this column from New Zealand where we are on a fact-finding mission on ‘sustainability’. At the same time as we are working, we are enjoying seeing some of the amazing […]

New artwork on display at MIA ahead of Miami Art Week

Whether in town for Miami Art Week or not, travellers at Miami International Airport (MIA) can this week sample works by some of the world-renowned artists featured at the annual event before they even leave the airport. Just in time for Miami Art Week 2022, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division […]

Master plan unveiled for new Riyadh mega hub and future aerotropolis

Saudi Arabia today unveiled plans for a new mega hub for Riyadh which will be called King Salman International Airport. According to the master plan, King Salman International Airport will boost Riyadh’s position as a global logistics hub and stimulate transport, trade and tourism. It is expected to accommodate up to 185 million passengers per […]

Traffic momentum grows across Abu Dhabi’s airports

Abu Dhabi Airports today released its passenger traffic results for the third quarter of 2022, which show that 4.7 million passengers passed through its gateways during the period from July 1 to September 30. The total, handled across Abu Dhabi International Airport and the smaller gateways of Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma Island […]

New airport in Central Poland a step closer to reality

NACO is part of a consortium, together with Foster + Partners and Buro Happold, that will be the master architect of the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) – a new greenfield airport terminal and train station in Central Poland. The hub aims to be operational by 2028, serving 40 million passengers in the first phase and […]

Moody’s downgrades 2023 outlook for European airports

Moody’s has revised its 2023 outlook on the European airports sector to stable from positive on the basis that “economic headwinds” continue to hinder the post-pandemic recovery. ‘’Although annual traffic volumes and sector profitability will continue to improve in 2023, high levels of inflation and weaker macroeconomic conditions across Europe are likely to slow the […]

New gaming lounge opens at Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is now home to the region’s first airport gaming lounge concept with the opening of Game Space earlier this week. The unique space is set to further enhance travellers’ experience at the world’s busiest international airport. Offering a novel alternative to the normal pre-flight routine of travellers, Game Space is located […]

Stansted Airport wants London train service to return to pre-pandemic levels

The managing director of London Stansted today claimed that restoring four trains an hour between the gateway and London Liverpool Street was key to delivering vital sustainability targets and supporting the airport’s growth plans. Speaking at an annual Transport Forum, Gareth Powell said the frequency of trains between the airport and Liverpool Street dropped from […]

First phase of Stockholm Arlanda’s new Marketplace to open next summer

Swedavia today announced that a number of new shops will open at Stockholm Arlanda Airport next summer when the first phase of its biggest ever commercial investment at the gateway is completed. Located in the planned new Marketplace development, the new retail outlets will include a number of well-known Swedish brands, and there will also […]

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BagsID showcases potential for baggage biometrics BagsID has used Aeroporti di Roma’s Innovation Hub incubator programme at Rome Fiumicino Airport to showcase its new mobile recognition app and its potential future use for baggage biometrics to the world. The incubator programme, created in partnership with LVenture Group, provides a platform for innovative start-ups to demonstrate […]

Cutting edge cleaning

Brain Corp’s chief revenue officer, Michel Spruijt, explains why he believes that autonomous cleaning robots are here to stay at the world’s airports. How long have autonomous cleaning robots been around and, to your knowledge, when were they first deployed at an airport? Autonomous cleaning robots have been around since the mid 1990s. At that […]

LAX takes delivery of 500,000 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

Neste delivered over 500,000 gallons (1,500 metric tons) of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The SAF delivery was made possible by a close co-operation with LAXFUEL, the consortium of the airlines operating at LAX providing the jet fuel supply infrastructure for the planes at the airport. It is the first […]

Financial Times names Swedavia as a Diversity Leader in Europe

For the second year running, Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, has been named a Diversity Leader in a Financial Times survey of over 800 businesses across Europe. “We are convinced that diversity at all levels is enriching, and we work actively to create and maintain an inclusive corporate culture,” said the company’s director of business support, […]

Green light for new satellite concourses and terminal at Chicago O’Hare

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today received the green light to go ahead with its proposed Terminal Area Plan at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The decision paves the way for construction to start on two new satellite concourses at the gateway and the new O’Hare Global Terminal that will replace Terminal 2. US Transportation […]

Munich Airport opens Christmas and winter market

After a two-year break, Munich Airport’s Christmas and winter market is back, and judging by Saturday’s pictures, it looks better than ever! This year’s market at the München Airport Center (MAC) Forum – Europe’s largest roofed open space – features over 40 shops and stalls offering Christmas treats, handicrafts and gifts and, as usual, the […]

Plaza Premium Group opens new Blush Lounge at Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport has a new addition to its hospitality offering today following the opening of the Blush Lounge by the Plaza Premium Group (PPG). Located in Terminal 4, the new lounge can accommodate up to 105 passengers at a time and extends PPG’s sizeable presence at the UK hub. According to PPG, travellers will […]

Geneva Airport enhances operations with new self-service technology

New self-service touchpoints at check-in, bag drop, and security mean that passengers can now breeze through Geneva Airport, according to technology provider, SITA. The new touchpoints, it says, are helping to reduce wait times and provide more flexibility to passengers increasingly seeking digital travel solutions. In addition, SITA notes that passengers and staff will also […]

The waiting game

Virtual queuing is coming to an airport near you soon and could represent the future of waiting at airports, writes Steve Covate. With the notable exception of the current COVID caused disruptions, it could be argued that airports – and the airlines and businesses that operate within them – have made giant strides in reducing […]

First gates of New York JFK’s new Terminal 6 set to open in 2026

JFK Millennium Partners (JMP) has confirmed that construction of a new international Terminal 6 anchoring New York JFK’s north side will begin early next year, following financial close of the $4.2 billion project. Approved in August 2021 by PANYNJ’s Board of Commissioners, the new Terminal 6 development will feature a 1.2 million square foot terminal, […]

Kenny Jacobs to become new CEO of Irish airport operator

Irish airport operator, daa, has announced that Kenny Jacobs will become its new CEO in January 2023, succeeding Dalton Philips, who left the business at the end of the summer. In addition to Dublin and Cork airports in Ireland, daa has airport and travel retail business interests in 15 countries around the world through its […]

Istanbul Airport unveils its latest award winning artwork

iGA Istanbul Airport unveiled its latest artwork today, ‘Saya’s Voice’, the first to be displayed as a result of its IGART Art Projects Competition. As a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, 1923 bells have been used in the artwork by Betüi Kotil. Airport CEO, Kadri Samsunlu, said: “We host thousands of […]

Metrorail arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has officially welcomed Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, its arrival marking the completion of a major two-phase Silver Line construction project to extend rail service to the airport and 10 other stations in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia. With the new service, airport passengers and employees now […]

New self-service bag drop technology for Paris airports

Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly airports today announced the delivery of 100 self-service bag drops as operator Groupe ADP bids to further enhance the passenger experience and speed up passenger flows through its main French capital city gateways. The machines, from ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company, will be installed over the coming months adding to the […]

MAI becomes operator of Newark Liberty’s new Terminal A

The official ceremony to announce the opening of the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport in the US state of New Jersey marked a key milestone in the five-year history of the global Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Airport. Munich Airport NJ LLC, which was specifically established by […]

Good job?

Emma Robinson considers some of the challenges the industry will have to address in order to motivate new talent to enter the airport sector. Iam sure most airport bosses will agree, 2020-22 has been the most difficult period the aviation industry has ever faced, with the travel disruption of summer 2022 primarily mainly due to […]

Newark Liberty celebrates opening of new Terminal A

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today celebrated the opening of  Terminal A, the centrepiece of an airport-wide upgrade designed to establish Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as a world-class gateway for the New Jersey and New York region. The new terminal represents the largest design-build project in New Jersey history and […]

Six airport offering some of the best views in the world?

Over the years many have come up with lists of what they believe to be the airports offering the most beautiful or even spectacular aerial views for arriving or departing passengers. According to component supply specialist,  Artemis Aerospace, the following six airports boast some of the world’s “must see runways” due to their location and […]

ONT records highest monthly passenger total since 2016

Ontario International Airport (ONT) welcomed more than 541,000 passengers in October – the highest total in a single month since its 2016 transfer to local ownership – and extended its run of better than pre-pandemic levels, airport officials announced today. The Southern California gateway posted a 7.3% increase in total passengers in October compared with […]

Eliminating emissions through ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

WSP’s aviation strategy and policy advisor and programme administrator of ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, Leonie Dobbie, updates us on the take up, development and evolution of the global initiative. Air travel has become more democratic, morphing towards a one size fits all at costs which are not sustainable, however defined. Until the outbreak of […]

Brisbane Airport considers building a new Terminal 3

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is planning for the future with an estimated 50 million passengers forecast to travel through its terminals each year by 2040. To cater for this rise in demand, BAC is consulting with its airline partners about the shape of a future Terminal 3. “We are running out of terminal capacity and […]

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

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed 4.9 million passengers in October 2022, an increase of 45.3% year-on-year. With the autumn school vacations occurring in the reporting month, FRA experienced particularly strong demand for holiday travel, specifically for flights to popular destinations in Turkey, Greece and the Canary Islands, while services to the Caribbean “continued to see robust […]

New outbound baggage handling system for Austin-Bergstrom

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and its construction partners, Whiting-Turner and Siemens Logistics, have celebrated the start of the delivery and installation of the new outbound baggage handling system. After processing outbound passenger bags for over twenty years, the baggage handling system at AUS is being replaced with an upgraded system to meet modern industry standards. […]

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport unveils expansion project

Despite being less than a decade old, Hamad International Airport today officially unveiled its airport expansion project to the world. The Qatari gateway believes the expansion, which includes what it calls a “masterpiece garden at the centre of the airport”, will enrich the passenger experience and transform the airport into an “extraordinary destination where any […]

Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport: Leading by example

Being one of the world’s most environment friendly and sustainable gateways is a top priority for Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, writes CEO, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar. Airports have always been in the spotlight when it comes to their impact on the environment and the steps taken by them to operate in a sustainable manner, and […]

Ties strengthened between Hong Kong and Zhuhai airports

Hong Kong International Airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zhuhai Municipal Government in a bid to strengthen co-operation with Zhuhai in Mainland China and “propel the development of the aviation industry in the Greater Bay Area”. The MoU was signed by Qin Chun, vice mayor of Zhuhai City, and Vivian Cheung, executive […]

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea airport set to open by end of next year

Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind Saudi Arabia’s new Red Sea International Airport and AMAALA resort, has appointed Reem Emirates Saudi to construct the façade and roof shell of the new gateway and its landside facilities. The airport will be managed by daa International, the international subsidiary of Irish airport operator, daa, which last […]

Ribbon cutting officially marks opening of Denver’s Concourse A-West

Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, was the guest of honour at Denver International Airport (DEN) as the US gateway and United Airlines staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Gate Expansion Program with the opening of new gates on Concourses A and B. The 12 new gates on A-West and 10 new gates […]

Abu Dhabi Airports exploring potential of eVTOL aircraft

Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Groupe ADP to explore the potential of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the Emirate. The new concept of air transportation based around the use electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to move people and cargo is fast gathering traction across the globe. Under […]

Intention to travel highest since start of pandemic – ACI World

ACI World today published its annual ASQ 2022 Global Traveller Survey revealing the highest intention to travel by passengers since the beginning of the pandemic. The survey is designed to engage the views of travellers who used to travel at least annually before the pandemic, and that have either travelled again during the crisis or […]

Orlando International Airport’s wonder walls

Orlando International Airport is reimaging the passenger experience with a series of architecturally scaled immersive art installations dedicated to original and interactive content, writes Joe Bates. Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C is not only one of the world’s newest terminals, it is also one of the most unique in terms of its real-time, interactive and […]

Traffic at Bengaluru Kempegowda back to pre-COVID levels

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR) today announced that it is back at pre-COVID passenger levels owing to the high traffic numbers recorded in its current financial year. Displaying the ongoing momentum of passenger recovery, passenger traffic volumes at BLR registered over 102% growth in domestic travel and about 85% growth in international travel in […]

Ground breaking ceremony held for new airport hotel in Trinidad and Tobago

Work will shortly begin on a new Four Points by Sheraton hotel and conference centre at the International Airport Estates complex at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago. The hotel is being built by developers and designers STAGES Group and Urbahn Architects in response to the lack of airport hotels for air crew […]

Traffic upturn continues at Sweden’s airports

Travel demand remained at an overall high level at Swedavia’s airports through October, despite continued global uncertainty. According to Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, Stockholm Arlanda noted several days of passenger numbers approaching year-highs in conjunction with the annual autumn break. It is also quick to note that waiting times at security checkpoints were at most […]

LAX opens Terminal 4.5 Core as part of $1.6 billion upgrade

The ongoing modernisation of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) continues with the opening of the Terminal 4.5 Core, the first major component to complete as part of a $1.62 billion project at the 60-year-old Terminals 4 and 5. The Terminal 4.5 Core, which opened to the public yesterday, provides a centralised location between Terminals 4 […]

Frankfurt Airport’s Sky Line people mover system taking shape

Frankfurt Airport today unveiled the the first vehicle for its new Sky Line people mover, which will carry travellers from the long-distance and regional train stations at the airport straight to the main building of Terminal 3 in only eight minutes. When operational – the new terminal isn’t due to open until 2026 – the […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, considers the challenges of climate change and airports as sustainability leaders. Since the Paris Agreement, the international treaty on climate change adopted at COP 21, many industries have understood the urgency of addressing our common and most existential threat: climate change. The international treaty’s goal is to […]

AGS Airports to explore the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure

AGS Airports today announced an agreement with ZeroAvia to explore the development  of hydrogen fuel infrastructure, regulatory framework requirements and resourcing required for delivering zero-emission flights from Aberdeen and Glasgow airports. The team at AGS, which owns and operates Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, will work closely with ZeroAvia’s specialist airport infrastructure team to assess […]

Hong Kong International Airport’s Sky Bridge opens to passengers

Hong Kong International Airport’s impressive Sky Bridge opened today, allowing passengers to conveniently travel between Terminal 1 and its Satellite Concourse (T1S). The latest addition to the airport’s infrastructure is 200-metres long and 28-metres high and equipped with escalators and automated walkways. Spanning a taxiway at the airport, Sky Bridge is the world’s longest airside […]

Going the extra mile

Airport World reports on a milestone achievement for Incheon International Airport and some of the highlights of the recent Customer Experience Global Summit in Kraków. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) has become the first airport in the world to achieve the new Level 5 status in ACI’s Airport Customer Experience Accreditation programme. Incheon dominated ACI […]

Slot machine revenue at Las Vegas airport tops $1 billion

The slot machine concessionaire at Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, formerly know as McCarran Airport, is celebrating generating more than one billion dollars in revenue at the US gateway. Michael Gaughan’s Airport Slot Concession, Inc. has been operating at the Nevada gateway for 36 years and has generated the revenue over the lifetime of […]

Miami runway race raises $30,000 for breast cancer charity

For only the second time, runners instead of planes took off on the north runway at Miami International Airport on October 29 for the MIA Runway 5K Flight 2022, all with the goal of fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) campaign. The event, which drew more than 2,500 participants, followed […]

Modalis Infrastructure Partners relaunches airportIR platform

Modalis Infrastructure Partners, a global strategic investment advisory and professional services firm for the airport industry, has redesigned and re-launched its airportIR platform. The company believes that the new-look offers users a more intuitive user experience, enhanced tools for deal tracking, upgraded operator profiles and much more. Modalis’ airportIR is designed to be a trusted […]

New service boosts Brisbane Airport’s cargo capacity to US market

Brisbane Airport’s cargo capacity to the US has been boosted by a new United Airlines service to San Francisco, meaning that from today the gateway offers an 60,000 kilos of cargo capacity a week to the North American market. Indeed, the first United Airlines Brisbane to San Francisco service took off today, its cargo hold packed […]

Birmingham Airport reduces electricity consumption

Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK is in the news again today after revealing that it consumed 10% less electricity between April and September 2022 than in the same period in 2019. It says that the reduction was achieved through the use of low-energy options such as LED lighting, smart meters, continual energy-use audits, regular site […]

YVR continues to innovate and listen to needs of community – airport CEO

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) continues to expand and innovate with ambitious plans to align with the future growth and needs of the community and economy, according to president and CEO, Tamara Vrooman. Vrooman outlined some of YVR’s key goals during her first in-person address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade since taking on the leadership […]

Corporación América Airports is preferred bidder for Nigerian airport concessions

Global airport operator, Corporación América Airports (CAAP), is set to enter the African market for the first time after its consortium was named as the preferred bidder to operate Abuja and Kano airports and their respective cargo terminals in Nigeria. CAAP holds a controlling 51% stake in the consortium alongside partners Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção […]

Works begins on new security area at Birmingham Airport

Work is under way on a new security screening area at Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK. The airport says that the new facility, being built within the existing terminal building, will result in a speedier, simpler pre-flight security screening process for customers. UK Government requires all airports to be compliant with new standards by […]

New corporate identity for Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports today unveiled its refreshed brand architecture and visual identity, which the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five airports believes reaffirms its commitment to developing the aviation sector in the UAE’s capital. According to Abu Dhabi Airports, the “refreshed brand architecture, unifying the visual identity of Abu Dhabi Airports and its subsidiaries, draws inspiration […]

Doing the right thing

Adopting ESG reporting and management frameworks for a sustainable future is now a top priority for the world’s airports, writes ACI World’s director for sustainability and envionmental protection, Jennifer Desharnais. Globally, airports have a long history of making commitments and taking direct action to ensure they design, construct, and operate in a way that is […]

LAX tops 2021 passenger total in first nine months of the year

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) handled more than 48 million travellers in the first nine months of 2022, surpassing the airport’s total passenger volume for all of 2021. Year-over-year international passenger traffic doubled in September, guided by new and returning air service and strong demand. The airport reported a total of 5,598,840 passengers in September, […]

Good third quarter for passenger traffic at bulk of Europe’s airports

Third quarter traffic figures released today by ACI EUROPE show that passenger traffic across the continent’s airport network increased by +61% compared to the same period last year. International passenger traffic (+84%) drove the surge as largely unrestricted cross border travel led to a boom in leisure and VFR travel over the peak summer months. […]

Munich Airport’s winter maintenance team ready for action

Munich Airport’s winter maintenance team will be at the ready for 24 hours-a-day from Tuesday as the German gateway prepares for the cold winter months ahead. More than 600 men and women are part of the winter maintenance team, of whom around 520 come from agriculture and trucking companies in the region. Per shift, up […]

The big picture

ACI World promoted a number of key airport priorities at the 41st ICAO Triennial Assembly, which took place over 10 days in Montréal in late September/early October, 2022. Occurring every three years, ICAO’s Assembly establishes worldwide policy and guides governments’ continuing and future work in civil aviation. The event – which focuses on strengthening the […]

Waste management: Talking rubbish!

Waste management practices are critical to the sustainability journey of airports, writes Frost & Sullivan’s aerospace and defence research analyst, Abhilash Abraham. The aviation sector’s impact on the environment is under constant scrutiny, partially due to the high volumes of waste it generates and its perceived inability to dispose of or recycle it. Aviation stakeholders, […]

Sustainable aviation fuel will be game changer for aviation industry

ICF’s Eliot Lees and Yasar Yetiskin explain why airports need to pay attention to and play their part in the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Aircraft emissions represent the single largest source of environment damaging greenhouse gases at an airport. Indeed, while the long-term decarbonisation goals for airports focus on airport infrastructure (Scope 1), […]

ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly underway in Marrakech

The 2022 ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition (WAGA) is underway in Marrakech, Morocco. More than 500 delegates are in attendance at this year’s event, hosted by Morrocco’s Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA), under the theme of the ‘Sky’s the limit: Discovering opportunities within change’. During the opening ceremony, delegates were welcomed by the Minister […]

All roads lead to Marrakech

Habiba Laklalech, director general of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA), tells Joe Bates more about her first 18 months in the job and the challenges and opportunities ahead for Marrakech Menara Airport. As has been the case for almost everyone in the aviation industry, the last 18 months have proven eventful and challenging for Moroccan Airports […]

London Gatwick’s route network close to pre-pandemic levels

London Gatwick’s recovery from the pandemic is gathering pace with the airport now offering flights to almost 90% of the destinations it served in October 2019. This translates to 172 destinations being served from Gatwick during the upcoming school holiday period, compared to 197 in the same period in 2019 (87%). Top destinations for half-term […]

Frankfurt Airport forms new joint venture with Lufthansa

Frankfurt Airport operator, Fraport, and Lufthansa have formed a new joint venture called ‘FraAlliance’ with each company holding a 50% share in the new initiative. The two companies intend to use FraAlliance to strengthen their existing co-operation on strategic and operational matters at Frankfurt Airport and “plan to deepen their long-standing partnership in relation to […]

Robots at the ready at Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is trialling a robot service technology to enhance colleague and customer experience at the gateway. The trial – the first of its kind in conjunction with SSP UK – sees six service robots deployed later this month at the Sip & Stone Restaurant and Bar. Working with GW Robotics & Stephens Catering, […]

Hamburg and Christchurch airports form climate change partnership

Hamburg Airport in Germany and New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport, two airports on the opposite sides of the earth, today announced that that they will pursue their ambitious climate goals together in the future. The airports have liaised with each other for some time as each has taken a pioneering role in aviation’s decarbonisation journey in […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Sustainability Airport profile: Marrakech Menara Special report: ACI Customer Experience Global Summit Plus: IT innovation, Airport art & WBP news Grab your hat! Editor, Joe Bates, looks forward to the ACI Africa/ World Annual General Assembly in Marrakech and reflects on the ‘sustainability’ theme of this issue. For someone that travelled abroad […]

Under the hammer: Brisbane Airport’s biggest ever lost property auction

Brisbane Airport’s Lost Property Auction is back with a record number of valuable items, allowing the public to grab a bargain as well as own some unique pieces of aviation history. 500 lots are up for sale, with online bidding closing on Sunday, November 6. Around 60,000 people per day pass through the Domestic and […]

Is aviation ready for a new era of supersonic travel?

As American Airlines becomes the third major carrier to place an order for Boom Supersonic’s new Overture jets, Jim Scott, considers the motivations for resurrecting supersonic air travel. When the iconic Concorde landed for the last time at Heathrow Airport in October 2003, the supersonic air travel age had seemingly come to an end. When […]

Myron Keehn to become new CEO of Edmonton Airport

Myron Keehn will become the new CEO of Edmonton Regional Airports Authority when current incumbent, Tom Ruth, retires at the end of December 2022. The authority is responsible for the operation and development of Canada’s fifth busiest gateway, Edmonton Airport (EIA),  which pre-pandemic handled in excess of 8.2 million passengers per annum. Board Chair, Joan […]

London Stansted boosts long-haul capabilities with new double airbridge

The opening of a new air bridge might not seem like that big a deal for an airport, but for London Stansted it is significant, as the new addition boosts the UK gateway’s ability to handle long-haul aircraft. The new £1.5million double airbridge, the first of its kind at Stansted, joins the 11 single-door airbridges […]

UPS unveils new facility at Milan Bergamo Airport

US shipping giant, UPS, has opened a new logistics complex at Milan Bergamo Airport. The new 5,000sqm facility, which is part of an ongoing infrastructure upgrade at the Italian airport, is equipped with advanced sorting technology allowing UPS to process up to 3,800 packages per hour, twice as many as the previous amenities allowed. “The […]

ONT’s passenger traffic soars and exceeds pre-pandemic levels

Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the seventh straight month in September as passenger volumes continued to climb to levels not seen since 2007, airport officials announced. Nearly 517,000 air travellers flew into or out of ONT during the month, a rise of 10.15% on the same month in 2019. It marked […]

Passenger traffic recovery continues at Queen Alia

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport has announced that it handled 5.8 million passengers during the first nine months of 2022, a healthy 89% rise on the same period last year and just 15% down on pre-pandemic levels. “We are continuing to build on our close collaborations with various stakeholders to grow our airline and destination […]

FAA to invest $31 million on key airport cargo projects

The FAA has awarded more than $31 million in grants to expand cargo infrastructure at nine airports across the United States. According to the FAA, each project will help expedite the movement of goods throughout the country. “Every day, we rely on goods transported through our nation’s airports,” said US Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg. “This […]

Traffic data confirms strong August for Europe’s airports

The latest traffic figures from ACI EUROPE show that passenger numbers at the continent’s airports in August was just 12% below pre-pandemic levels. The trade body reveals that passenger traffic across Europe’s airports increased by +51% in August compared to the same month last year, with the surge mostly driven by international passenger traffic (+70%) […]

Shannon Airport Group launches new sustainability strategy

Shannon Airport Group has launched a new sustainability strategy that it hopes will act as a blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for the Group, its people, and the community. Initiatives have been devised across four pillars and key initiatives include: Creating sustainability programmes to upskill staff. Developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas […]

Open for business: news from ACI’s World Business Partners

Smart glass at Phoenix Sky Harbor View has installed its smart glass technology in the new Eighth Concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4. Opened on June 20, the 275,000-square-foot expansion is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling View Smart Glass, which allowed the architectural design team of Corgan and SmithGroup to ensure that it makes […]

Aena’s monthly passenger traffic close to pre-pandemic levels

A total of 24.8 million passengers passed through Aena’s Spanish airport network in September – just 8.3% down on the corresponding month in 2019. In addition, 209,069 aircraft movements were recorded across its airports last month, which is equivalent to a recovery of 94.2% compared to 2019, and 83,036 tonnes of cargo handled, representing a […]

Changi re-opens southern wing of newly revamped T2

Singapore Changi today re-opened the southern wing of its newly revamped Terminal 2 departure hall, following the resumption of arrival operations at the terminal in May this year. Changi Airport Group (CAG) notes that the move will enhance the airport experience for passengers as services and traveller numbers begin to rise again. The additional capacity […]

Delta to switch to Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5 on Wednesday

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has confirmed that Delta Air Lines will move its operations at O’Hare International Airport from the carrier’s long-time home in Terminal 2 to newly renovated gates in Terminal 5 on Wednesday, October 12. “Delta’s move is the next big step in the $1 billion expansion and renovation project nearing […]

PEOPLE matters

The times, they are a changin’… Dr Richard Plenty and Terri Morrissey reflect on how we need to design and build airport workforces for a changing, yet uncertain future. Have you ever noticed how people, generally, seem to prefer to ‘to get on with things’ and take immediate decisive action rather than think things through […]

Watershed moment as governments adopt net-zero 2050 emissions goal

Governments meeting at the 41st ICAO Assembly in Montréal have agreed to adopt the goal of net-zero carbon emissions for international aviation by 2050, one of the only global sector-specific climate goals. The goal aligns international aviation with the Paris Agreement and follows a commitment by the industry itself last year and has been warmly […]

New photovoltaic project taking shape at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport operator, Fraport AG, is embarking on another photovoltaic (PV) project at the gateway to increase its proportion of green energy. It has installed a demonstration system of 20 PV panels with an output of 8.4 kilowatts at the southwestern end of Runway 18 West and plans to extend the triple-array PV system along […]

San Diego achieves top rating in Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

San Diego International Airport (SAN) has achieved the highest level of certification in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme – Level 4+ ‘Transition.’   The airport achieved this certification through a series of programmes that have increased the use of carbon-free electricity and all-electric vehicles, facilitated carbon-emission reductions by airline and rideshare partners, and enabled carbon-offset […]

Los Angeles International Airport unveils ‘reimagined’ new Terminal 3

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO, Justin Erbacci, yesterday joined representatives from Delta Air Lines to officially cut the ribbon to open the brand-new Terminal 3 concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The opening marked the completion of the third phase of the ongoing modernisation of LAX’s Terminals 2 and 3. Terminal 3 and […]

Traffic rising, but global challenges impacting on aviation’s recovery

Strong demand for air travel despite heightened macro-economic risks is a key takeaway from ACI World’s latest assessment analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on airports. “The recent momentum created by the lifting of many health measures and the relaxation of most travel restrictions in many European countries and in the Americas has […]

Fail to plan, plan to fail

RS&H’s vice president, senior principal aviation planner, Bart Gover, outlines ten reasons some airports choose to forego long-range planning. It’s true that sometimes choosing to do nothing is the easiest decision to make. However, planning is essential to succeed and has long been considered a fundamental tool used to achieve a desired outcome. Assuming this […]

Top UK airport ranking for London City and London Luton airports

London City Airport (LCY) and London Luton Airport (LTN) have been ranked the top two gateways in the UK by Conde Nast Traveller as part of their Readers’ Choice Awards. London Luton – or LLA as it prefers to call itself – has held the second place spot for the last three years. The airport’s chief […]

Prague Airport celebrates life of Václav Havel

Prague Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and today it unveiled its planned tributes to former Czech President, Václav Havel, whom it has officially been named after since 2012. Working with the Václav Havel Library, the airport has prepared two exhibitions of photographs from the life of the former president. “The first will […]

Aena awards first logistics area contract for Madrid airport city

Aena’s Board of Directors has approved the award for the first logistics development area at Madrid-Barajas’ airport city to the P3 Group Sarl, which has pledged to invest nearly €170 million on the project. The tender winning bid involves an initial upfront investment of €52.5 million, rising to €116 million and eventually €170 million over […]

BLOG: A new way to forecast the weather

Aviation plays a huge role in both the United States and international infrastructure, from transporting people for leisure and business trips to moving cargo both domestically and internationally, writes Filipe Silva. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handles over 45,000 flights a day in the US alone, with international flight traffic increasing 150.6% from July 2021 […]

Pandemic has changed the market for airport tax and duty free operators

Opening the 37th TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes, TFWA president, Erik Juul-Mortensen, said he believed that the concept of ‘going back to normal’ following the pandemic is no longer a possibility. “After two years that threatened duty free and travel retail’s existence, it was inevitable the pandemic would bring change. “Traveller expectations have evolved […]

Face recognition biometric technology on trial at Perth Airport

International passengers travelling on selected Singapore Airlines flights from Perth Airport have begun using, on a trial basis, new face recognition biometric technology designed to simplify the airport journey. Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said the trial, being run in partnership Amadeus and Singapore Airlines, is part of Perth Airport’s move towards greater use of […]

Better by design

HOK’s regional leader of aviation and transportation, Keith Hui, and Woolpert’s director of strategic consulting, David Tomber, share their thoughts on how better design can maximise an airport’s return on investment (ROI). Design education and practice emphasise the importance of achieving design vision, functional requirements, construction budget and schedule. However, these ubiquitous project objectives can […]

San Antonio airports enhance green credentials

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has renewed its Level 1 accreditation for Carbon Mapping and Stinson Municipal Airport achieved Level 1 status for the first time in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.  “Through teamwork, we successfully achieved this goal,” said San Antonio International Airport’s noise abatement and special projects manager, Joshua Heiss. “Airport Carbon Accreditation […]

Closing the distance

Landrum & Brown’s Andy Lee, Jordan Roos and Karst Smit consider ways of shortening walking distances and passenger journey times through airport terminals. Airport terminal typologies have evolved over the decades to respond to market, regulatory and technological developments. Besides the evolution of aircraft dimensions, the two biggest events, deregulation and 9/11, led to the […]

Construction work starts on London Gatwick’s new electric forecourt

Construction work has started on a new garage of the future at London’s Gatwick Airport as it is being built to serve electric vehicles. Tech-enable sustainable energy company, GRIDSERVE, chose today, World EV Day, to commence construction of the first of its kind facility at an airport. Located on the Ring Road South approach to the […]

Detroit Metro introduces pet therapy dogs and sunflower lanyards

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has enhanced the customer experience at DTW by introducing two new initiatives, pet therapy dogs and a programme that helps passengers with hidden disabilities. “We are constantly looking for opportunities to address the needs and exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO, Chad Newton. […]

Fuel for thought

Airports need to get hydrogen ready now to help the industry meet its net zero targets, writes Jacobs’ Andrew Gibson and Elizabeth Leavitt. Airports worldwide continue to make significant progress in reducing their carbon emissions, but without decarbonising aircraft, overall reductions from the aviation sector will be limited. It is therefore no surprise to report […]

Food deliveries by robot now on menu at Rome Fiumicino

The robot revolution continues with Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) becoming the first gateway in Europe to deploy ‘Ottobot’ to deliver food and shopping to passengers at boarding gates. The brainchild of Ottonomy.IO, Ottobot 2.0 can be found at work in the new Pier A in Terminal 1 at Rome Fiumicino. The autonomous delivery project […]

Chicago O’Hare is world’s best connected hub – new OAG data

Leading data platform for the global travel industry, OAG, today released Megahubs 2022, the Top 50 most internationally connected airports in the world. Last updated in 2019, Megahubs provides fresh insight into how ongoing travel disruptions are affecting global connectivity. While London Heathrow (LHR) maintained its first-place ranking among European hubs, its global ranking dropped […]

ACI EUROPE joins European Commission’s ‘Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation’

ACI EUROPE today officially joined the Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation (AZEA), a voluntary initiative spearheaded by the European Commission bringing aviation stakeholders together to prepare Europe for hydrogen and electric flight. The Alliance will build on the findings of the industry-led Destination 2050 roadmap as regards the emission reduction potential of alternative propulsion technologies, notably […]

The future is green

Airport World reports on a handful of sustainability news stories making headlines across the world this summer. Encouraging progress at ICAO talks in Montréal The aviation industry says progress towards a long-term climate goal for the global air transport sector took a significant step forward at July’s High-level Meetings in Montréal organised by ICAO to […]

FAA issues new design guidelines for Vertiports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released new design guidelines for vertiports, infrastructure that will support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. The design standards will serve as the initial step to provide key information for airport owners, operators and infrastructure developers to begin development of facilities that will support operations of AAM aircraft that are […]

Peel Group to close no longer viable Doncaster Sheffield Airport

The battle to save Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has failed, with the UK gateway now set to wind down after October 31 after the owners confirmed that it was no longer economically viable. Owners, the Peel Group, admitted earlier this year that the airport might close after Wizz Air’s decision to withdraw operations at DSA, and […]

ACI puts environmental agreement high on agenda at ICAO Assembly

On the eve of the 41st ICAO Triennial Assembly, Airports Council International (ACI) is calling on States to adopt an ambitious environmental agreement. ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: “The adoption of an ambitious environmental agreement at the ICAO 41st Triennial Assembly fully aligned with the Paris Agreement and the aviation industry’s […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on the key role ICAO’s 41st Assembly will play in driving improvements in the aviation sector. The aviation industry is coming out of the pandemic with a shared set of challenges and with an understanding that we must support each other to fully recover and prosper. […]

Heathrow reaching out to SMEs to join £188 billion supply chain

Heathrow today invited the SME community to reconnect with its multi-billion-pound supply chain, which it insists can be a part of the airport’s continued recovery, contributing to the local community’s growth and “global Britain’s prosperity”.  The call comes as the airport announced the relaunch of its annual Business Summit. It has been three years since […]

New infrastructure: Building back better

Airport World turns the spotlight on a handful of infrastructure development projects currently taking shape or being planned across the globe. New terminal for Kumasi Airport in Ghana Kumasi International Airport’s new terminal is on target to open in October, 2022, and may even handle its first flights in August, if news reports from Ghana […]

New bespoke Thai food outlets open at Bangkok Survarnabhumi

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) has two new bespoke Thai food outlets, courtesy of global F&B provider, the SSP Group. According to SSP, the openings will allow travellers to enjoy authentic Thai culinary experiences as they embark on their journeys through this international hub. Koh Hop Bar, which has proven exceedingly popular with customers, serves […]

Overcoming cables

Santiago Beron reminds airports about the importance of identifying all existing cables before commencing expansion projects based on TLC Engineering Solution’s experience at two Florida gateways. As the pandemic has shown, any disruption to air travel has real world impacts, from airport operations to business expenses as well as personal budgets for families on vacation. […]

Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C opens for business

After decades of planning and nearly five years of construction, on Tuesday afternoon, the vision became reality at Orlando International Airport (MCO) as an Aer Lingus flight from Manchester in the UK helped open Terminal C to the public. The $2.8 billion project features 15 additional gates to increase MCO passenger capacity by 25% or […]

New milestone LEED certification for San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has become the first gateway in the world to earn airport-wide LEED Platinum certification under the Communities programme developed by the US Green Building Council. While individual buildings at SFO have previously earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status, this latest achievement certifies the entire existing airport campus […]

Asia-Pacific set to lose status as world’s largest aviation market

China’s tougher border measures and Japan’s cautious approach towards relaxation of inbound travel restrictions could displace Asia-Pacific as the world’s largest air passenger market for the year 2022. Asia-Pacific which has dominated the civil aviation market for several years prior to the pandemic, is estimated to finish second, behind Europe in terms of passenger share, […]

Orlando International Airport’s new Terminal C: Welcome to the future

Curtis Fentress tells us more about Orlando International Airport’s new 1,800 million square foot, $2.8 billion Terminal C. Last year, Florida’s Orlando International Airport (MCO) ranked among the world’s top ten busiest airports for the first time. This year it will open phase one of a new Terminal C, which has been decades in the […]

Incheon takes airport customer experience to the next level

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) has became the first airport in the world to achieve the new Level 5 status in ACI’s Airport Customer Experience Accreditation programme. The announcement was made today at the ACI Customer Experience Global Summit in Kraków. Incheon dominated ACI World’s annual customer service excellence awards the early years, being named the […]

ACI Customer Experience Global Summit begins in Kraków

ACI World’s annual ACI Customer Experience Global Summit has begun in Kraków, Poland, with ‘Re-humanising the airport experience’ being the theme of the event. The ACI Customer Experience Global Summit is the premier global event on airport experience and attracts more than 400 senior airport executives, civil aviation authority representatives, airport specialists, and related business […]

Car sharing goes electric at Frankfurt Airport

Two new providers are taking electro-mobility to a new level at Frankfurt Airport, according to the German gateway. The airport notes that the popularity of sharing rental vehicles “is growing fast” as passengers seek alternatives to using their own cars or taking taxis or public transportation to get to and from the airport. As a […]

Airport World exclusive: The progress and future of eVTOL avionics

Flying cars used to be the province of science fiction novels. But now, “flying cars” are real, with over 200 different models being designed and dozens of real prototypes flying today. Except that it’s not so much a flying car as an actual aircraft: an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, to be exact. […]

Cork Airport welcomes new police and fire service recruits

Cork Airport has celebrated the appointment of six new Airport Police and Fire Service recruits who will complement the very strong Airport Police and Fire operation at Ireland’s second busiest airport. The new recruits, Shannon Duke, Nicole Maher, Mary McCarthy, David Northridge, Ben O’Connor, and Simon Stokes were joined by their proud family and friends […]

SITA launches new partnership programme

SITA has announced the launch of a partnership programme aimed at joining hands with key partners as it embarks on what it calls “a new path to growth”. Through the new partner platform, Launchpad, SITA has outlined four key areas where it seeks to build new partnerships: digital identities, advanced analytics and data management, security […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Design & Build Airport profile: Prague Special report: Kraków Airport Plus: Sustainability & WBP news The heat is on! Airport World editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the summer heatwave, the importance of reducing carbon emissions and the ‘Design & Build’ theme of this issue. Temperatures have hit record highs across Europe this […]

Prague Airport: Positive thinking!

Jiří Pos, Prague Airport’s chair of the board, talks to Joe Bates about the Czech gateway’s 85th anniversary, future development plans and success in ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) programme. With little domestic or transfer traffic and the Czech Republic introducing some of the toughest travel restrictions in Europe during the COVID pandemic, it doesn’t […]

Busy August in Copenhagen reflects ‘hectic’ summer across Europe

August was busy at Copenhagen Airport (CPH), with more than 2.3 million passengers passing through the facilities at Denmark’s capital city gateway. The monthly total means that around seven million passengers used Copenhagen in between June 1 and August 31 this year, with Spain being the most popular outbound destination. “It has been a busy […]

Strong 2022 bounce back for Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain International Airport has revealed that almost three million passengers passed through its facilities in the first half of 2022. Talking about the airport’s 2022 performance to date, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) CEO, Mohamed Al Binfalah, said: “We can all be proud of how well our airport has performed this year. “After losing more than […]

VINCI Airports awarded concession for Faa’a Airport in Tahiti

VINCI Airports will operate Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti for the next 40 years after being awarded the concession to develop it by the French government. The main airport and gateway to French Polynesia, Faa’a International Airport – also known as Tahiti International Airport – welcomed 1.5 million passengers in 2019. The new concession company, […]

New report outlines Changi’s sustainability vision and targets

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has released its latest sustainability report, ‘Forging A Sustainable Changi’, which outlines its sustainability vision, approach and outcomes from the financial year ending 31 March 2022. The report covers CAG’s activities across Changi Airport’s four passenger terminal buildings, the Changi Airfreight Centre and the aircraft operating areas on the airport site […]

More than 4,000 jobs up for grabs at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport will host a second jobs fair to help meet the ongoing demand for staff, with more than 4,000 vacancies available heading into the September school holidays and end-of-year Christmas period. Luxury retailers, hotels, airlines, government agencies, and terminal service providers are in the market for employees, with major employers including Virgin Australia, Qantas, […]

Faro Airport to be named after pioneering Portuguese aviator

António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, and Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports, today gathered at Faro Airport to celebrate the centenary of Gago Coutinho’s aerial crossing of the South Atlantic. The event was held in the presence of Portugal’s Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, as well […]

Passenger numbers at Sweden’s airports continue to bounce back

A total of 2.9 million passengers passed through Sweden’s airports in August as the country and its aviation industry continued its recovery from the global pandemic. It was the third straight month that close to three million passengers used Swedavia’s 10 airports, which include Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter and Malmö. The airport operator notes that […]

Kraków Airport: Exceeding expectations

Kraków Airport’s director of aviation and commercial services, Paweł Galiak, tells us more about the gateway’s award winning customer service strategy. How proud are you of Kraków Airport’s success in ACI’s ASQ programme, and what does it mean for the airport, because success doesn’t happen overnight, does it? That’s true. We have achieved success thanks […]

AeroParker and Omnevo form strategic partnership

Digital solutions providers AeroParker and Omnevo have announced a strategic partnership that they believe will help take “airport digital ancillary revenue to the next level”. The agreement expands the reach of the Omnevo digital platform into car parking, a key ancillary revenue market for almost every airport, enlarging the platform’s capabilities across the spectrum of […]

AGS Airports reveals more about medical drone initiative

A consortium led by AGS Airports, delivering what will be the UK’s first medical distribution network using drones, has launched its next phase in partnership with NHS Scotland. CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), secured £10.1 million funding from the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) last month. AGS […]

Changi Terminal 2 gearing up for return of departing passengers

Singapore Changi is to re-open the southern wing of Terminal 2 for departure operations next month following the resumption of arrival operations at the terminal in May this year.  The commencement of departure operations at T2 on October 11 will add to Changi’s capacity and spread out passenger operations more evenly across the airport’s terminals as […]

Aberdeen runway run raises £40,000 for charity

A midnight runway run at Aberdeen International Airport has raised in excess of £40,000 for different charities. More than 300 runners completed the 3.5km Runway Run on Saturday night, with the airfield  lit up for the occasion. Once again, CHC Helicopters and Aberdeen International Airport partnered up to bring the run to the Dyce terminal […]

Tucson International Airport unveils new interactive wayfinding map

Navigating Tucson International Airport (TUS) has always been a breeze, but now the travel experience is even easier as the US gateway has upgraded its interactive map to allow for wayfinding throughout the airport and surrounding customer facilities. Accessible through the FlyTucson.com website, the new map is available in desktop format for anyone interested in […]

All change at the top for Abu Dhabi Airports

H.E. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri is the new managing director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, his brief being to “continue the journey of success” achieved by predecessor, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi. According to Abu Dhabi Airports, the appointment is in line with the next phase of its development as it continues to transform and […]

Black breweries on tap at O’Hare for National Black Business Month

Passengers passing through Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) got a taste of two featured beers as part of a tap takeover celebrating National Black Business Month. Turner Häus Brewery had beer on tap at Tortas Frontera restaurant while Moor’s Brewery took over the tap at Hub51, both located in Terminal 5. Both restaurants, operated by Areas, sold […]

Sydney Airport unveils new stores in luxury retail precinct

Sydney Airport is reinvigorating its luxury retail precinct with the arrival of the most sought-after fashion brands, affirming the airport’s position on the world stage of luxury. Showcased within a 2,700sqm streetscape, luxury brands including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Bvlgari, Hermès, Loewe, Moncler, Prada, Rolex and Saint Laurent are now open at the airport’s T1 […]

Atkins to work as consultant on daa’s airfield engineering projects

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by daa as its multi-disciplinary design consultant for the delivery of civil and airfield engineering design services at Dublin and Cork airports. Under the terms of the five-year Civil Engineering Design Services Framework contract – extendable by three years – Atkins will integrate […]

Uzbekistan’s first e-gates open at Samarkand International Airport

Following extensive testing, Samarkand International Airport has launched the first e-gate border control system in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The e-gate software and hardware system, developed by an Uzbekistan company under contract with the border troops of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan, allows safe and uninterrupted processing of arriving passengers. The automated border control […]

Strong summer for LAX leads to 14% rise in July passengers numbers

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) enjoyed a strong rebound in international traffic this summer, with passenger numbers in July nearly double those experienced during the same month a year ago. The airport handled a total of 6.3 million passengers in July, up from 5.5 million in the same month last year. The increase of nearly […]

New technology to enhance passenger flows at Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has announced an innovative technology partnership to improve queue management and the passenger experience. LBA has partnered with Veovo to introduce AI-powered passenger predictability technology to its airport operation. This technology will optimise airport security area operations and passenger flow throughout the terminal by analysing real-time data on […]

Ontario International Airport expecting a busy Labor Day weekend

Air travellers making their final trips of the summer are expected to have plenty of company at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) over the Labor Day weekend. According to ONT officials, the number of domestic and international passengers combined will be more than 77,000 between September 1 and 5, 6% higher than the same […]

Abu Dhabi’s airports enjoy ‘healthy’ half year with robust traffic growth

Abu Dhabi Airports has reported “healthy” traffic figures for the first half of 2022, revealing that it handled 6.2 million passengers across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Bateen Executive, Delma and Sir Bani Yas Island airports during the six months. CEO, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, said: “Our passenger traffic results for this year’s first half represent […]

Dublin Airport celebrates opening of new North Runway

A Ryanair flight to Eindhoven yesterday became the first official flight to take-off from Dublin Airport’s newly constructed North Runway. Airport operator, daa, is quick to note that the €320m North Runway (designated 10L/28R) and associated facilities were delivered on schedule and on budget and at no cost to the Irish government. According to daa, […]

Open for business

The latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. TSA approves use of Rohde & Schwarz scanner Rohde & Schwarz has announced that its R&S QPS201 security scanner has been placed on the Transportation Security Administration’s Qualified Products List (QPL), which approves it for use in US airports and at other TSA security screening facilities. “We […]

New funding to boost Calgary International Airport’s recovery efforts

Canada’s Ministry of Transport has announced close to C$2 million in new funding to help Calgary International Airport (YYC) recover from the effects of the pandemic, and to support continued air services and important infrastructure projects at the airport. The funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, will support projects to improve current and […]

Vertiport update

Flying cabs are a step closer to reality following the successful trial of the world’s first fully operational demonstration hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles such as air taxis and autonomous cargo drones. Air-One, as it was named by creator, Urban-Air Port, was located in the heart of Coventry in the UK […]

AENA wins concession to operate 11 Brazilian airports

Through subsidiary, Aena Desarrollo Internacional, Aena has been awarded the concession to operate and develop São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport and 10 other gateways across Brazil. The concession, which is initially for 30 years with the option of a five year extension, covers 11 gateways across São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Pará […]

Forward thinking

As borders begin to re-open, is it time for APAC airports to reconsider how they will look and digitally interact with passengers in the future? Amadeus’ senior vice president of airport and airline operations for the region, Sarah Samuel, investigates. When the pandemic emerged in 2019, Asia-Pacific was the first to feel its impact. And […]

Plans unveiled for Scottish SAF production facility

It is claimed that a Green Freeport in the North East of Scotland could play a significant role in decarbonising the aviation industry by delivering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant that would create up to 920 jobs and £133 million in GVA per year. The creation of a SAF facility at St Fergus is […]

The clock is ticking

It is time to apply a ‘warp-speed mindset’ to the digital transformation of airport operations to accommodate future growth, improve the passenger journey, respond to disruptions and optimise operational efficiencies from ground operations to ticketing, writes Charlie Meyer. At the onset of the pandemic, as we all waited for vaccines to be made available, many […]

Dubai International Airport enjoys ‘spectacular’ recovery in second quarter

A steady surge of growth throughout the second quarter has propelled Dubai International’s (DXB) half yearly traffic to 27.9 million passengers, just 1.2 million shy of the airport’s total annual traffic last year. DXB achieved the milestone despite a significant reduction in capacity resulting from the 45-day closure of its northern runway in May-June for […]

Investing in sustainability

Carlos Kaduoka, SITA’s head of business strategy for airports, considers how new technology will play a key role in helping airports respond to the demands for a greener industry. The travel recovery is well underway. As the summer travel season approaches, airlines and airports have been caught off guard by the speed of recovery. The […]

Shannon boosts its security team to enhance airport experience

Shannon Airport has expanded its airport security team to bolster its commitment to improving passenger flows and enhancing the airport experience for visitors, particularly during the busy summer months. A total of nine new recruits have received their official certificates after completing an intense training course in airport security. The new Airport Screening Unit (ASU) officers […]

Passenger volumes continue to grow at Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) welcomed 401,000 passengers in July, 2022, a colossal 259.3% increase over the same period last year, although passenger volumes remain significantly down on pre-pandemic levels. Cargo throughput and air traffic movements recorded 17% and 3.1% year-on-year drops to 348,000 tonnes and 11,485 movements, respectively. The relaxation of inbound travel and […]

Workers to hold rally to try and save Doncaster Sheffield Airport

The battle to save Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the UK will gather pace tomorrow with a rally attended by staff, union officials, the local MP and Regional Secretary, Hazel Nolan. Wizz Air’s decision to withdraw operations at the airport has led the Board to “reluctantly conclude that aviation activity on the site may no longer […]

New strategic partnership for Arora Engineers

Arora Engineers, one of the largest minority-owned infrastructure services firms in North America, has announced a new partnership with Jacmel Growth Partners. According to ACI World Business Partner, Arora, this strategic partnership will have important implications for the AEC industry. Capital from Jacmel will support Arora as it continues to expand upon its core infrastructure […]

Rome Fiumicino installing new carry-on baggage screening systems

Rome’s Leonardo di Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino) has begun the installation of new carry-on baggage screening systems that it claims will enhance the operational efficiency and effectiveness of its security operations. The airport has opted to instal 30 HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX machines from Smiths Detection, a computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanner that produces high-resolution volumetric […]

Tech talk

Joe Bates takes a closer look at some of the most innovative IT stories to have made headlines across the globe in the first half of 2022. Duty calls for assistance robots Bengaluru-Kempegowda in India and Christchurch in New Zealand have become the latest airports to embrace humanoid technology – the former on a trial […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, reflects on the key role new technology plays in the operation and ongoing development of the world’s airports. The recent momentum created by the lifting of many health measures and the relaxation of most travel restrictions in a growing number of countries has had a positive and […]

Half year results show better times for Copenhagen Airport and Fraport Group

Copenhagen Airport and the Fraport Group have become the latest airport operators to post improved results for the first half of 2022. Denmark’s capital city airport reports that eight out of ten passengers are back, it has taken on an extra 500 staff to cope with rising demand, and that it is close to breaking […]

Jeddah Airport City: Raising the bar

MXD’s Chris LeTourneur outlines what we can expect from Jeddah Airport City and explains why he believes it represents the future of airport centric development. Jeddah Airport City at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is arguably taking airport-centric development to a new level, enhancing the western gateway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for […]

BLOG: Using technology to enhance the airport experience

Technology such as artificial intelligence can help airports increase efficiency and improve the passenger experience without compromising on security, writes Chris Bishop. When it comes to commercial aviation, it would not be an exaggeration to describe the first few months as “difficult” for the industry. Flights have been cancelled with little or no notice across […]

Up to 2,000 new jobs going at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is hosting the BNE Careers Expo next month to encourage up to 2,000 new employees to consider a career at the airport precinct. The airport ‘jobs bonanza’ covers a diverse range of roles including: security, baggage handling, government agencies, airlines, customers service, engineering, corporate services, landscaping, bus drivers, hospitality and retail […]

On the comeback trail

We review some of the highlights of ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress & General Assembly in Rome. Cautious optimism about the future might be the best way to sum up the mood of the over 300 delegates who gathered in Rome recently for ACI EUROPE’s 32nd Annual Congress & General Assembly. For although traffic figures are […]

Eliminating threats

Genetec’s Simon Barnes assesses the risks of IoT devices in airports and the need for a joint approach to cyber and physical security to secure networks. The ever-expanding catalogue of ‘smart devices’ is revolutionising airport operations. Innovative technology is directly improving the passenger experience and making operations more efficient. One of the biggest areas where […]

UK’s Birmingham Airport publishes GHG emissions report

Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK today published its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions report for 2021/22. The report reveals emissions rose 12% on the previous year, 2020/21, when operations were severely reduced by COVID. Publishing a full GHG emissions inventory covering Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions is a first for BHX, which notes that […]

San Diego’s passenger numbers hit new monthly high

Passenger numbers at San Diego International Airport (SAN) broke the two million a month barrier in June for the first time December 2019. The milestone also marks the closest the airport has come to reaching pre-pandemic passenger numbers as June reached 90.5% of 2019’s traffic levels. “SAN has seen a steady increase in passenger numbers […]

Heathrow enjoys flying start to summer holiday season

London’s Heathrow Airport has enjoyed a flying start to the great summer getaway, with over one million people taking to the skies in the last 10 days, the busiest consecutive period for departures at the airport since Christmas 2019. The top destinations so far this summer are New York, Los Angeles, and Dubai. This is […]

Florida’s Pensacola International Airport to enhance its MRO facilities

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a $8 million contract to provide programme management and design criteria professional services at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport. Under the approximately three-year contract, the company will support the City of Pensacola, which owns and operates the airport, in the completion of its Project Titan Element […]

ABM expands partnership with Chicago O’Hare

ABM has signed a new five-year contract worth $25 million a year to provide “comprehensive custodial, window cleaning and related hygiene and disposal services” for the airside facilities at Chicago O’Hare’s Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The contract represents a significant expansion of ABM’s current work at O’Hare. The company notes that it “has been […]

LaGuardia celebrates completion of construction of Terminal B

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the private entity managing and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, has announced that the last remaining elements of the new terminal have opened. New York governor, Kathy Hochul, and other dignitaries celebrated the completion of construction of the terminal passenger facility in January, and as part of the LGP’s innovative project […]

Aena announces first profits since first quarter of 2020

Spain’s global airport operator, Aena, has announced that it made  a net profit of €163.8 million in the first half of 2022 – nearly a  150% rise on its results for the corresponding period a year ago when it reported a huge €346.4 million loss. The turnaround in its fortunes means that Aena is in […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: IT Innovation Airport profile: Ontario (ONT) Special report: Jeddah Airport City Plus: ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress & General Assembly Never ending story Airport World editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the evolution of technology and aviation’s constant search for new IT-driven solutions. Those of us old enough to have used typewriters, […]

ONT to betting things

CEO, Atif Elkadi, tells Joe Bates more about the transformation in Ontario International Airport’s fortunes over the last five years and its impressive recovery from the global pandemic. Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) is in a good place right now with ambitious owners, a committed and forward-looking management team, and more airlines and a […]

Miami International Airport on target for record breaking year

Two years after the pandemic shrank global air travel to historic lows, Miami International Airport (MIA) is experiencing its busiest year ever and is on pace to surpass 50 million annual passengers for the first time in its history. The Florida gateway’s previous annual record is 45.9 million passengers, set in 2019. According to statistics […]

London Stansted unveils refurbished international departure lounge

London Stansted has completed the £12 million refurbishment of its international departure lounge just in time for the big summer holiday getaway. The airport and its retail partners are confident that the investment will improve the customer experience as they welcome more than five million passengers during July and August. The new dining and retail […]

ACI World confirms global traffic figures for 2021

ACI World today published its annual World Airport Traffic Dataset, revealing the magnitude of the aviation industry’s recovery and confirming global air traffic rankings for the full year 2021. “Following the release of preliminary data earlier in the year, we are pleased to share ACI’s complete annual World Airport Traffic Dataset,” said ACI World director […]

Wizz Air withdrawal leaves future of Doncaster Sheffield Airport in balance

The Board of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) in the UK has begun a review of strategic options for the airport after its Board “reluctantly concluded that aviation activity on the site may no longer be commercially viable”. Airport owner, the Peel Group, has reviewed the conclusions of the Board  and commissioned external independent advice in […]

Time for States to reach global agreement on decarbonisation – ACI

ACI is calling for the upcoming ICAO meeting in Montréal to reach an agreement on a long-term aspirational goal for CO2 emissions reductions, aligned with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C goal and the industry objective of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The meeting, due to take place at ICAO’s headquarters next week, will examine the […]

Traffic rising faster than expected at Frankfurt Airport

Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) continued its upward trend in June 2022, with some five million passengers passing through the German hub during the month. The total represented a huge 181% increase on the corresponding month a year ago – the biggest monthly upturn since the start of the pandemic – and means that […]

ACI EUROPE welcomes EC proposal to return to normal slot usage rules

ACI EUROPE has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to reinstate standard airport slot usage rules for the upcoming Winter 22/23 season. Accordingly, airlines will be required to use airport slots they have been allocated for 80% of the time in order to keep them during the following corresponding season – putting an end to what […]

Heathrow to impose summer capacity cap to cope with rising demand

London’s Heathrow Airport has taken the dramatic step of imposing a capacity cap this summer to ensure that it offers “better and more reliable” journeys for passengers during traditionally its busiest time of the year. In an open letter to passengers on the capacity cap, Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, says: “The global aviation industry is […]

Cloud-based technology to enhance passenger experience at YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has become the latest major gateway to turn to cloud-based technology to enhance the passenger journey.  Its new Amadeus Flow cloud solution supports innovations such as biometrics, contactless services and off-airport check-in and bag drop. In a phased migration, YVR has upgraded its connectivity using multiple high-speed network connections to a […]

UK aviation needs significant and sustained investment to meet net zero 2050 goal

A new PwC report – Road to Jet-Zero – outlines what it claims are the range of support measures needed to ensure that air travel in the UK becomes even more sustainable in the future, ultimately becoming a CO2 free industry. It notes that aviation currently accounts for 7% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. […]

Brisbane Airport enjoys busiest day since pre-pandemic traffic highs

Brisbane Airport has experienced its busiest day since before the start of the global pandemic, with 65,000 passengers today passing through its Domestic and International terminals. “This is great news for Queensland and the recovery of tourism across the State,” enthused Gert-Jan de Graaff, the CEO of operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation. “Right now, the terminals […]

Passenger volumes rise at Sweden’s airports for third straight month

Nearly 2.9 million passengers passed through Swedavia’s airports in June, meaning that traffic volumes have risen at Sweden’s gateways for the third straight month for the first time since the start of the pandemic. June is usually the strongest travel month of the year due to increased demand and routes being added during the summer. […]

LAX to receive $50 million in funding to help modernise roadways

US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, has announced that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will receive $50 million as part of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help reconstruct and modernise its terminal roadway systems, including a reconfiguration of the main entrance to the airport. “Americans deserve modern airports that meet the needs of their […]

Norwegian reports highest monthly traffic figures since 2019

Norwegian’s latest traffic figures support the fact that the upturn in passenger numbers across Europe’s airports is gathering pace, the airline today revealing that it handled 1.9 million people across its network in June. The total represents a 19% increase on the previous month and the highest number since the outbreak of the pandemic, with […]

Queen Alia achieves ‘Transition’ status in Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

Airport International Group (AIG) has announced that Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport has become the first gateway in the Middle East and one of only 21 in the world to achieve Level 4+ ‘Transition’ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The Amman gateway notes that it was awarded the certificate following a “rigorous review […]

New interactive gallery to promote attractions of Changi Precinct

Singapore’s gateway to the world has stepped up the promotion of its Changi Precinct, which it hopes will prove a big hit with passengers wishing to explore and have fun as traffic numbers begin to rise again after the global pandemic. The new ‘Hello, Changi Precinct’ gallery in Terminal 3 is essentially designed to drive […]

Helsinki Airport to mark 70th anniversary tomorrow

Helsinki Airport will celebrate its 70th anniversary as a commercial gateway tomorrow. Finland’s capital city airport handled its first passenger flight on July 5, 1952, with the bulk of those onboard and passing through its newly opened passenger terminal comprising athletes and guests coming to Helsinki for the Summer Olympics. “In 70 years, Helsinki Airport […]

Passenger traffic building momentum in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International Airport is expecting a busy next few months with passenger numbers boosted by Eid Al Adha and the upcoming summer holiday season. Around 2.8 million passengers are expected to pass through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) during July and August this year, of which 414,000 are specific to the Eid Al Adha […]

New exhibition at Perth Airport celebrates First Nation elders

As part of its NAIDOC Week celebrations, Perth Airport has partnered with the Community Arts Network (CAN) on an exciting First Nations truth telling exhibition in Terminal 4. The land on which the airport operates forms part of the traditional network of communication routes, meeting places and camping sites of the Noongar people, and the […]

New report outlines Edinburgh Airport’s sustainability plans

Becoming carbon neutral and looking to increase investment in renewable technologies are two of the improvements Edinburgh Airport has made as it publishes its annual report. The airport’s sustainability report for 2021 comes a year after the launch of its Greater Good strategy and measures progress made against the four pillars contained within. The past […]

Passengers embracing mobile and touchless technologies – new survey

SITA’s 2022 Passenger IT Insights research, published today, highlights pent-up demand for both business and leisure travel emerging from the pandemic, with passengers further embracing mobile and touchless technologies to make the journey as convenient and seamless as possible. The survey reveals an increase in passenger use of mobile devices for booking, on board the airplane, and […]

Flights to Lyon Airport show potential for greening aviation

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport today hosted five European flights that between them used a combination of new innovative technologies, fuels and air navigation procedures designed to minimise their carbon emissions. According to ACI Europe, today’s actions show that the potential to transform the environmental impact of the aviation industry exists today. The flights – from Amsterdam, […]

Plans in place to ensure Dublin copes with busy summer

Dublin Airport has reiterated its confidence in its current plan to avoid cutting any flights this summer. The Irish gateway notes that during the first three weeks of June, 93% of all passengers spent 45 minutes or less queuing at its security screening areas, while 77% of passengers queued for 30 minutes or less. And […]

Airport galleries

Airport World reviews some of the latest new artwork to be showcased at airports across the globe. Flying visit In a new first for the industry, VINCI Airports recently celebrated International Women’s Day by simultaneously hosting the first-ever global NFT exhibition showcasing the work of 22 female artists across 20 of its airports in Costa […]

Lifting of restrictions having ‘positive’ impact on air travel

ACI World today published its quarterly assessment analysing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on airports, and it shows that aviation’s rebound from the pandemic is beginning to gather momentum. Indeed, ACI World, reveals that the lifting of many health measures and the relaxation of travel restrictions in many European countries and in the Americas […]

CAA tells Heathrow to reduce passenger fees

London’s Heathrow Airport has reacted with dismay to the Civil Aviation Authority’s demand to reduce its passenger charges every year until 2026. The airport, which actually wanted to raise its fees, has been told by the regulator that the move reflects the recent rebound in passenger volumes, and would still allow it to invest in […]

Embracing the great outdoors

HOK’s Matt Needham and William Jenkinson discuss trends in designing outdoor spaces for US airport terminals. Travel is once again ramping up. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism GDP is projected to rise by 31.7% in 2022. Similarly, the US Travel Association notes that 82% of American travellers are “excited […]

ATAG urges Asia-Pacific governments to support UN climate goal

Asia-Pacific governments heard from aviation industry representatives today about the importance of coming to an agreement at the United Nations level on a long-term climate goal for the aviation sector. They included the Air Transport Action Group’s executive director, Haldane Dodd, who urged governments in Asia-Pacific to work together with colleagues from around the world […]

Debt growing for Europe’s airports despite summer traffic boom

Opening ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress and General Assembly in front of 300 delegates in Rome, director general, Olivier Jankovec, described an industry with a clear vision for its future societal and economic role – but fighting for the financial stability to get there. Continued and systemic financial weakness He noted that Europe’s airports are still […]

Europe’s recovery from pandemic uneven and difficult – new connectivity report

On the eve of its 32nd Annual Congress and General Assembly, ACI EUROPE today published its Airport Industry Connectivity Report for 2022, which reveals that the recovery of European air connectivity from the COVID-19 pandemic is uneven and still difficult. According to ACI EUROPE, this reflects the combination of yet not fully lifted travel restrictions, […]

Aerotropolis 4.0

Dr John Kasarda presents a new Aerotropolis model that integrates 4.0 economy sectors with smart technologies and sustainable development practices to create and capture value for airports and the regions they serve. The planning and development of aerotropolises worldwide is changing. This change reflects a pivotal role that governments and the private sector envision them […]

Heinemann awarded Düsseldorf duty free and travel retail concession

Gebr Heinemann has won the concession to operate the the duty free and travel retail shops at Düsseldorf Airport from January 2023. The licence is for four shops across all three terminals A, B and C, with a total of around 4,000 square metres of shopping area. The product range will include liquor, tobacco, confectionery, […]

London Luton ready for busy summer after traffic upturn

London Luton Airport welcomed 1.2 million passengers in May, with a further 200,000 travelling across the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee between June 2-5. Despite the significant increase in passengers, the airport’s operations teams managed to provide a smooth travel experience for customers, with security wait times averaging ten minutes or less and almost 99% of flights […]

Erbil Airport expansion for dnata

Global air and travel services provider, dnata, has significantly expanded its operations at Erbil International Airport (EBL) in Iraq with the opening of a new, advanced cool chain facility and a bus maintenance facility. The new additions represent a total investment of $3.5 million for dnata, and it hasn’t finished there as the company has also unveiled […]

New LEGO store opens in JFK’s Terminal 4

JFKIAT, the operator of Terminal 4 at New York JFK, has partnered with DFS Group to unveil a life-sized LEGO model at the LEGO Airport Store at T4. Located in the centre of T4’s Retail Lounge, the new six-foot model of a commercial pilot is one of only two in the world, with the other […]

S&P predicts better summer for Europe’s airlines, but market still fragile

The European aviation industry is heading for a strong summer, with air traffic now expected to reach 60%-70% of 2019 levels in 2022, according to the latest estimates from S&P Global Ratings. The estimate is up from previous S&P forecasts of 50%-65%. According to a new report, airlines are benefitting from significant pent-up demand for […]

Zurich Airport picks international design team’s proposals for new Dock A project

Zurich Airport has selected the design proposals of HOK, in collaboration with BIG and several other firms, for its planned new Dock A and adjacent buildings. Selected from 10 global competition entries, the winning proposal for the largest dock of Zurich Airport is comprised predominantly of solid regional wood. It is hoped that the new […]

Helsinki Airport to centralise key operations in a single terminal

From next Tuesday, Finavia will centralise the check-in, security controls and baggage claim activities in a single terminal at Helsinki Airport. “We are turning over a new leaf in the history of Helsinki Airport, as departing and returning passengers will henceforth be served in our new, magnificent terminal,” enthuses airport director, Ulla Lettijeff. “Passengers will […]

TSA to trial new AI-driven accessible screening solution

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected transport security technologists Pangiam to demonstrate its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven accessible screening solution that is said to have the potential to transform aviation security worldwide. Project DARTMOUTH, the collaboration between Pangiam and Google Cloud, utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and pattern analysis technologies to digest and analyse vast amounts […]

Bechtel to support Tata Projects on construction of Delhi-Noida

Bechtel Engineering and Construction India Private Limited has signed a contract to support Tata Projects in its delivery of Delhi’s new Noida International Airport. Tata Projects’ work includes constructing the terminal, runways and airside infrastructure roads, utilities, landside facilities and other ancillary buildings for an opening capacity of 12 million passengers annually by 2024. Tata […]

Heathrow lauds ‘strong performance’ over Platinum Jubilee holiday in UK

A total of 5.3 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in May, around 79% of 2019 levels, which the UK hub claims is in line with its revised forecast. It notes that despite the bad publicity about long queues and flight cancellations at airports across the globe due to the lack of staff, ‘close coordination and […]

London City on track to welcome three million passengers this year

Following two years of passenger numbers below the one million-mark, London City Airport (LCY) today announced that it has surpassed that milestone and are confident of finishing the year close to three million. This follows a very successful May where the airport welcomed 290,000 travellers, representing 65% of 2019 numbers for the same period. LCY […]

ACI World launches study on the integration of SAF at airports

ACI World and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) have launched a first-of-its-kind study on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) to support the decarbonisation of the industry and contribute to building a viable future for aviation and communities worldwide. The Integration of Sustainable Aviation Fuels into the Air Transport System publication provides an overview of the infrastructure […]

New monthly record shows Sweden’s passenger traffic getting back on track

More than 2.6 million passengers passed through Sweden’s airports in May – the highest monthly total since the start of the pandemic. Airport operator, Swedavia, notes that the strong growth was driven mainly by an increase in international travel, especially at Stockholm Arlanda, “where air travel has increased sharply within a short period of time”. […]

Job Fair aims to help fill 5,000 vacancies at Sydney Airport

There’s a jobs bonanza at Sydney Airport with more than 5,000 vacancies across 800 organisations, with operations continuing to scale up ahead of the July school holiday peak. Retailers, government agencies, and terminal service providers are in the market for an estimated 3,800 roles, with major employers including Certis, dnata, Menzies and Swissport looking to […]

Robots join the workforce at Bengaluru-Kempegowda

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has introduced a new first for India, AI-driven, assistance robots designed enhance passenger experience. Currently at the trial stage, 10 robots have been deployed to help guide passengers through the airport and answer basic queries. It notes that the robot count will be increased in a “calibrated manner” and will be […]

New ATC technology aims to reduce delays at Toronto Pearson

NAV CANADA has become the first air navigation service provider (ANSP) in North America to deploy the time-based separation tool, Intelligent Approach. Deployed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, this new technology adds additional tactical capacity across the airport’s five runways and will help reduce delays, fuel burn and CO2 emissions, particularly in high wind conditions. […]

First step for San Antonio’s new terminal approved by City Council

San Antonio International Airport’s new Terminal C is a step closer to reality following the news that Corgan has been approved to provide planning services for the Terminal Development Program and its enabling projects. The international architecture and design firm’s services will lay the groundwork for Terminal C at the Texas gateway. Corgan and its […]

Ferrovial to acquire stake in JFK New Terminal One consortium

Ferrovial Airports has agreed to acquire a stake in New Terminal One, the consortium appointed to design, build and operate the new $9.5 billion Terminal One at New York–JFK. Under the deal, Ferrovial is acquiring 96% of The Carlyle Global Infrastructure Fund’s 51% stake in New Terminal One. The completion of the transaction is subject […]

BLOG: New avenues for investing in the aviation sector

Aviation as an industry has suffered more than most because of the pandemic, writes Alpha Aviation’s founder and executive director, Bhanu Choudhrie. Indeed, airlines around the world have lost more than $200 billion, with the effects of travel bans and border closures eradicating nine years’ worth of profits. Any potential recovery has been hit further […]

Final hurdle passed for opening of Hong Kong’s new third runway

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) today announced that the Civil Aviation Department has renewed its aerodrome licence, which for the first time includes its new third runway and associated taxiways. Operator, Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AAHK), plans to commence operations on the new runway later this year as scheduled. Meanwhile, the amendments to the […]

DHL breaks ground on new Brisbane Airport complex

The ground-breaking ceremony for DHL’s new 4,880 square metre facility at Brisbane Airport took place earlier today. DHL Global Forwarding is investing A$17 million over ten years on the new complex, which will house the largest international cold chain services in Brisbane to meet the fast-growing demand for perishables. The new facility will also support […]

Non-aeronautical revenues: Diversify and grow

ACI World’s vice president of economics, Patrick Lucas, considers the importance of non-aeronautical revenue to airports and how diversifying activities can boost the bottom line. From a bare-bones perspective, aeronautical and non-aeronautical activity provide airports with their two main sources of revenue, with the latter significantly growing in importance over the past few decades as […]

Governments urged to match aviation industry’s climate goal ambitions

Aviation industry executives met with government representatives in Montréal yesterday to detail industry aspirations for a long-term climate goal to be agreed for the sector at United Nations meetings later this year. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will debate the potential for a goal to decarbonise the air transport sector, with industry supporting a […]

ACI Africa Regional Conference & Exhibition: Good to be back

The association’s 30th anniversary, recovering from COVID and smart technology were among the topics covered at ACI Africa’s Regional Conference and Exhibition in Kenya, writes strategy and business development director, Romesh Bhoyroo. The chance to meet face-to-face again at an ACI Africa event led to a healthy 300 delegates attending the ACI Africa Regional Conference […]

Gatwick to step up consultation on its Northern Runway plans

Gatwick is to start a focused statutory public consultation on its plans to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway. The consultation will focus on the airport’s updated highway design, which has changed in response to feedback received during the Autumn 2021 consultation. It will start on Tuesday, June […]

‘Green shoots of recovery’ for Asia-Pacific and Middle East – new report

Asia-Pacific and the Middle East aviation industry is experiencing green shoots of recovery, according to the first edition of the Airport Industry Outlook, a quarterly report by Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (ACI APAC). The report, developed in partnership with Mott MacDonald — a global engineering, management and development consultancy— provides a snapshot of how airports […]

BLOG: Using airport charges as levers for growth, efficiency and sustainability

Airport charges, a much-debated topic between airport and airline industry bodies, have again come to the forefront as the industry rebuilds from the upheaval of the last few years. ACI World strongly advocates for the shift from heavy-handed regulation, arguing that cost-based pricing should be supplemented by responding to market signals and the competitive landscape. […]

Istanbul Grand Airport: Ahead of the curve

The opening of the world’s first airport lounge for young travellers and a new innovation programme ensure that 2022 has got off to a good start for Istanbul Airport, writes Joe Bates. Istanbul Airport has been grabbing the headlines since its much-heralded opening in April 2019, and it continues to shine, leading Europe’s traffic recovery […]

‘Lost baggage’ rates spike as passengers begins to return

The global mishandled baggage rate spiked by 24% to 4.35 bags per thousand passengers in 2021 as the industry began its recovery from the pandemic, according to the SITA Baggage IT Insights 2022, released today. The report shows passenger traffic has evolved since 2020, with most of the 2021 recovery being driven by domestic travel, […]

LAX preparing for busiest weekend since early 2020

With over 200,000 passengers per day expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the gateway is urging travellers to plan ahead for parking and pick-up well in advance this year. “With passenger traffic reaching the highest levels since early 2020, guests who are travelling through LAX during […]

Fraport AG expecting 2022 net profit of between €50 million and €150 million

Fraport AG CEO, Dr Stefan Schulte, delivered a largely positive message to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. Schulte said: “The year 2021 has shown that we have bottomed out and are now climbing back up step-by-step in terms of traffic volumes. “At Frankfurt, we are getting ready for a busy summer. […]

New communications solutions for Vietnamese regional airports

Rohde & Schwarz and its local partner have been contracted by the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) to equip nine regional towers across the country with new communication systems. It will provide the airports with its R&S Series5200 air traffic control (ATC) radio and CERTIUM VCS-4G, the company’s IP based voice communications system. “Rohde […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Non-aeronautical revenues Airport profile: Istanbul Grand Airport World exclusive: Aerotropolis 4.0 Plus: ACI Africa’s Regional Conference The numbers game Airport World editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the latest traffic trends and the ‘non-aeronautical revenues’ theme of this issue. It almost seems wrong to be talking about the growing momentum of […]

Perth Airport steps up its efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030

As part of its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, Perth Airport has partnered with Carbon Neutral to offset its bus fleets as well as offering motorists the opportunity to offset their trip to and from the airport when booking parking online. Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said that Perth Airport has committed to […]

Singapore Changi’s Terminal 2 set to re-open to traffic on Sunday

Changi Airport Group today announced that operations in Terminal 2 will resume on 29 May 2022, the first phase of the terminal’s re-opening as the gateway prepares to meet the expected increase in passenger traffic in the months ahead. Closed for an upgrade since May 2020, T2’s phased re-opening will augment Changi’s capacity. When completed […]

Rising volumes show value of cargo to LAX

Cargo operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in March set a new all-time record for trade by value moved in a single month, with a total of $13.75 billion in global imports and exports. International trade at LAX in March 2022 increased 22.33% from the same month one year ago, and increased nearly 16% […]

ACI EUROPE makes upward passenger traffic revision for 2022

Air travel in Europe is beginning to show signs of recovery, with ACI EUROPE today revising its forecast for 2022 to an expected -22% decline on pre-pandemic levels. It had previously predicted a -32% decline for 2022, but notes that its upward forecast comes with hefty warnings, with a full recovery to pre-pandemic volumes not […]

Stockholm Arlanda to re-open Terminal 4 this summer

Stockholm Arlanda is to re-open Terminal 4 on June 15 to better equip it to cope with rising passenger numbers over what is expected to be a busy summer. Meanwhile, operator Swedavia, has announced that “major recruitment efforts are under way” in a bid to ease congestion at the airport principally caused by the lack […]

Latest economics data shows need for greater flexibility on airport charges

ACI World today launched its Airport Economics Report and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the financial year of 2020, providing the first in-depth global breakdown of airports’ financial activities during the first year of the pandemic. The annual ACI Airport Economics Report presents an in-depth global analysis of airport industry revenues by source, costs, and […]

Shannon Airport unveils new Ryanair maintenance facility

Ryanair today opened its first aircraft heavy maintenance facility in Ireland at Shannon Airport, delivering an investment of €10 million and creating 200 high-skill jobs in the locality, including licensed engineers, mechanics, and support staff. The airline will invest €10 million in this state-of-the-art 5,200sqm facility, leased from Shannon Group, which will support the maintenance […]

Timescale set to restart work on Singapore Changi’s Terminal 5

Singapore’s Transport Minister, S Iswaran, has announced that the construction of Singapore Changi’s planned Terminal 5 is set to resume in two or three years’ time, ensuring that it is operational by the mid-2030s. Work on the project was halted in May 2020 when the global COVID-19 pandemic began to bite in Singapore, and passenger […]

TAV Airports awarded ‘Great Place to Work’ certificate

TAV Airports has announced that it has been recognised as a ‘great place to work’ by the Great Place to Work Turkey Institute. The news comes as many airports struggle to attract new staff to replace those that they were forced to let go, or who quit or retired during the darkest days of the […]

Dalton Philips to step down as CEO of Irish airport operator, daa

Irish airport operator, daa, has announced that its CEO, Dalton Philips, plans to step down from his current role in September 2022. He will continue to lead daa as CEO through the anticipated busy summer season at Dublin and Cork airports before joining Greencore Group plc in the autumn. With businesses in 15 countries around […]

MIA scoops four national awards for government innovation

Four projects that improved passenger and cargo operations at Miami International Airport were recognised with 2022 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honour innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories, such as Children and Youth, Criminal Justice and Public […]

ONT once again betters pre-pandemic passenger levels in April

The number of passengers passing through Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) last month was nearly 7% above the April 2019 total, beating pre-pandemic levels for the second straight month, officials announced today. A total of 476,000 passengers used the gateway last month, 6.92% more than April three years ago. The number of domestic travellers […]

Perth Airport unveils new self-service technology

Perth Airport says that returning passengers will notice ‘some changes’ in its International terminal that it believes will further enhance the passenger experience. “To streamline passenger check-in, an exciting new addition is the conversion of 16 check-in counters at T1 International into automated bag drops and 36 new self-check-in kiosks in what was the queuing […]

Frankfurt Airport enjoys strong traffic recovery in April

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed four million passengers in April 2022 – 303% more than it did during the same month a year ago. As a result, Germany’s largest aviation hub recorded its strongest traffic month since the beginning of the pandemic – with April 2022 passenger numbers even exceeding the monthly levels achieved during last year’s […]

United signs agreement to purchase SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol

United Airlines has become the first US carrier to make an international purchase agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) after signing a deal with Neste for supplies at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The deal provides United with the right to buy up to 160,000 tonnes (52.5 million gallons) of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ over the […]

Malmö Airport ready to celebrate 50th anniversary

Swedavia has begun the build up to Malmö Airport’s 50th anniversary later this year by highlighting how its development over the years has benefitted the southern Swedish province of Scania and the Öresund region. “After more than two years of pandemic, naturally it feels really great to have the opportunity to highlight Malmö Airport’s role […]

ACI World invites submissions for Technology Innovation Awards

ACI World and Amadeus are inviting submissions for their 2022 Technology Innovation Awards, which are designed to celebrate the important role technology will play in helping shape the evolution of airports and the passenger experience. ACI airport members are encouraged to submit their candidacy to the Amadeus and ACI World Technology Innovation Awards, which will […]

Huge Q1 traffic increase at Qatar’s gateway to the world

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport is today reporting that it enjoyed a 162% increase in passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period a year ago. A total of 7.14 million passengers passed through the gateway in the first quarter of 2022, starting off with 2.1 million in January and February […]

Saudi Arabia unveils plans to reduce hassle of international travel

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced a Harmonising Air Travel policy, which it says will make international travel to the Kingdom “simpler, easier and more enjoyable by removing the confusion over travel requirements currently discouraging millions of people from booking flights”. Designed in co-operation with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation […]

European airports demonstrate green credentials

Europe’s airports continue to target sustainable growth, with 12 gateways today being recognised for achieving either Level 4 or Level 4+ status in ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airports comprise Basel-Mulhouse Airport in France/Switzerland; Lisbon, Porto, Madeira, Faro, Flores, Porto Santo, Horta, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada airports in Portugal; and Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg […]

Vegetable oil powers vehicles at Edinburgh Airport

Vehicles operating at Edinburgh Airport are now being powered by vegetable oil as the airport continues to look at ways of reducing its emissions. Thirty-four vehicles have made the change from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) which is a renewable diesel alternative that eliminates up to 90% of net carbon dioxide emissions whilst also […]

Sweden’s airports enjoy busiest month since February 2020

The recovery in air travel across Sweden accelerated in April, with more than 2.2 million passengers passing through the country’s airports – the highest monthly total since February 2020. According to airport operator, Swedavia, strong demand, the launch of new operations by airlines and investments in new routes in time for summer are driving the […]

New sculpture honours Toronto’s indigenous people

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has unveiled a large-scale granite and bronze sculpture to recognise the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It is said to pay tribute to their relationship to the land, air and water on which the airport now operates. The sculpture was created by David General, […]

SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 wins another design award

San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has been honoured by the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF), winning its People’s Choice Award for projects over $10 million. “Harvey Milk Terminal 1 set a new benchmark for the airport experience at SFO,” enthuses airport director, Ivar Satero. “This facility embodies the very best […]

Salt Lake City selects new retail and F&B offerings

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has unveiled a varied menu of new restaurants and retail shops for the next phase 2 its ongoing development programme. The selections for Phase 2 of the New SLC Redevelopment Program are said to provide a snapshot into the area’s local flavour as well as a taste of well-known […]

CATSA apologises for delays at Canadian airports

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has apologised for the inconvenience to air travellers resulting from the recent increase in wait times at some major airports. In a direct message to passengers, CATSA CEO, Mike Saunders, assured the travelling public that the federal Crown corporation is aggressively working to address the situation. Saunders said: […]

Riyadh’s traffic and commercial revenue back to pre-COVID levels

King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has announced that its passenger traffic has rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels and that its commercial revenues in March 2022 topped those recorded in March 2019. Specifically, duty-free sales at the KKIA climbed substantially in March 2022, with a growth rate of 62% compared to March 2019 (and […]

Edmonton’s Tom Ruth to step down at the end of the year

Tom Ruth, the enthusiastic and forward thinking president and CEO of Edmonton International Airport (EIA), has announced that will leave his position at the end of 2022 after more than nine years in the hot seat. The Canadian gateway’s Board of Directors described him as a visionary leader that had inspired major changes, growth and […]

Expansion of Concourse A begins at Gerald R Ford International Airport

Gerald R Ford International Airport yesterday raised a ceremonial beam to celebrate its $110 million expansion of Concourse A to accommodate passenger growth. As air travel in West Michigan nears pre-pandemic levels, Ford International Airport gathered federal, state and regional business and community leaders to commemorate the project, which will create 125 new construction jobs and […]

PEOPLE matters

What did you do during the pandemic? Terri Morrisey and Dr Richard Plenty reflect on how the way airports acted during COVID might affect their recovery. Airports are coming back to life. Travel restrictions are easing, and more people are prepared to travel than in the last two years. How are airports dealing with this […]

Heinemann announces ‘solid turnover’ in 2021 and new mission statement

Travel retail operator, Gebr. Heinemann, enjoyed an upturn in revenues in 2021 despite ongoing travel restrictions in the wake of the global pandemic. In spite of the restrictions, especially in the first half of the year, and the continued absence of Asian travellers, the Hamburg-based operator says that it “achieved solid turnover and focused on […]

The digital apron

Apron operations and efficiency across the entire airport can be improved by the integration of information and technology, writes Jodi Richards. Arguably, the current volatility of trafffic levels has made the need for flexibility, close collaboration and constant communication all the more critical for airports as they strive to best meet demand. It certainly provides […]

Open for business

The latest news from ACI’s World Business Partners. Ensuring the better use and cleaning of airport restrooms While airports have always had to maintain high hygiene standards, the pandemic has forced a renewed focus on how high-touch, high-traffic areas are used, cleaned, and sanitised writes Veovo’s Christian Carstens. Previously, for example, it was enough to […]

Cargo records tumble at Bengaluru Kempegowda

Despite challenging circumstances due to multiple waves of COVID, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) recorded its highest-ever cargo volumes in its last financial year (FY2022). The gateway reports that it handled an all-time high tonnage of 411,513 tonnes of cargo, recording a growth of 26% as against 326,643M processed in FY2021. International cargo recorded a […]

Keeping Sicily connected

Natale Chieppa, managing director of Palermo-Falcone Borsellino Airport operator, Gesap, reflects on the vital role his gateway plays in the growth and development of Sicily. How important is your airport to the city and region you serve in terms of connectivity, jobs and its economic and social impact? All regional airports are important, but arguably […]

Traffic and income rises ensure better Q1 for Swedish airport operator

Air travel continued its recovery in Sweden during the first quarter of 2022, with four times as many passengers passing through the country’s airports than the same period a year ago. A total four million passengers used the country’s gateways in Q1, the upturn in traffic providing a much needed financial boost for airport operator, […]

World’s first operational hub for eVTOL aircraft opens in UK

Flying taxis are a step closer to reality today following the opening of the world’s first fully operational demonstration hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles such as air taxis and autonomous cargo drones. Air-One, as it has been named by creator, Urban-Air Port, is located in the heart of Coventry in the […]

ACI World honours airports for customer experience excellence

ACI World has today announced the 2021 inductees into the ACI Director General’s Roll of Excellence, recognising airports that have consistently delivered exceptional customer experience in the opinion of travellers. The honour is conferred to airports that have won multiple awards over a five-year period in the last 10 years as part of the Airport […]

Cluj International Airport: On the right track

David Ciceo, managing director of Cluj International Airport, tells us more about how Romania’s second busiest airport has fared over the last two years and why he has high hopes for the future. How important is your airport to the city and region you serve in terms of connectivity, jobs and its economic and social […]

The future is now

Airport World takes a closer look at the opening of new facilities in Santiago, New York, Memphis, Geneva and Atlanta and get a glimpse of what’s to come with JFK’s Terminal One. Uniquely Chilean surprise and delight Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) opened its new Terminal 2 in January, 2022, the state-of-the-art complex […]

Ireland’s regional powerhouse

After using the traffic downturn to rebuild its main runway, Cork Airport’s managing director, Niall MacCarthy, feels that the Irish gateway is in a good position to bounce back better. How important is your airport to the city and region you serve in terms of connectivity, jobs and its economic and social impact? Prior to […]

US airports ready to meet Net-Zero 2050 Climate Challenge

The Federal Aviation Administration and US airports have launched an Airport Climate Challenge to help achieve the Biden-Harris Administration goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Airports can take advantage of several FAA funding programmes to meet this goal, including grants for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, renewable energy production, energy assessments and other efforts. The challenge […]

Spirit of recovery

The Design Solution’s Robbie Gill considers some of the challenges facing Europe’s regional airports when it comes to enhancing their retail/F&B offerings. Despite the unprecedented and continuing pressures imposed on non-aviation revenues by the COVID crisis, a number of Europe’s regional airports are developing a stronger position to drive their revenue recovery path, particularly among […]

Passenger traffic at ONT in March exceeds pre-COVID levels

Ontario International Airport (ONT) had eagerly awaited a month in which passenger volumes would be higher than the same month before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the wait is over as the gateway welcomed 454,000 travellers last month, 4% more than in March 2019. “Ontario is setting the pace of recovery among […]

BWI welcomes launch of new low-fare service to Iceland

Maryland officials last night welcomed PLAY Airlines and the start of its new international service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Reykjavik, Iceland. The airline will operate daily non-stop services between BWI and Iceland, with convenient connections to more than 20 cities across Europe. The US airport notes that it is the first North […]

ACI World issues new guidance on ESG reporting

ACI World today released a first of its kind guidance, the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Management Best Practice, to help airports define and strengthen their ESG reporting framework to position themselves for future growth. According to ACI World, as airports continue to recover, they are faced with the pre-pandemic challenge of investing in infrastructure […]

Christchurch Airport announces ‘climate positive’ status

Christchurch Airport’s ongoing sustainability achievements have recorded a new milestone – the airport has achieved being beyond carbon neutral, to become climate positive. Its general manager for planning and sustainability, Nick Flack, believes that the move makes his gateway a global leader in the transition of airports and aviation to a lower carbon future. “Achieving […]

Improving US airports with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Last November, President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law, roughly doubling the current infrastructure funding levels to give US airports an unprecedented opportunity to make significant facility reinvestments for the future. With the appropriation of $25 billion of aviation infrastructure funds to be distributed over the next five years, $5 billion […]

New Pier C opens at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport

The upgrade of Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport continued this week with the opening of the Serbian gateway’s new Pier C. The new 13,600sqm addition to the airport provides an extra 13 boarding gates, meaning that Terminal C is now equipped with 19 gates. According to operator, VINCI Airports, the new facilities are in line with […]

Asia-Pacific’s recovery from COVID: Over the worst

ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Stefano Baronci, provides an update on how airports in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific are faring in their recovery from COVID. What is the prognosis for the recovery of international traffic across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions in 2022? We expect Asia-Pacific and the Middle East to recover at rates […]

Passenger numbers rising across Aena’s Spanish airport network

Spanish airport operator, Aena, reports that its recovery from the global pandemic gathered pace in March, with passenger numbers across its network now back to 78% of 2019 levels. Aena welcomed 15.5 million passengers (+387%), 152,770 air traffic movements (+86%) and 92,300 tonnes of cargo (+8.8%) in March 2022 compared to the same month a […]

New research expects ‘strong summer’ for intra-European travel

Despite the uncertainty caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the desire across Europe for intra-European travel is undoubtedly strong, according to the latest research by the European Travel Commission (ETC). Indeed, it claims that three in four Europeans intend to take a trip in the next six months, […]

New work of art unveiled at Tulsa International Airport

Local artist, Carmen Taylor, has finished a vibrant new mural at Tulsa International Airport called ‘IMAGINE’. Located outside the Departures roadway across from the American and Delta ticket counters, the mural features three children seated on the backs of scissor-tailed flycatchers soaring through the air in front of the word ‘IMAGINE’. The kids are engaged […]

New aero-medical base set to open at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is planning to deliver a A$72 million Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base that will connect more Queenslanders to major hospitals and life-saving medical care. The 14,470sqm multi-tenanted facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways at the Airport North Precinct and will accommodate the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), LifeFlight, and Queensland […]

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta regains status as world’s busiest airport

ACI World today confirmed what many had long suspected, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) regained its status as the world’s busiest airport in 2021 by handing 75.7 million passengers – 76% more than in the previous 12 months. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) was the world’s second busiest gateway in 2021, handling 62.4 million passengers (+58%), followed by Denver […]

Hamad International Airport: Out to impress

Hamad International Airport’s chief operating officer, Badr Mohammed Al Meer, talks to Joe Bates about traffic trends, IT innovation and expansion plans for 2022 and beyond. The opening of Hamad International Airport (DOH) in April 2014 signalled the start of a new era for Doha and Qatar and the gateway certainly hasn’t disappointed, racking up […]

Santo Domingo’s Las Américas International Airport unveils new-look central atrium

The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, together with the CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, have inaugurated the new central atrium of the Las Américas International in Santo Domingo. The €14 million upgrade is part of VINCI Airports’ “modernisation and optimisation plan” for the gateway to improve the […]

Taoyuan International Airport: Building for the future

President and CEO, Jerry Dann, tells Joe Bates more about the ambitions and future development plans of Taoyuan International Airport. Can you tell us more about your planned new Terminal 3 and how big a milestone is it for the airport? It is a huge milestone for Taoyuan International Airport [TPE] as it will boost […]

Plans unveiled for new 14-gate concourse at Washington Dulles

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is proposing a new concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport to replace outdoor boarding areas currently used by regional flights, upgrade aircraft service facilities and bring new conveniences and amenities to passengers. The proposed Tier-2 Concourse (East) would be a modern 14-gate facility with convenient access to the airport’s […]

Bengaluru Kempegowda and Amazon to set up Joint Innovation Centre

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport today revealed that it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) that it hopes will drive the development and adoption of digital solutions in aviation. According to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the JIC will also enable start-ups to accelerate innovation in aviation, smart […]

Traffic across Europe’s airport network on the rise in February

ACI EUROPE today released its air traffic report for February 2022, which shows that previously stalled passenger numbers due to the COVID-19 Omicron wave resumed an upward trajectory during the month. Accordingly, compared to pre-pandemic (2019) levels, passenger volumes across the European airport network stood at -39% during the month, up from -45.7% in January. […]

Expanding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Meticulous planning keeps the US’s busiest airport on track during often complex infrastructure development projects, writes Skanska’s Matt Frey. Considering that it accommodates one of the largest passenger volumes of any airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has a relatively petite footprint with little surrounding area to expand. This means that when […]

London Stansted expecting busy Easter weekend

An estimated 1.3 million passengers will travel through London Stansted over the Easter holidays, making it the busiest period for travel for the UK gateway since before the pandemic began. With many people not having travelled in the last two years, the airport is encouraging passengers to arrive in good time for their flights and […]

Atkins to work on expansion projects at Cork and Dublin airports

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by daa as the multi-disciplinary consultant for the delivery of a services framework for its buildings at Dublin and Cork airports. The appointment will see Atkins work along with daa’s in-house design team on a major programme of work over the next five […]

Serkan Kaptan to become new CEO of TAV Airports

Serkan Kaptan is to replace the long serving Sani Şener as the CEO of global airport operator, TAV Airports, on May 1. Şener, one of the founding partners of the company back in 1997, is stepping down from the position to take up the role of deputy chairman of the board. Kaptan has served as […]

Fraport to sell stake in China’s Xi’an Xianyang International Airport

Global airport operator, Fraport AG, has announced its intention to sell its 24.5% stake in China’s Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. Fraport, which earlier this month announced plans to divest itself of its shares in St Petersburg’s Polkovo Airport following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, has agreed to sell its shares in Xi’an Xianyang to Chang’an […]

San Diego welcomes launch of non-stop flights to Munich

San Diego International Airport is celebrating the launch of non-stop Lufthansa services to Munich, which will initially be served by three weekly A350-900 flights to Germany. “We are happy to welcome Lufthansa back to San Diego and celebrate the first flight to Munich,” enthused Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s president and CEO. […]

London Luton opens humanitarian hub for Ukrainian refugees

A humanitarian hub has been set up at London Luton Airport to provide practical support for air passengers arriving from war-torn Ukraine. Organised by Bedfordshire’s Local Resilience Forum which brings together partners such as local authorities, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, emergency services, the charity and voluntary sector and the airport, the hub operates by providing […]

Milestone for sustainability as more than 200 airports become carbon accredited

At the 2022 ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition (RACE) taking place in Palermo, the European airport industry marked a key milestone of more than 200 airports engaged in climate action within Airport Carbon Accreditation. At the latest count, 204 European airports were engaged in climate action at one of the 6 available certification […]

Challenging times

ACI EUROPE’s director general, Olivier Jankovec, reflects on some of the key challenges faced by the industry and Europe’s regional airports as aviation recovers from the global pandemic. As a reader of Airport World, you will be no stranger to the magnitude of the challenge facing Europe’s airports as they seek to restart and build […]

Jeddah airport contract expands daa international’s presence in Saudi Arabia

Following what it described as a highly competitive tender process, daa International has been awarded a five-year management contract for King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Working in partnership with JEDCO, daa International will manage and advise on operations and non-aeronautical revenue and facilities management at KAIA. The international subsidiary of Irish […]

Upfront payment of €1.8 billion confirms Antalya Airport concession extension

Fraport TAV Antalya today confirmed the extension of its contract to operate and develop Antalya Airport in Turkey until 2052 by paying 25% of the €7.25 billion concession fee. A ceremony held in Istanbul to mark the occasion was attended by the Turkish Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu, general manager of the State […]

Global pandemic costs UK airports £10 billion in lost revenue

UK airports have lost £10 billion in revenue since the first lockdown in March 2020 and have taken on more than £4 billion in debt, according to new analysis by the Airport Operators Association (AOA). Its new report, Reconnecting the UK: recovering aviation connectivity, shows that 2021 was worse than 2020, with airports seeing the lowest […]

Study to evaluate potential benefits of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in India

Global airport operators Groupe ADP and GMR Airports today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus, Axens and Safranto to conduct a joint study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and their potential in India. The objective of the study, conducted under the lead and co-ordination of Groupe ADP and GMR Airports, is to understand […]

Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport unveils terminal expansion

The first phase of the Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion project in Oklahoma City is complete. Led by HOK and Oklahoma City-based FSB, the expansion is designed to put the “world” back in Will Rogers World Airport, adding a new east concourse with four new gates (along with the flexibility to open six more […]