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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 […]

Atif Elkadi named as new CEO of Ontario International Airport

The Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to appoint Atif Elkadi as chief executive officer of Southern California’s Ontario International Airport, effective from March 31, 2022. Elkadi joined Ontario International Airport (ONT) in 2017 and has served as deputy chief executive officer for the past three years. His extensive background in airport operations, management and communications includes […]

View from the top

ACI World director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, celebrates the announcement of the 2021 ASQ Award winners and recipients of the Voice of the Customer recognition. As is customary every March, I am pleased to report – for my second year – that ACI has announced the winners of the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards, […]

Cork Airport revamps website to enhance customer service offering

Cork Airport has introduced significant upgrades to the corkairport.com website, including a 24/7 webchat facility along with flight information details for departing and arriving passengers via WhatsApp. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cork Airport recorded an increased number of queries from departing and arriving passengers, particularly around government travel advice, international travel restrictions […]


VIEW THE ISSUE HERE Theme: Europe’s regional airports Airport reports: Hamad & Taoyuan Interviewed: ACI Asia-Pacific’s Stefano Baronci Plus: Airport design; WBP news & People matters Little and large Airport World editor, Joe Bates, reflects on the key role regional airports play for their local communites and regions. By the time you read this, the […]

Hamburg becomes Germany’s first carbon neutral airport

Hamburg Airport has become the first major commercial airport in Germany to achieve CO2-neutral operations according to Airport Carbon Accreditation guidelines. Airport CEO, Michael Eggenschwiler, said that numerous internal measures and woodland projects made the achievement possible. And he stressed that Hamburg Airport is continuously optimising its technical building infrastructure to reduce the gateway’s impact […]

Istanbul Airport opens ‘Youth Lounge’ for younger passengers

Istanbul Airport may just have achieved another first by opening what it believes is the world’s first airport ‘Youth Lounge’ for passengers in the 15-30 year age group. It promises that the new facility – located in the international departures level – will offer “an exclusive, relaxing, and enjoyable travel experience to young people” as […]

Driverless shuttles being trialled at Birmingham Airport

A driverless shuttle, owned by Solihull Council and designed and built in Coventry, made its debut in the grounds of a UK airport for the first time this week. Aurrigo, which employs over 70 people at its Advanced Engineering Centre, will deploy its 10-seater Auto-Shuttle alongside live traffic on the roads of Birmingham Airport. The […]

New ATC radios for Chinese Taipei airports

The Air Navigation and Weather Services (ANWS) of Chinese Taipei has chosen Rohde & Schwarz to equip the nation’s airports with reliable communications and the highest level of security in case of emergencies. “This contract underscores our commitment to providing uncompromising quality to our customer and partner ANWS,” said Marius Münstermann, Rohde & Schwarz’s vice […]

DXB’s northern runway to be refurbished later this year

Dubai International Airport (DXB) today confirmed plans to close its northern runway for a 45-day period between May 9 and June 22, 2022, to allow for its refurbishment. While regular runway maintenance is scheduled on a weekly basis, it notes that more extensive upgrades such as the one planned require a complete closure of the […]

Ryanair unveils strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050

Ryanair today announced its decarbonisation strategy, Pathway to Net Zero, outlining its plans to become carbon neutral by 2050. It says that its new green strategy is based on four core pillars designed to reduce its carbon emissions and the impact of its operations on the environment. It essence, it wants to achieve: • 34% […]

Samarkand’s new state-of-the-art terminal opens for business

Air Marakanda, operator of the newly-expanded and redeveloped Samarkand International Airport, officially opened the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal today. Passengers onboard flight HY-045/046 from Tashkent were the first to use the new terminal. The public-private partnership responsible for the $80 million project comprises Air Marakanda and state partner Uzbekistan Airports JCS. The construction work was […]

Brisbane Airport commits to Clean Skies for Tomorrow

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has signed the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow 2030 Ambition Statement, building on its commitment to sustainability leadership in aviation. As a signatory, BAC has committed to working with more than 100 other airports, airlines, fuel suppliers and industry stakeholders to put the global aviation sector on the path […]

Turin Airport to trial new AI equipped personal mobility devices

Turin-Caselle Airport (TRN) in Italy has begun trials of a new personal mobility devices for passengers with reduced mobility. Ongoing trials are aimed at testing the SEDIA (SEat Designed for Intelligent Autonomy) wheelchair, an innovative device with autonomous driving and voice commands. It has been developed by start-up Alba Robot as part of Torino City […]

ACI EUROPE launches appeal to help deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees

ACI EUROPE has launched a fundraising campaign to help the relief efforts triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent humanitarian crisis. The Ukraine Crisis Airport Response is a joint initiative between ACI EUROPE and Airlink, the not-for-profit humanitarian logistics organisation and is the first time that the association has partnered with Airlink on […]

Emirates sets date for return of dual hub cargo operations in Dubai

Emirates SkyCargo is to “reactivate” its cargo hub at Dubai World Central (DWC) for dedicated freighter aircraft operations from March 26, 2022. The move to reinstate operation at Emirates SkyCentral DWC will mark a return to dual hub cargo operations in Dubai for the air cargo carrier after a period of nearly two years. In […]

New name for Detroit Metro’s North Terminal from next month

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is to rename its North Terminal in honour of long serving Wayne County executive, Warren Evans. Operator, Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), says that from April 4, 2022, the North Terminal will officially become the Warren Cleage Evans Terminal. The terminal opened in 2008 to offer customers what was […]

Heathrow relaxes the need to wear face masks

Heathrow has announced that it will no longer be compulsory to wear face coverings in any of its terminals, rail stations or office buildings from tomorrow. Hub carrier, British Airways, and fellow UK airline, Virgin Atlantic, welcomed the move, and have indicated that they will be revising their onboard face covering policies as well. The […]

Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 set to celebrate 50th anniversary

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Terminal 1 on Monday, March 14. When it opened, Terminal 1 was one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in Europe and meant that for the first time at the German airport, all key passenger-facing processes, from check-in to boarding, were under one roof. […]

ACI World names best airports on the planet for customer experience

ACI World has today revealed the recipients of this year’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards which celebrate and showcase the world’s best airports as voiced by travellers. The COVID-19 pandemic continued to have a major impact on passenger traffic in 2021 with evolving health measures and a new set of expectations affecting how the airport […]

dnata to provide inflight catering services to easyJet

Global ground services provider, dnata, has been appointed to manage easyJet’s inflight retail services across the airline’s extensive network. The contract marks a significant milestone for dnata’s growing catering and retail business, cementing its position as a leading end-to-end inflight and airport service provider, globally. The partnership will see dnata deliver a tailor-made on-board retail […]

Leeds Bradford Airport shelves plans for new terminal

Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK is withdrawing its planning application for a replacement terminal building following what it calls “excessive delays and the decision to call in plans by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities”. With large investment in the scheme so far, airport bosses say they are not prepared […]

Video game lounge opens in LAX’s Terminal 6

According to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), travellers at LAX may start arriving even earlier now that they can play their favourite video games while waiting for flights. Its bold prediction follows the opening of Gameway, a premium video game lounge, in Terminal 6. Working in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), LAWA is confident that the […]

American Airlines to grow workforce at Miami International Airport

As part of American Airlines’ ongoing commitment to Miami and Miami International Airport (MIA), the airline is adding more than 600 home-based reservations jobs. American currently has 200 new representatives in training, and a goal to hire more than 400 in the next couple of months, bringing the total of home-based reservations agents to nearly […]

VINCI Airports showcases the work of females artists on International Women’s Day

VINCI Airports is celebrating 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 Rica, Dominican Republic, Brazil, France, Japan, Portugal and Serbia. Some of the artworks were first presented at the World Economic Forum, raising more than $250,000 for […]

Investors sought for Vancouver’s new Airport Commerce Centre

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has selected Cushman & Wakefield as its exclusive advisor to secure a partner to invest, complete construction and lease-up of a 300,000-square-foot facility near the airport’s main terminal. The facility was initially designed to create additional capacity in utilities when the airport was experiencing double-digit growth. However, with a view to […]

Stansted continues to enhance retail and F&B offerings

Passengers flying from London Stansted this summer will be able to enjoy a range of new bars, restaurants and retail outlets thanks to a major refurbishment of its departure lounge. More than £12 million is being invested by the airport and its retail partners to improve the customer experience as it prepares for the expected […]

Dublin Airport gearing up for St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Dublin Airport is expecting more than 720,000 passengers to arrive and depart over a ten-day period from Saturday March 12 to Monday March 22 as part of this year’s extended national celebrations for St Patrick’s Day. Passengers will also be arriving for the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations, and Dublin Airport is delighted to proudly support […]

Fraport looking to exit St Petersburg-Pulkovo concession

Global airport operator, Fraport, is looking to offload its interests in Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “There is no justification for the attack on Ukraine by Russian forces. We condemn this war for being an armed attack on a sovereign state and its people – a clear […]

Rome-Fiumicino to open Innovation Hub in first half of 2022

Rome airport operator, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), and PwC Italia have created a partnership for ‘Open Innovation’ services in the Airport sector. According to ADR, the agreement is part of its sustainability and innovation strategy and will lead to the development of an Innovation Hub and new ‘innovative ecosystem’ which it hopes will become a […]

New digital platform to transform aircraft turnarounds at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport believes that it has developed a new handheld digital platform that will transform the efficiency of aircraft turnarounds, reducing delays and unnecessary fuel burn on the ground. Its AirTurn platform allows ground handlers to update air traffic controllers about changes to the turn process – in real time, direct from the apron. This […]

Emirates’ A380 returns to Brisbane Airport after three year gap

Brisbane Airport (BNE) has welcomed Emirates’ A380 back to Queensland’s skies for the first time in nearly three years, with the iconic superjumbo returning to the gateway last night. Emirates’ A380 will resume daily services between BNE and Dubai (DXB), replacing the airline’s other wide-body aircraft that serviced the route throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]

London City Airport holds jobs fair as optimism in COVID recovery grows

London City Airport (LCY) has hosted its first job fair since the start of the global pandemic to showcase the current employment opportunities available across the airport campus. Almost people turned up for the event over last weekend, with around one in 3 of them applying for live vacancies. Other airport partners, such as Swissport, […]

Guinness Bar Experience unveiled at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has a potential new haunt for St Patrick’s Day after celebrating the official opening of a new immersive Guinness Bar Experience in Terminal 1. The new Guinness Bar will offer passengers an immersive experience pre-flight where they can sample a range of beers and ciders including Guinness, Ireland’s favourite stout, and Guinness 0.0, […]

Renewed optimism despite traffic being well below pre-COVID forecasts

The global pandemic removed 5.4 billion passengers from the skies last year compared to the pre-COVID-19 forecast for 2021, according to ACI World. The total represents a loss of 55% of global passenger traffic and was less than half of what it was in 2019, with traffic for 2021 totalling only 4.4 billion (48.3%) of the […]

Brisbane’s new drive to cut waste to benefit children’s charity

In an effort to reduce waste, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is partnering with Containers for Change (COEX) to launch a 12-month trial at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal. As part of the trial, two Donation Stations have been installed in the terminal, allowing passengers to return containers eligible under Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme (CRS) while also […]

LEED v4 Platinum Certification for SFO’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced that its Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has become the first airport terminal in the world to earn ‘Platinum’ certification for using the latest standards from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme developed by the US Green Building Council. This latest version, known as LEED v4, […]

Toronto Pearson to step up efforts to combat human trafficking

Toronto Pearson operator, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), has marked the National Day for Human Trafficking Awareness by announcing a partnership with #NotInMyCity, an anti-human trafficking initiative dedicated to preventing and ending human trafficking. “As Canada’s largest airport, we recognise the critical role we play to bring visibility to the injustices and remove the hidden […]

FAA opens application process for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened the application process for US airports to submit projects for the first $1 billion of the Airport Terminal Program funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It notes that the grant will fund safe, sustainable and accessible airport terminals, on-airport rail access projects and airport-owned airport traffic control […]

Ferrovial seeking New York JFK deal and agrees to buy stake in Dalaman Airport

Ferrovial Airports is about to widen its international portfolio after entering negotiations to secure a stake in the consortium responsible for building the new $9.5 billion Terminal One at New York JFK and agreeing to acquire a major interest in Dalaman Airport in Turkey. It announced today that it has reached an “exclusivity agreement” with […]

International flights return to Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport (MEL) today welcomed back international tourists from around the globe to Victoria for the first time in almost two years. This morning two of Melbourne’s top chefs were among those at MEL’s international terminal to provide a warm welcome to arriving passengers. Frank Camorra of MoVida and Shane Delia of Maha surprised some […]

Aer Rianta International signs Portuguese duty free concession

Aer Rianta International (ARI), a subsidiary of the state owned daa and the first company to operate duty-free shops in the world, has been chosen as the partner of choice by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA) to form a joint venture company to operate their portfolio of duty free and duty paid retail concessions in […]

Shell to offer sustainable aviation fuel at Singapore Changi

Shell announced today that it has become the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to customers at Singapore Changi. It notes that it has also completed the upgrading of its facility in Singapore which will enable blending of SAF in Singapore. The company believes that its announcement represents a significant milestone for the aviation […]

MWAA announces new Green Concessions Program

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is launching an expanded concessions sustainability programme as part of its on-going sustainability efforts. The new initiative, announced at Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, will grant ‘Green Concessions’ certifications to participating airport concessionaries. “Concessions sustainability is a significant part of the airports authority’s overall Corporate Social Responsibility Plan,” said […]

Quito celebrates record cargo year and flowers galore

Quito International Airport, one of the world’s biggest handlers of fresh flowers, processed an astonishing 20,112 tonnes of flowers in the 23 days building up to and including Valetine’s Day. “This achievement is all the more commendable because we were still in the midst of a battle with the omicron variant and, despite all the […]

New processing technology for Nepal’s main airports

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has selected Collins Aerospace to provide passenger processing and baggage systems at Nepal’s Tribhuvan (KTM), Gautam Buddha (BWA) and Pokhara (PKR) international airports. According to Collins, its solutions will help the airports ease congestion; enable airlines to accelerate passenger processing and sort, route and handle baggage with higher accuracy; […]

London City Airport unveils first electric car charging stations

London City Airport (LCY) in the UK today opened its first electric car charging stations. The airport is initially offering seven new charging stations for use by its passengers, staff and black cab community. LCY says that it wants to play its part in encouraging the uptake of electric car journeys across London and anticipates […]

ONT’s passenger numbers reach 86% of pre-pandemic levels

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California reports that its passenger numbers soared by 123% in January compared with the same month last year, providing officials a sense of optimism for air travel in 2022. The total number of air travellers – 339,736 – was almost 86% of the pre-pandemic level in January 2019. Domestic […]

Milan’s airports commit to being ready to serve hydrogen powered aircraft

Milan airport operator, SEA, and Airbus, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the study and implementation of projects for the distribution of hydrogen at Linate and Malpensa airports. Airbus is expected to produce the first hydrogen-powered aircraft around 2035, which SEA claims implies that airports should work on their “readiness” and be prepared […]

Havaş to provide ground handling services at Zagreb Airport

Ground handler, Havaş has added Zagreb Airport to its list of customers, meaning that the TAV Airports/Groupe ADP company, now operates at 31 airports in Turkey, Latvia and Croatia. Havaş will provide passenger, ramp, representation and supervision services, flight operation, load control, communication, cargo and mail services at Zagreb Airport. “We focus on constantly improving […]

Dubai Airports joins Prince William’s taskforce to stop wildlife trafficking

The CEO of Dubai Airports underlined the transport hub’s commitment to helping eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife after signing a declaration at a special event with Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and founder of The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife. Paul Griffiths spoke after becoming the latest signatory of The Buckingham Palace Declaration, […]

Gatwick to reopen South Terminal for start of summer schedules

London’s Gatwick Airport is to reopen its South Terminal in March – nearly two years after its ‘temporary closure’ – to help meet the expected strong demand for international travel this summer and beyond. The news comes on the day that testing requirements for those arriving into the UK have been eased significantly, with fully […]

Recognition for airports that listened to customers during pandemic

ACI World today recognised the airports that it says have continued to prioritise listening and adapting to customers during the pandemic. Over 200 airports from across the globe have been recognised in this year’s The Voice of the Customer initiative, which for the second year running was sponsored by Amadeus. To qualify, an airport member […]

Heathrow’s refreshed sustainability strategy will help it build back better

Heathrow today unveiled a refreshed sustainability strategy, which it says will play a key role in its development over the decade ahead. It says that ‘Heathrow 2.0: Connecting People and Planet’ outlines how it will build back better with sustainability front of mind as the UK and aviation industry emerges from the pandemic and ramps […]

Valentine’s Day flower rush begins at Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) is handling in excess of 300,000 flowers daily this week in the build up to Valentine’s Day. The Florida gateway receives 91% of all flowers imported to the US, primarily from South American countries such as Colombia and Ecuador, the annual total amounting to more than 236,000 tons of produce valued […]

New lounge opens at Zambia’s Kenneth Kuanda International Airport

National Aviation Services (NAS) and NAC2000 Corporation today launched their Pearl Lounge at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka, Zambia. Located in the airport’s new terminal, the lounge is part of Zambia Airports Corporation Limited’s (ZACL) efforts to upgrade international airports in the country. Last June, ZACL awarded a five-year tender to NAS and […]

Global airport security market to be worth $25 billion by 2028

The airport security market size is anticipated to record a valuation of $25 billion by 2028, according to the most recent study by Global Market Insights Inc. The market growth can be attributed to an increase in the volume of air passengers across the globe. According to its findings, the Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) segment in the […]

London Stansted expecting busiest weekend of the year

London Stansted expects to set a yearly traffic high this weekend when some 90,000 passengers pass through its facilities. The UK airport expects the start of the half-term holidays for schools to result in winter sun-seekers and skiers being among the passengers who will be departing from the airport between February 11-13. The numbers are […]

Brisbane Airport ready for the return of international travel

Brisbane Airport operator, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), has admitted that it is “ecstatic” at today’s Australian government announcement that its international borders will reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from February 21. By fully vaccinated, the government clarifies that it means all those who are double-vaccinated with a recognised COVID-19 vaccine. According to BAC, today’s announcement […]

European countries sign breakthrough Toulouse Declaration

The Destination 2050 associations and their members today endorsed the ‘Toulouse Declaration’ – the first-ever public-private initiative setting a joint vision and supporting European aviation’s goal to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. This is also the first joint initiative of its kind globally, aligning all European stakeholders on the principles and actions needed […]

Irish airport operator signs Toulouse Declaration

Irish airport operator, daa, has signed up to the Toulouse Declaration on Future Sustainability and Decarbonisation of Aviation, which was announced on Friday at a European Aviation Summit in France. The declaration recognises the need for immediate action to decarbonise aviation while continuing to improve regional and global multimodal connectivity in Europe and globally. As […]

Spotlight on Almaty Airport

Airport World discovers that despite Kazakhstan’s recent troubles, the future of Almaty Airport looks bright under the ownership of TAV Airports. Almaty Airport is under new ownership after global airport operator, TAV Airports, completed its acquisition of an 85% stake in the Kazakhstan gateway earlier this year. The deal is expected to take the gateway […]

Miami breaks cargo record for second year running

Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the busiest cargo gateways in North America, handled a record 2.7 million tons of freight in 2021. The total is even more impressive as it shattered its previous record of 2.3 million tons, set the previous year, by 17%. International freight grew by 17% to 2.2 million tons, while […]

New ‘Alpine’ look and feel for Munich Airport’s Adelholzener Bar

The newly remodelled Adelholzener Bar in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport offers visitors an Alpine setting to enjoy their soft drinks, draft beers or Bavarian favourites such as veal sausages and meatloaf! The airport used the pandemic forced closure of the departures area bar to carry out extensive renovations, and according to the gateway, the […]

PEOPLE matters – Reflections and predictions

Terri Morrissey and Dr Richard Plenty look back at a tough year for airports and consider some of the human resources challenges that may lie ahead in 2022. It is December 2021 and we have been living and working with this pandemic for almost two years. It is timely to reflect and take stock of […]

New service to Iceland will provide huge boost for New York-Stewart

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) today announced that low-cost carrier PLAY is to launch daily international flights to Iceland from Stewart International Airport. It notes that the service to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, will launch in June and be a major step ahead in the Port Authority’s efforts to expand air […]

Impressive new artwork for Pittsburgh International Airport

Nationally renowned artists Adam Kuby and Patrick Marold have designed new art installations for Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) as part of its Terminal Modernisation Programme (TMP). The jewel in the crown of the TMP will, of course, be the airport’s new passenger terminal but operator, Allegheny County Airport Authority, notes that “artwork reflective of Pittsburgh’s […]

Europe’s governments urged to lift all travel restrictions for the fully vaxed

ACI Europe and IATA are urging Europe’s governments to lift all travel restrictions for fully vaccinated/recovered individuals holding a valid COVID Certificate – as advised by the new regime for travel within the EU which comes into force today. This new regime, set out by an EU Council Recommendation adopted on January 25, is based […]

Plans unveiled for €200 million cargo complex at Amsterdam Schiphol

Global service provider, dnata, is to invest more than €200 million on a fully automated cargo centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Set to open in 2024, it believes that dnata Cargo City Amsterdam will be one of the largest and most advanced facilities of its kind that will “significantly enhance cargo capacity in The Netherlands […]

New CO2 reducing energy plant opens at Belgrade Airport

A new more environmentally friendly energy plant is being put into operation at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport. Using more efficient energy sources and switching from heavy fuels to natural gas, the new heating plant is expected to significantly reduce the Serbian gateway’s carbon footprint. According to operator, VINCI Airports, the plant’s opening is another important […]

LaGuardia becomes world’s first airport with dual airbridges

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the private entity managing and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, has announced the opening of the second pedestrian skybridge, making the New York gateway the first airport in the world with dual skybridges. Spanning 482 feet the western skybridge is the final piece of the interior of the Terminal B facility to […]

Shanghai surprise as 1930s inspired Chinese restaurant opens at Heathrow

Heathrow’s latest F&B offering, a 1930s Shanghai inspired Chinese restaurant, Shan Shui, has opened for business in Terminal 2. The outlet, officially opened this week by renowned restaurateur Ellen Chew, will double as a private viewing gallery with panoramic views of the runway. According to the operator, at its heart, Shan Shui will be all […]

New survey shows impact of pandemic on the world’s pilots

More than a third of commercial pilots are still not flying for a living – and one in five remains unemployed – as the pandemic continues to take its toll on the profession, according to The Pilot Survey 2022. The survey questioned 1,743 professional pilots about their work status and attitudes to their career, almost […]

Big comeback for Norwegian at Stockholm Arlanda

Norwegian is set to re-open its cabin crew base at Arlanda with the new employees becoming its first crew based in Sweden since the pandemic started in 2020. According to Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, the airline is planning to operate a network of 54 non-stop routes to Europe from Stockholm Arlanda this summer. And, as […]

The digital airport

Templemere’s Clare Williams Fannin takes a look at how digital technology is transforming the passenger experience. From facial recognition at passport control to high-tech baggage handling, airports have often been at the cutting-edge when it comes to the adoption of technology, and these solutions are being effectively utilised at busy travel hubs to improve efficiency […]

Using flow analytics to better manage the use and cleaning of restrooms

Never have the restroom habits of travellers been of quite as much interest to airport operators as they have become over the last two years. 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. Previously, for example, […]

Volatile recovery ahead for European airports, says S&P

European air traffic will only reach 45%-65% of 2019 levels in 2022, according to latest estimates published by S&P Global Ratings. In a new report, the ratings agency assesses the volatile recovery prospects facing European airports following the outbreak of the omicron variant in December. S&P expects air traffic numbers for rated European airports to […]

Cargo volumes in Hong Kong exceed five million tonnes in 2021

While 2021 was a year to forget for Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in terms of passenger traffic, the picture couldn’t have been more different for cargo, with the gateway handling five million tonnes (+12.5%) of freight. The upturn in cargo volumes ensured that the airport handled more freight last year than the 4.8 million […]

Advances in wayfinding present new opportunities for airports

Outdoor navigation technology has been in your pocket for years. In fact, you have to make a real effort to buy a phone that isn’t capable of providing a detailed map of the world. But as fantastic as this technology is, the navigation – which is enabled via GPS – often drops out when you […]

Restoring air connectivity

We report on some of the route development challenges facing Europe’s airports as the industry continues to struggle from the impact of the global pandemic. Just when you began to think that things were getting better, rising infection levels across Europe in November led a number of countries to impose new COVID restrictions and, in […]

New government funding to help modernise the UK’s airspace

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

Domestic traffic drives 2021 traffic growth at Pulkovo

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

Helsinki becomes the world’s most named airport!

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

Brisbane readies for the return of quarantine free travel

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

Melbourne Airport unveils new pop-up gin shop

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

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

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

Frankfurt Airport reports 32% upturn in passengers in 2021

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

Quick and easy

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

London City Airport expecting “a strong recovery” in 2022

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

Electric propulsion – the future of sustainable aviation?

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

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

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

Manaus in the north of Brazil joins VINCI Airports group

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

Spotlight on Ferrovial Airports: All systems go!

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

Glasgow Airport to install more sustainable airfield lighting

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

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

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

Foreign exchange giant Travelex launches operations at London Stansted

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

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

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

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

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

Course corrections in murky weather

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

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

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

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

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

Passenger traffic rises 17% at Hamburg Airport in 2021

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


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

Industry outlook – past, present and future

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

Prague Airport renews Airport Health Accreditation certification

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

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

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

Spotlight on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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

View from the top

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

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

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

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

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

Good end of the year for Milano Bergamo Airport

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

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

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

Show business!

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

Bengaluru Kempegowda unveils new fire rescue vehicle simulator

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

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

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

TAV consortium to extend Medinah Airport concession

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

Gatwick set for busy festive period despite travel restrictions

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

International flights resume to Siem Reap in Cambodia

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

San Diego completes largest single bond sale by a Californian airport

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

PEOPLE matters

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

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

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

Innovative travel experience planned for Kansas City’s new terminal

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

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

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

WBP News

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

Leeds Bradford Airport outlines roadmap to net zero emissions by 2030

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

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

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

Collaborative effort

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

Commercial facilities at Brisbane Airport continue to grow

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

Hong Kong International Airport unveils Net Zero 2050 strategy

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

Finding the Way

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

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

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

Sustainable mission

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

Sustainability conscious Nomad Café opens at Dublin Airport

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

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

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

Hydrogen powered aircraft could make zero-carbon emission flights possible

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

Larnaca Airport unveils unique new destination store

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

Time for a new approach

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

New theme park at Incheon could attract one million annual visitors

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

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

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

Christchurch Airport to boast ‘world leading’ renewable energy park

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

Fraport TAV Antalya extends airport concession to 2051

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

Aéroports de Montréal to accelerate efforts to achieve carbon neutrality

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

On the right track

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

Inclusive to all

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

Luxury and sustainability

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

Insolvency Administrator looking for investors for Frankfurt-Hahn

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

Building for the future

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

ADR opens Airport Operations Centre at Rome Fiumicino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneering change

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


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

View from the top

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

Light at the end of the tunnel

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

UK government to fund regional air services to Newquay and Dundee

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

Cork Airport officially opens reconstructed main runway

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

New detection technology to help fight against wildlife trafficking

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

City approves San Antonio’s airport development plan

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

Delivering the future at Pittsburgh International Airport

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

Protecting the perimeter – enhancing airport security

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

Cargo and passenger volumes on the rise in Hong Kong

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

CAAP to invest in Uruguay airports after extending Montevideo concession

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

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

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

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

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

BA flight to New York powered by sustainable aviation fuel blend

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

Heathrow launches recruitment drive as vital transatlantic travel restarts

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

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

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

Coalition of UK airports urge government to restore slot rules

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

Las Vegas McCarran welcomes back flights from Europe

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

Consortium agrees deal to acquire Sydney Airport

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

Ferrovial Airports to open a network of vertiports in the UK

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

GTAA backing airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson

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

Passenger flow technology to enhance security operations at London Gatwick

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

Global design competition reveals potential airports of the future

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

Larnaka and Pafos airports enjoy busiest month of the year

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

SITA to make its Digital Travel Declaration solution free to governments

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

Airports look to future at ACI Europe’s Annual Congress

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

FAA looking for designers to create ATC towers of the future

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

Historic mural finds new home at Phoenix Sky Harbor

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

PEOPLE matters

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

Always welcome

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

ACI Europe warns of tough challenges ahead for airports

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

Innovate and grow

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

New agreement means that eVTOL aircraft could operate from Heathrow

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

The global network

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

New analysis praises Perth Airport’s sustainable development

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

Work starts on design of self screening portal for airport passengers

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

WBP News

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

First flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel departs from Gatwick

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

Copenhagen’s route network showing signs of growth

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

AOA reveals that UK airports halved emissions between 2010-2019

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

New Apple shop opens at Hamad International Airport