• Brussels accepts Luton stake sale

    The European Commission has approved the sale by Ardian of its 49% stake in London Luton Airport to the UK division of Australian investment firm AMP Capital. Aena owns the remaining 51%. AMP Capital already controls 49% of Newcastle International Airport and 100% of Leeds Bradford Airport, but the

  • Greenfield Maharashtra build set to finish

    Construction work is scheduled to end in July 2018 on a new regional airport at Chipi-Parule in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Built by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt Ltd on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Sindhudurg

  • Edmonton signs deal for renewable jet fuel

    Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NextStep Renewable Energy Inc (NSRE) to co-operate in constructing a processing facility in the western province of Alberta. Under the MOU, NSRE will join the EIA-based Alberta Aerospace and

  • EIB plans loan for Venice expansion

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) intends to lend EUR150 million (USD174 million) to SAVE Spa, the operator of Venice Marco Polo International Airport, to help fund a EUR478 expansion programme. EIB support will help SAVE expand and improve its terminal and airside facilities to cope with forecast

  • FAA issues first tranche of new fiscal year AIP grants

    US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced grants totalling USD677 million under the federally funded Airport Improvement Programme (AIP). A total of 241 grants are funding 346 infrastructure projects to modernise runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals at airports throughout the

  • Alleged Belize scam leads to charges

    A New York financier has been charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, having allegedly misappropriated up to USD6 million from a USD21 million Belize airport investment fund. The money had been earmarked to build an international airport in Placencia. The accused, Brent

  • Central Asian republics maintain expansion tempo

    Airport infrastructure continues to expand in Central Asian ex-Soviet republics that have recorded annual GDP growth rates of 6–7% in the last two years. In 2017, airports in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan posted passenger growth of 48% and 13% respectively. In Turkmenistan, the Ministry of

  • Wunstorf hangar doors meet exacting requirements

    In its most extensive military project to date, Butzbach Aviation designed and supplied bespoke hangar doors for the Bundeswehr to use at its A400M transport aircraft base in Wunstorf, Germany. Butzbach won a competitive Europe-wide tender for the project at Wunstorf, which is used by the

  • Gatwick sets out investment path to 2023

    Gatwick Airport unveiled its new five-year investment plan on 13 June, with GBP1.11 billion (USD1.48 billion) allocated for various terminal and airfield improvement projects until 2023. Meanwhile, work continues to develop a new long-term masterplan for the airport, which is the second-largest in

  • Los Angeles embarks on major upgrade with Delta

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) – owner and operator of Los Angeles International – has teamed up with Delta Air Lines to launch what it described as the “largest terminal improvement award in its history”. A budget of USD1.86 billion has been approved by the LAWA Board of

  • Daxing designers iron out bottlenecks with simulation software

    The Daxing construction project is the first for a Chinese international airport to include crowd simulation software as a critical early-stage component in the process, according to Arup software house Oasys. The Oasys MassMotion simulation tool was used with other software (Simio 3D and Elevate)

  • Haifa extends runway to lure international flights

    Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz and the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) have decided to lengthen the sole runway at Haifa U Michaeli Airport by 316 m, to boost international traffic. When completed in the 2020s, the extended 1,634 m runway will be able to accommodate Boeing B-737

  • IFC to hire consulting firm for Beirut expansion

    The High Council for Privatization and PPP in Lebanon has asked the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank to act as a lead advisor to attract public-private partnership investment for expansion of Rafic Hariri International Airport. The IFC is to advise the High Council

  • CORSIA encounters turbulence in Europe

    At least European countries are threatening to pull out of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) if its already-minimal provisions on alternative jet fuel are further weakened, the transport and environment lobby group T&E Europe announced on 6 June.

  • Heathrow third runway vote to be held within weeks

    The proposed third runway for Heathrow Airport will finally be put to a vote in the House of Commons, after UK government ministers backed the plan in its Airports National Policy Statement (NPS). Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling described the move on 5 June as a “historic

  • We’ll always have Paris: international co-operation weathers the Trump effect

    Airports remain committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions When President Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, questions arose over the fate of airline and airport schemes for a CO 2 -neutral future, if other

  • Groupe ADP augments its Innovation Hub

    France-based airport operator Groupe ADP is boosting its Innovation Hub strategy by investing in White Star Capital. Groupe ADP announced on 4 June that it will have a seat on the White Star Capital board, “which will enable it to play a full part in the fund’s decisions”. White

  • Privatisation trend worries airline sector

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a study on airport ownership and growth strategies amid concern among its members that airport privatisation harms competition and creates unsustainable market conditions. Speaking on 4 June during the 2018 IATA AGM in Sydney, Nick

  • Civil aviation follows military lead on PFAS

    The US armed forces are phasing out firefighting foam that contains potentially harmful substances, and the airport sector is also addressing the issue Once hailed as chemical compounds with valuable properties, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) – known

  • Dublin operator targets more overseas opportunities

    Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is considering bids to run international airports in the Middle East and Asia, as it attempts to build on its management and operation concession for Terminal 5 (T5) King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. Ireland-based DAA also

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