• Casarrubios plan would ease pressure on Barajas

    A proposed second airport for Madrid was announced on 17 October by developers Air City Madrid Sur, with the aim of entering service by 2023. It would cost about EUR148 million (USD170 million) to convert the small airfield at Casarrubios near El Alamo, about 30 km southwest of Madrid, into a

  • French researchers create optical illusion to cut bird-strike risk

    Researchers at the Éthologie Animale et Humaine (Ethos) laboratory in the University of Rennes in France, working with Airbus, have designed a visual pattern to deter birds of prey (raptors) from high-risk areas around airports. Raptors are one of the most common victims of bird strikes on

  • MAG seeks to improve passenger experience with Silicon Valley tie-up

    Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has formed a partnership with Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based technology accelerator. The purpose of the collaboration is to give MAG influence over new innovations in the travel industry so it can leverage these technologies to improve the travel experience.

  • OmniServ replaces Swissport at Stansted

    After a competitive tender, OmniServ (operating as Blue Handling) is to replace Swissport as the ground-handler for Ryanair at London Stansted Airport, effective from 1 February 2019. Work at the largest Ryanair base will include check-in, baggage, and ground operations. Swissport will continue

  • Oslo shortens walking times to eight gates

    The Norwegian subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp has begun installing a moving walkway on the pedestrian footbridge that links Pier A (South Pier) and Pier B (West Pier) at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The walkway from ThyssenKrupp Rulletrapper will shorten the walking time between the eight gates that are the

  • Seattle adds more dining options

    Under its ongoing Central Terminal Expansion programme, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport plans to add a 10,000 sq ft (930 m 2 ) mezzanine level to accommodate two new full-service restaurants. The USD17 million project will be paid for from the Airport Development Fund. These additions –

Airports Airports

  • Gatwick suggests standby runway conversion

    Gatwick Airport could convert its existing standby runway to full use in one of three scenarios in its new draft Master Plan released on 18 October. The document outlines options for future growth at Gatwick, despite the preference of the UK government for a third runway at Heathrow. One


  • Spanish company puts UAVs to work for runway inspections

    Spanish start-up Canard Drones, which pioneered the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect airport runways and navaids in Europe, is extending its services to the Americas by signing up an agent in Panama. In August 2017 Canard Drones won a deal from Aena Aeropuertos to monitor

Equipment Equipment

  • Global strategy motivates TCR

    Already dominant in Europe, the independent GSE owner is setting its sights further afield, as concepts such as equipment pooling take hold and new asset accounting rules enter into force Belgium-based TCR International specialises in turnkey leasing, pooling, maintenance, and fleet management

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  • Nuanced approaches combat the call of the wild

    Airport operators have multiple tools and methods at their disposal to reduce the risk of bird strikes and wildlife intrusions Bird strikes and other encounters between aircraft and wildlife are a perennial danger to aviation safety, accounting for about 3.6% of all aviation accidents in 2017