• Canine CCSF scheme certifies first company

    Following registration and the subsequent certification with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Cargo Screening K9 Alliance has become the first company to include a canine team in the Certified Cargo Screening Facility- Canine (CCSF-K9) programme. CCSF-K9 fulfils a requirement in

  • Dnata snaps up bd4travel

    Airport services provider dnata (Dubai National Air Transport Association) has acquired a majority stake in bd4travel (Big Data for Travel), which provides artificial intelligence-driven IT systems. The acquisition is effective immediately, with no interruption to the services offered by bd4travel.

  • IATA calls for greater clarity on Brexit plans

    Both the European Union (EU) and the British government need to provide more details on contingency plans for Britain’s increasingly likely chaotic exit from the EU, International Air Transport Association (IATA) officials told its annual media gathering in Geneva on December 12. IATA flagged

  • Brandenburg to strengthen cargo infrastructure

    The long-delayed Berlin Brandenburg International Airport is to build three new freight facilities and use a new, longer runway to boost its cargo profile, an official at operator FBB has told Jane’s . Torsten Jueling, FBB air cargo product manager, said that express freight forwarders FedEx,

  • AI exercises help with proactive disruption management

    The commercial aviation industry is improving how it recovers from disruptive events – but can it improve its predictive models? Amid ever-increasing demand, large international hubs are under constant pressure to cram more passengers and flights into finite physical infrastructure. In this

  • Music City hits a high note

    Construction is set to start of a new International Arrivals Terminal (IAT) and an expanded terminal lobby at Nashville International Airport, the largest components of a six-year long project called BNA Vision with a budget in excess of USD1 billion. The lobby expansion and IAT will encompass

  • Peel to sell majority stake in Durham Tees Valley

    Durham Tees Valley Airport in the UK is returning to public ownership after the local Tees Valley Authority reached terms with Peel Airports to acquire an 89% stake for GBP40 million (USD50.9 billion), using funds devolved from central government. Chairman Robert Hough said that an “agreement

  • SITA to help Heathrow improve its telecommunications network

    SITA will continue to provide IT and telecommunications outsourcing services for Heathrow Airport under a new service contract worth an undisclosed amount. The contract will be phased in at Heathrow over the next 16 months, with the aim of transforming the Heathrow Tower (the vast communication

  • AOT profits soar on low-cost boom

    Airports of Thailand (AOT) posted a 21.69% increase in profits to THB25.17 billion (USD764 million), from revenues of THB60.53 million, for the year ended 30 September 2018. In an official report published on its website, AOT noted that rapid expansion of the low-cost airline industry has seen

  • LaGuardia unveils new Terminal B concourse

    New York LaGuardia opened a new 11-gate concourse in Terminal B on 1 December, as part of a broader overhaul to add 72 gates in six concourses as well as two new arrival and departure halls. The new USD4 billion Terminal B replaces an obsolete terminal dating from the 1960s. It will have 35 gates,

  • UK and US seal post-Brexit open skies deal

    The UK and US governments sealed a new air services agreement on 28 November that will be effective from 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). The open skies arrangement replaces an existing EU–US accord. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) stated that the deal

  • Brandenburg operator pledges 2020 opening – even if Lufthansa is absent

    The CEO of Berlin Brandenburg operator FBB reassured attendees at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) World Aviation Outlook Summit in Berlin on 27–28 November that Terminal 1 of the long-delayed airport will open in October 2020, with Terminal 2 in 2022. Engelbert Luetke Daldrup

  • Munich and Carlyle Group combine to pursue US opportunities

    The international subsidiary of Munich Airport has joined forces with CAG Holdings, the airport investment business within The Carlyle Group, to form a new US-based joint venture (JV) called Reach Airports LLC. The JV will offer training, consulting, and airport management services in Canada,

  • Muscat International Airport invests in technological enhancements

    The new USD5 billion Muscat International Airport project, the largest in Oman, is leading the way in technological developments. The new complex boasts 3D curved trusses steel structures within the Passenger Terminal Building, which required two crawler cranes with a 1,600-tonne capacity for the

  • Haneda to open ANA Terminal

    All Nippon Airways (ANA) have announced that a new satellite terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport Terminal 2 will be opened on 10 December. The 4,100 m 2 building will cater for passengers departing from gates 46, 47, and 48. According to ANA senior vice-president Shigeru Hattori,

  • Murcia due to start operations in mid-January

    Murcia International Airport in southeast Spain will begin operations with flights to 12 different destinations from 15 January, the regional government announced on 23 November. Nine of the initial links will be with the UK, two with Belgium, and one with Ireland, said regional spokeswoman and

  • China to accelerate construction of world-class airport cluster in Pearl River Delta

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) signed a framework agreement of strategic co-operation with Guangdong province in early November, aimed at stimulating construction of an industry-leading airport cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. The CAAC will deliver a

  • Ürümqi to grow by 2030

    The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved a CNY42.1 billion (USD6.06 billion) airport expansion project at Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, for completion in 2030. The expanded airport will handle up to 63 million passengers and 750,000 tonnes of cargo

  • SITA describes Chinese IT spending surge

    Investment in technology at Chinese airports continues to surge amid rising air travel demand, according to SITA. Its 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China report surveyed 70% of airports and 64% of airlines from mainland China. The report found that 94% of airlines and airports are planning

  • Europe faces regulatory clash over emissions

    EU concerns about CORSIA remain as national legislative notification to ICAO looms As a core of hardline green European countries prepares to notify divergence in their national legislation from the ICAO’s proposed Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA),

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