• EU auditors examine effectiveness of passenger rights

    The Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors (ECA) is assessing the effectiveness of air passenger rights in European Union (EU) countries. The EU financial watchdog will determine whether the laws themselves have proved useful, are being enforced properly, and if their operation has been

  • Pune greenfield could alleviate Mumbai capacity crunch

    The Chambers of Commerce in Pune is urging private companies to participate in plans to build a new greenfield airport, after the Indian military rejected a proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport on a 2,400 ha site in Purandar, some 40 km away from the city. A letter from the

  • Sealed off: bearded intruder blocks Alaskan runway

    Airfield operations staff at the northernmost airport in the United States were confronted with a rare challenge in late October, when they had to remove a 450 lb(204 kg) bearded seal from the runway. The seal was discovered lying placidly on the tarmac, preventing flights taking off and landing at

  • CSCEC-OHL talks reach a dead end

    Discussions about a possible take-over of infrastructure group and airport concessionaire OHL by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) have ended, the Spanish company announced on 14 November. "The conversations with CSCEC are not continuing,” financial director

  • Disused Ellenikon feels the weight of history

    The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) in the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports has ruled that a 30 ha area in Ellenikon International Airport should be protected from redevelopment to conserve historic artefacts. Ellenikon served as the international airport for Athens before it closed in

  • Materna seeks larger footprint in the Americas

    Having already established itself in the European market, Materna continues to extend its brand across North America, into Latin America, and across the Pacific. Rita LaDouceur, Materna airport solutions manager–America, mentioned a recent sale in Mexico to an unnamed customer. Speaking to

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  • Sensors track satisfaction with toilet facilities

    Airports in the United States are collecting data on the cleanliness of their lavatories, amid broader efforts to ensure the best possible passenger experience, staff allocation, and customer service. For example, on 16 November the Houston Airport System (HAS) began implementing measures to


  • Raytheon shows common weather platform

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is upgrading the systems used to collect and display weather information at its facilities nationwide, having awarded Raytheon and Harris contracts in 2015 to develop new processing and service delivery systems worth up to USD300 million. The agency is

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  • Miyazaki PBB project nears completion

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co Ltd (MHI-TES) has almost completed a project to install five passenger boarding bridges at Miyazaki Airport in Japan. Installation work began in September, and all five PBBs will be in place by December 2017 to

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