• Airline catering giants form global trade body

    Five leading airline catering providers with a combined annual turnover of EUR9.9 billion (USD12.2 billion) have set up the not-for-profit Airline Catering Association (ACA). In its launch announcement, ACA added that it was open to “all companies with sizeable international activities in the

  • Infrastructure plan offsets lack of detail in Trump Administration budget request

    US airport officials have been left somewhat disappointed by a lack of detail in the Trump Administration's USD4.4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), announced on 12 February, despite anticipating a strong show of support from the President. However, a strategy document released

  • Barcelona expansion plan reflects Catalonia charm offensive

    The Spanish government has announced plans to build a new international passenger terminal at Barcelona International Airport, amid a broader EUR2 billion (USD2.45 billion) investment by the mid-2020s in infrastructure in Catalonia. About EUR200 million will be spent on the terminal building, plus

  • LTR sales drop but fundamentals remain sound

    Global airport and travel retailer Lagardère Travel Retail (LTR) reported a 7.7% drop in group revenue to EUR3.41 billion (USD4.18 billion) in 2017, due largely to divestment of press distribution activities. Revenue from its core airport and travel retail operations increased by 9.1%, helped

  • Toronto to add intermodal infrastructure

    Design work is under way on new intermodal transit and passenger processing infrastructure at Toronto Pearson International Airport for operator Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Phase I of the new facility is expected to be ready by the mid-2020s. HOK leads a design team including WSP

  • Brussels lays out problems for UK if no-deal Brexit happens

    The UK civil aviation sector faces stark consequences from Brexit unless a transitional agreement is reached, according to negotiating documents released by the European Commission (EC). The papers indicated that the United Kingdom could no longer be a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency

  • Ilan Ramon to open in September, says Israeli minister

    Ilan and Assaf Ramon International Airport near Eilat, Israel, will open in September 2018. Transport minister Israel Katz announced the opening date after visiting the site of the greenfield airport. Jane’s was told that a smart 30 m-high security fence that is being constructed will be

  • O’Reilly enjoys the FAB times

    TAG Farnborough Airport (IATA code: FAB), which hosts the biennial Farnborough International Airshow – one of the most important aviation and aerospace trade exhibitions in the world – enjoyed a boom year in 2017 with a 10-year high for aircraft movements. CEO Brandon O’Reilly

  • Sustainable biofuel reaches certification milestone

    The Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has announced that it has issued its first certification of a refinery making bio-jet fuel in a reliably sustainable manner. US-based AltAir Fuels has been certified by the RSB as a producer of biojet-fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha, a petrol

  • Bangalore surfs a wave of growth

    Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore was the third-largest airport in India by passenger volume in 2017, behind Delhi and Mumbai. Hari Marar, managing director and CEO of airport operator Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), described 2017 as “a phenomenal year for

  • European carbon emissions will rise, says EU agency

    A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has raised concerns about the growth in carbon emissions from the European aviation sector. The EEA – an agency of the European Union – calculated that emissions from international aviation in Europe have surged by 108% since 1990, and

  • Identity crisis: Greece could win Alexander the Great naming dispute

    Skopje Alexander the Great Airport could undergo a change of name, to help resolve a long-running political dispute between Greece and the neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Successive Greek governments have been angered not only by the association of Alexander the Great with

  • Israeli firm seals Uganda construction deal

    Israeli construction company Shikun & Binui Ltd announced on 7 February that it has secured a contract to build an airport in Uganda. The airport will be in a rural area of the oil-drilling region near Hoima and Lake Albert in northwestern Uganda. SBI – the international division of

  • Kabul streamlines cargo processes

    A new facility has opened at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, for integrated processing of air freight exports. The unit integrates administrative requirements from the Afghanistan Customs Department and other government ministries, as well as the Afghanistan National

  • ST Engineering reduces stake in Chinese MRO joint venture

    Subject to regulatory approval, Japan Airlines will pay USD7 million for 5% to become a strategic partner in STA Guangzhou. ST Engineering retains a 44% stake, with the Guangdong Airport Authority owning the remaining 51%. STA Guangzhou was established in 2014.

  • GMR set to grow its stake in Hyderabad

    Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is selling its 11% stake in Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport in India, pending regulatory approvals. The deal must be completed by 1 December, or else it will be cancelled. GMR Airports is paying USD76 million for the stake, which will leave it

  • Groupe ADP announces winners of Play Your Airport competition

    Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) operator Groupe ADP has unveiled the winners of a public competition to identify new ways of improving passenger experience. Groupe ADP launched Play Your Airport in June 2017. It narrowed down almost 2,000 suggestions from 77 countries to a shortlist of 12 finalists.

  • Muscat terminal is ready for launch, says Oman government

    A new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport will begin operations on 20 March, according to a statement from the Oman government. Transport and Communications Minister Dr Ahmed Al Futaisi said “all systems are ready, following the conclusion of the recently conducted operational

  • Pioneers strengthen case for biofuel

    Technical feasibility barriers have been surmounted, and biofuels are showing their worth to airlines and airports The rise of biofuels for aviation, as viable complements or alternatives to fossil fuels, is the result of a decade-long effort. Stakeholders in the airline and energy industry around

  • Staying in the loop: Endless Runway researchers seek testbed

    It may prove easier to implement circular runways for airports serving cargo UAVs The concept of building circular runways with a slight camber has received significant attention, but is the idea a practical solution to airport capacity problems? Practical tests on the idea are being discussed,

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