• AirMap seals industry partnerships

    Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) technology developer AirMap is collaborating with Indra to provide digital infrastructure for integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in low-level urban airspace. AirMap and Indra each develop open-architecture technologies that

  • Brazil prepares next concession package

    The Brazilian government intends to sell concessions for 22 airports, after a successful opening auction for 12 others. The newest batch will be split into three regional blocks with an auction process to begin in the second half of 2020, the infrastructure ministry announced on 18 March. The

  • Indra wins in India and Latin America

    Indra has reported new air traffic management business in Argentina and India, and completion of a project in Panama. After a competitive public international tender, air navigation service provider Empresa Argentina de Navegación Aérea (EANA) awarded Indra a contract to equip eight

  • Luton forges ahead with next phase of GSE pooling

    Leading participants in ground support equipment (GSE) pooling at London Luton report efficiency, safety and passenger experience benefits almost two years after the UK airport implemented the initiative in May 2017. Liam Bolger, head of airside operations at London Luton, and Nicholas Dymock, UK

  • 4-Flight to go live in Marseille, Paris and Reims by early 2023

    DSNA and Thales report progress on the rollout of their 4-Flight automation system for en route centres in France. 4-Flight is due to go live with DSNA at area control centres (ACCs) in Marseille and Reims in the winter of 2021–22, with Paris to follow in the winter of 2022–23. Thales

  • MARL moves nearer to fruition

    The Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL) is set to become a reality after the Victorian and federal Australian governments formally signed off on the project on 13 March. A Heads of Agreement document set out the strategic objectives, governance arrangements, and information sharing processes for the

Airports Airports

  • O’Hare begins operating new deicing facility

    Chicago O’Hare International Airport has put into service a USD168 million central deicing facility (CDF), which is claimed to be the largest in the US. The CDF encompasses 850,000 ft 2 and can accommodate up to 20 narrow-body or five wide-body aircraft at the same time. Aircraft are


  • UTM technologies make an impression at Madrid show

    More than 40 UTM presentations at World ATM Congress included new airspace authorisation tools and procedures that will open up airspace to UAS operators over the next few months The experiences of the December 2018 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) disruption at Gatwick Airport are still painfully

Equipment Equipment

  • Passengers continue to embrace self-service, says SITA report

    The 13th annual SITA Passenger IT Insights study, published in late February, shows that air travellers have a positive opinion overall on self-service technology for a seamless journey. The report described higher customer satisfaction with the use of self-scanning passport gates, mobile alerts,

Security Security

  • Blast protection system avoids risk of glass debris

    UK-based Pure Vista has developed a frameless balustrade system for glass panels that essentially remain in place, whether they are hit by bullets or blast waves. Director Adam Oakes said that Pure Vista products have been earmarked for potential use in the refurbishment of Heathrow Terminal 4, and