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

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

Virgin introduces pre-flight COVID-19 testing for crew

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

SFO brings forward runway upgrade to take advantage of reduced traffic

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

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

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

Istanbul becomes first airport to be accredited by new health programme

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

BLOG: Don’t forget about the data

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

The next step

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

New automated gates open at Kansai International Airport

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

New body-scanner security equipment for Canberra Airport

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

Airport Health Accreditation programme to help combat COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Touchless travel

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

ACI World unveils Smart Security Vision 2040

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

Edinburgh to introduce antimicrobial security tray technology

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

New COVID-19 risk management tool introduced by Etihad

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

Kazakhstan continues to enhance aviation system

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

Anti-drone system installed at Bristol Airport

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

2020 vision

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

BLOG: The dawn of open architecture

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

COVID-19 detection trials to start at London Heathrow

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

Quarantine busting COVID-19 tests available at Vienna Airport

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

Leidos acquires security detection wing of L3Harris Technologies

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

Quito Airport ready to resume operations on June 1

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

Canberra Airport introduces temperature scanning equipment

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

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

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

London Stansted to use downtime to refurbish runway

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

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

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

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

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

LONDON HEATHROW DEPLOYS NEW ANTI-DRONE TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

ACCESS DENIED

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