• Grayling and Walsh sound bullish on Brexit

    The UK aviation community has cause for optimism over its post-Brexit prospects, according to speakers at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) conference – but others remain more pessimistic. UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and IAG CEO Willie Walsh each sounded positive

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Syracuse modernisation begins

    The first phase of construction work is underway to upgrade Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The USD48.8 million project is scheduled to be completed by late 2018. It involves the redesign and reconstruction of the terminal building, which will expand by 14,500 ft 2 with improved food,

  • US and Europe insist on quieter aircraft

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released new Stage 5 Airplane Noise Standards, insisting that new designs of subsonic aircraft are at least 7 dB quieter than aircraft in airline fleets today. From 31 December, the FAA will only allow aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of

  • Abu Dhabi MTB to open in late 2019, says chairman

    The chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports has said the new midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport will open in the fourth quarter of 2019, well past the original target of 2017. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar said 86% of construction work for the 742,000 m 2 , USD2.94 billion Midfield Terminal

  • FAA upgrades ATIS

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Robinson Aviation (RVA) and All Weather Inc (AWI) an initial contract to supply five Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) systems, under a broader indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract in September. RVA is responsible

  • SATS extends deeper into Malaysia

    SATS Ltd of Singapore has formally completed a ground-handling partnership with low-cost Malaysian carrier AirAsia. Under the terms of the partnership, SATS will acquire a 50% interest in Ground Team Red Holdings Sdn Bhd (GTRH). GTRH will be renamed SATS Ground Team Red Holdings Sdn Bhd, which will

  • Double-sided water refill kiosk offers revenue opportunities

    A Canadian company has come up with a new way to dispense free water for thirsty travellers at airports, while at the same time providing advertising and/or airport information. Many airports have converted their drinking water fountains past security checkpoints so that empty water bottles can be

  • Dar es Salaam upgrade leads the way in Tanzania

    A new-look Terminal 3 at Julius Nyerere International Airport is one of many expansion projects in the East African country The aviation sector in Tanzania has had to contend with unpredictable rates of growth in recent years, as it moves towards completion in 2018 of expansion work at the

  • Groupe ADP targets control over Amman operator

    Groupe ADP announced on 8 November that it aims to take a “majority and controlling stake” in Airport International Group (AIG), the operator of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Amman, Jordan. Groupe ADP, which already owns 9.5% of AIG, is in a consortium with Meridiam and

  • Toronto aids autistic passengers

    Toronto Pearson has become the first airport to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides, or card decks, for people with autism and other cognitive special needs. The introductory Toronto Pearson set of 10 card decks offers a personal step-by-step guide for passengers who

  • FuelRod targets power-hungry passengers

    US firm Tricopian has expanded its network of airports to adopt its FuelRod mobile charging service. FuelRod SwapBox Kiosks allow users to simply exchange their electronic device chargers for fully charged, ready-to-use, mobile charger kits, which include a company-developed FuelRod lithium battery

  • Hong Kong event explores future tech

    Data analytics and artificial intelligence were the key themes explored in the third annual Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Technovation Conference and Exhibition on 2 November. Recent examples at HKIA include augmented reality to allow passengers to navigate the airport, and location

  • Navi Mumbai limps along

    Following state cabinet approval to build the delayed USD4 billion Navi Mumbai Airport, GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) will soon be issued the Letter of Intent to proceed. However, villagers continue to protest for compensation as land acquisition issues remain. As a result, police

  • Aviation industry explores NEXTT steps towards seamless travel

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) have joined forces in an attempt to deliver a truly seamless airport passenger experience. In launching the New Experience in Travel and Technologies (NEXTT) initiative in late October, IATA and ACI

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