• Jamaican operator plans rooftop solar installation

    MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has issued a public tender for an engineering, procurement and construction contractor to build a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation system. Bids are due by 14 June. Solar PV would enable MBJ

  • Auckland announces airfield extension

    Auckland International Airport in New Zealand is expanding its airfield into unused land near the international terminal. Earthmoving work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, airport officials announced on 21 May. Covering 250,000 m 2 , the project is planned for completion by 2022 to

  • Dallas/Fort Worth and American unveil Terminal F plans

    A sixth passenger terminal will be added at Dallas/Fort Worth International for American Airlines, officials from the two organisations announced on 20 May, adding that design work will begin immediately. Terminal F – to be built on a site south of Terminal D – will include up to 24

  • Going but not gone: A380 maintains a pulse for hubs

    Major international airports are unlikely to be adversely affected by the Airbus announcement that it will cease production of the large widebody Hub airports are assessing the potential consequences of the decision by Airbus to cancel production from 2021 of its A380 large widebody. Faced with a

  • ADP engineering design subsidiary wins business worldwide

    ADP Ingénierie reports multiple recent contract awards worldwide for terminal and airfield design research, as well as traffic forecasting for international airports. In southeast China Groupe ADP is conducting a study into air traffic and airport capacity in the Hong Kong/Shenzhen area to

  • Confidence returns to Egypt

    Passenger traffic at Egyptian airports is on an upward trajectory after a slump triggered by regime changes and terrorism The appointment of former International Monetary Fund official Rania Al-Mashat as tourism minister in 2018 was the latest move by the Egyptian government to revive its flagging

  • Helsinki opens new West Pier

    The EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) investment programme at Helsinki Airport in Finland passed a milestone on 15 May, when operator Finavia opened the first phase of its forest-themed West Pier. The new infrastructure covers 13,000 m 2 and includes five gates with passenger boarding bridges: two new

  • Eiffage in the picture for Toulouse stake

    Casil Europe is in talks with French civil engineering and construction group Eiffage to sell its 49.99% stake in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Eiffage has a track record in transport infrastructure development in the road and rail sectors, but no prior experience in airport concessions. Casil Europe

  • Heathrow sets date for statutory expansion consultation

    Heathrow Airport will launch its statutory consultation on expansion on 18 June in what it described as “its largest and most innovative engagement exercise yet” with the public. Heathrow is seeking feedback in four main areas: its expansion master plan from 2026 (when it expects to

  • Los Angeles adopts Aira for passenger assistance

    Los Angeles International (LAX) is helping blind and limited-vision travellers to navigate through the airport by introducing the Artificial Intelligence Remote Assistance (Aira) service from San Diego-based Aira Tech Corp. A passenger requiring help can download a smartphone app from Apple or

  • GACA appoints Al-Mansouri as new president

    Uncertainty over the direction of the Saudi Arabian aviation sector came to an end on 6 May with the appointment by royal decree of Abdulhadi Al-Mansouri as president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). Al-Mansouri is a former deputy transport minister in the Saudi government. The

  • PPP to build hydrogen plant near Palma de Mallorca

    Spanish and Balearic authorities have announced a public-private partnership to build what they claim will be the biggest hydrogen-producing plant in Europe, on a site near Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). A former cement factory in the town of Lloseta will be converted to produce hydrogen by 2021.

  • Environmental concerns could still stymie UK expansion plans

    Key Points DfT head of aviation casts doubt on the sustainability of UK expansion Ministers may have to review their strategy, including plans to expand Heathrow, if they follow the recommendations of climate change advisors Heathrow and the government have won many battles against anti-expansion

  • Vinci seals its deal for Gatwick

    Vinci Airports on 14 May completed its GBP2.9 billion (USD3.7 billion) acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport. The deal to buy 50.01% of Gatwick from Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) – via Cayman Islands-registered Ivy Topco Ltd – was announced in December 2018 and

  • Acquisitions boost the bottom line for dnata

    Emirates announced on 9 May that its ground-handling subsidiary dnata posted a record annual profit of AED1.4 billion (USD394 million) in 2018, out of total group profits of AED2.3 billion. Dnata revenues grew by 10% to AED14.4 billion in the financial year ended 31 March 2019. International

  • Brisbane solar installation enters full use

    The solar power system at Brisbane Airport is now fully operational, project partners Trina Solar and Epho Commercial Solar Power announced on 10 May. The 5.725 MW solar installation comprises 20,937 photovoltaic panels in six sites at the airport, covering a total area of 36,000 m 2 . The project

  • Manchester prepares to premiere PremiAir

    Manchester Airports Group (MAG) expects to open its new PremiAir terminal at Manchester Airport in late 2019. The Jacobs-designed PremiAir facility will be the first UK airport terminal to offer a private jet-style service to all classes of airline passenger, at an affordable cost. The terminal

  • Clark recovers from earthquake

    Clark International Airport (CIA) in the Philippines was able to resume operations on 25 April, three days after the passenger terminal and air traffic control (ATC) tower were damaged by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. According to an official at the airport, who spoke to Jane’s on condition of

  • Ningbo Lishe on track to complete new T2

    The new Terminal 2 (T2) at Ningbo Lishe International Airport in Zhejiang Province, China, is 90% complete with a partial opening scheduled for late 2019. Ningbo Airport Engineering Department and Logistics Park Investment Development Co Ltd are responsible for the CNY1.25 billion (USD1.84 billion)

  • Narita acts to release capacity pressure

    Narita is adopting short- and long-term measures to cope with rising passenger traffic, an official at the Tokyo airport told delegates at the 2019 Air Convention Asia in Bangkok on 3 May. The most immediate measure is an extension of operating hours to midnight, beginning with the winter 2019

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