• Airbus releases results of UAM survey

    Airbus on 11 February published the findings of a study on public perceptions of urban air mobility (UAM). A survey was issued in Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Zealand, and Switzerland, generating a total of 1,540 responses. Airbus conducted the study after it released its UTM roadmap in September

  • Foundation laid at long-awaited Holongi

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of a newly approved greenfield airport at Holongi, south of Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation finally cleared the proposal in December 2018, after the project stayed on the drawing board

  • Myanmar strives to develop

    More must be done to liberalise the air transport market in Myanmar, a government minister has admitted. Speaking recently in Mumbai during an aviation summit, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo noted that the aviation sector in Myanmar “has not fared too well, partly

  • Atlanta retains top spot for traffic in 2018

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta set a new traffic record in 2018 with 107.3 million passengers, beating its previous best by 3.3%. Beijing Capital International also made history as only the second airport to break the 100 million passenger mark, thanks to a significant 5.4% increase from 2017. This

  • Greenfield plan addresses Jeju constraints

    The South Korean government is to invest USD4.35 billion on building a second international airport for Jeju. The greenfield airport – with one terminal and a single runway – will have annual capacity for 25 million passengers. It will occupy a 500 ha site in the rural area of Seongsan,

  • Las Vegas deals out card deck app for hidden disabilities

    Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is addressing the needs of passengers with hidden disabilities, such as autism, by becoming the first airport in the United States to introduce the MagnusCards mobile app. Developed by Canadian company Magnusmode, the app is available for free download on

  • Pittsburgh gears up for TMP

    Pittsburgh International is preparing to launch its USD1.1 billion Terminal Modernization Program (TMP), which will consolidate the separate landside and airside terminals into a single two-level facility. Jane’s understands that construction is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019,

  • Upgrade will resurrect Laokan

    The government of the Philippines plans to invest USD10 million on upgrading and then reopening Laokan Airport, near Baguio. Work is expected to begin later in 2019, although no definite timescale has been released. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) official Edmund Perez said that

  • British Airways helps with JFK T8 upgrade costs

    British Airways (BA) is investing USD65 million towards the Terminal 8 upgrade at New York JFK, in line with his plans to relocate from Terminal 7 by 2022. The USD344 million T8 upgrade is being overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. BA will share the new-look terminal with

  • Big-spending Kuwait underlines dependence on international expertise

    The Kuwaiti government intends to invest USD20 billion on modernising and expanding aviation infrastructure over the next two decades. The president of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sheikh Salem Al-Humoud, said in January that Kuwait can only achieve its objectives with close

  • Clariant reports strong 2018 despite slow European aviation demand in Q4

    Clariant on 13 February reported a 5% increase in full-year 2018 sales to CHF6.62 billion, and a 18% surge in net profit to CHF356 million. The improved performance from the Switzerland-based chemicals group was driven partly by organic growth across the organisation. Sales in the Care Chemicals

  • Georgia gears regulations for growth

    The government of Georgia has laid down a regulatory framework to support aviation infrastructure expansion, as tourism to the former Soviet republic increases and new airlines establish services. The three international airports in the country (main gateway Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi) handled 5

  • Menzies deepens Air China relationship at Los Angeles

    Menzies Aviation has won a three-year contract renewal for a full range of cargo-handling services with Air China at Los Angeles International Airport. The value of the deal was undisclosed. This continues a relationship dating back to 2001. Menzies Aviation is the largest ground-handling partner

  • Nepal explores alternatives amid TIA problems

    Problems continue at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Nepal after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) cancelled a tender for expansion in December 2018. TIA faces severe capacity constraints, partly because of its location near mountainous terrain 4 km from the Nepalese capital,

  • Atlanta retains its crown amid US growth trend

    Major international airports in the United States reported record annual passenger volume in 2018. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International retained its status as the busiest airport in the country by throughput – and the busiest in the world: a title held since 2000 – with 107.3

  • Ranatunga outlines plans for Sri Lankan infrastructure

    The Sri Lankan government continues to plan new air transport infrastructure growth as the island marks 10 years since the end of its decades-long civil war. Airline passenger traffic totalled 8.5 million in 2018 but is forecast to reach 21 million by 2035, said Transport and Civil Aviation

  • Traffic dips at Rio

    Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport in Brazil reported a fall in full-year passenger traffic and fewer aircraft movements in 2018. A total of 15 million passengers used Galeão, marking a 7.6% year-on-year decrease. Take-offs and landings fell by about 10,000 (or 8.3%) to 110,164.

  • Afghanistan hustles in pursuit of 2033 vision

    The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) is moving rapidly to build up its regulatory and technological capabilities for airspace management, despite the ongoing military conflict in the country. A national economic development strategy for 2019–33 envisages an “important

  • Schiphol seals long-term construction deals

    Schiphol Group has signed long-term contracts worth a total of up to EUR3.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) with three Dutch construction firms. BAM Infra BV, Heijmans Utiliteit BV, and VolkerWessels will carry out a series of projects at Amsterdam Schiphol, lasting no later than 2028. The work will focus

  • Europe-wide demand reaches record levels but trouble may lie ahead

    Passenger traffic at European airports increased by 6.1% in 2018 to reach a new full-year record total of 2.34 billion, according to figures released by ACI Europe on 6 February. Airports in non-EU countries grew at a faster rate (8.3%) than the EU-wide average of 5.4%. Aircraft movements

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