• ADB Safegate aids Riyadh

    Airfield lighting group ADB Safegate will in August 2017 begin to install a range of equipment to improve apron operations at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Trading & Construction Company (SATCO) awarded ADB Safegate a EUR5.5 million contract in August

  • Changi prepares to lift the curtain on T4

    An Open House event is being held at the new Terminal 4 (T4) in Singapore Changi on 7–20 August, after Takenaka Corporation completed construction under a SGD985 million (USD723 million) contract awarded in 2014. All 200,000 tickets for Open House have been taken, as operator Changi Airport

  • Emirates looks into robotic GSE

    Emirates is considering the adoption of semi-autonomous or fully robotic ground support equipment (GSE), as part of the Dubai Future Accelerators advanced technology programme. Dubai Future Accelerators attracted more than 4,000 applications in its first two editions since its launch in 2016.

  • Indian UAV users flout the rules as regulator dawdles

    The DGCA has pledged to issue flexible operating rules but they remain unpromulgated – meanwhile, UAV operators simply ignore the existing blanket ban Intrusion by unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in and around Indian airports has caused security alerts, as experts warn of serious

  • Antonov could entice low-cost carriers to Gostomel

    Ukraine-based Antonov has formed a working group – with government backing- to explore the possibility of attracting low-cost passenger airlines to its airfield at Gostomel in northwest Kiev. As an ICAO Category 1-rated airport, Gostomel already serves cargo flights operated by Antonov

  • CBP may benefit from automated avatar

    A researcher at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) has designed an automated screening kiosk to assist Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers as they process international arrivals at US airports. A computer-generated avatar delivers a series of questions to a passenger,

  • GAO puts behavioural screening back on the SPOT

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has criticised behavioural screening methods operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airports and other transport facilities. In a report released on 20 July 2017, the GAO argued that behavioural detection methods, employed until

  • Kansas City seeks privately funded terminal

    The municipal government of Kansas City, Missouri, has issued a Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/P) for a “qualified company” interested in designing, building and privately financing a single new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The deadline for responses is 27

  • Daxing stays on course after passing construction milestone

    The steel structure of the main terminal at Beijing Daxing International Airport was completed on 30 June 2017, suggesting that its operations will begin in 2019 as planned. Located 46 km south of the centre of Chinese capital, the airport is designed to relieve pressure on Beijing Capital

  • Fraport and Lufthansa sign pact for cost-savings and future efficiencies

    Lufthansa and Fraport have for the first time signed a deal on short-term cost savings at Frankfurt Airport, the carrier's primary hub. "The agreement will also provide the basis for further discussions regarding a medium and long-term partnership," Lufthansa and Fraport announced on 5

  • GBAS moves to higher ground at Chennai

    The ground station for the pilot SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) at Chennai International Airport, which was damaged and submerged in floods in 2015, has been reinstalled at a higher level to prevent future waterlogging. SmartPath manufacturer Honeywell has also upgraded software

  • Half-year traffic stats encourage Aena

    Spanish airports handled more than 1 million flights in the first half of 2017, as Aena eyes another record year for passenger traffic. The 46 airports and two heliports in the majority state-run Aena network saw an overall 6.2% year-on-year rise in flights from 1 January to 30 June, reaching 1.01

  • San Diego to deliver food and retail products to passengers at gates

    In August 2017 San Diego International will be the first airport in the United States to give all passengers the opportunity to order food and other items from concessionaires and have the products delivered to them at their departure gates. The service will be based on an app called AtYourGate.

  • Saudi Arabia opts for Aireon

    Air traffic in the Middle East will have an additional 244 million passengers a year on routes to, from, and within the region by 2035, according to an IATA 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast. In anticipation, air navigation service provider (ANSP) Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) will begin

  • Aberdeen opens new international arrivals facility

    Aberdeen International Airport in the UK has opened a new international arrivals hall, 50% larger than the previous facility, as the first phase of a GBP20 million (USD26 million) upgrade. The airport has also opened a new executive lounge offering runway views, food, and drink, including whisky. A

  • Billund expands data-mining platform

    Billund Airport is to implement a passenger flow platform from BLIP Systems. The open platform, delivered by Leidos, previously covered only the security process at Billund but will now also measure passenger flow and queue and dwell time throughout the airport. The expanded system enables the

  • Dublin gains new tower training simulator

    Entry Point North Ireland has opened a new air traffic control (ATC) tower simulator at its academy in the Dublin ATC centre. The simulator will be the platform for future aerodrome training for Irish controllers based at Dublin, especially given the plan to open a new runway in 2020. The core

  • Hensoldt snaps up Kelvin Hughes

    Hensoldt is poised to complete its acquisition of UK-based radar manufacturer Kelvin Hughes for an undisclosed price, after announcing a share purchase agreement with the latter’s parent company ECI Partners. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, pending anti-trust

  • Standoff detection problem attracts centimetric scanning solution

    Apstec Systems is seeking airport trials for its Human Security Radar (HSR) fully automated walkthrough scanner. The active centimetric radar device, which is the size of a large refrigerator, can scan several individuals on the move simultaneously. It is designed to deliver standoff, real-time

  • Cavotec changes hydrants to comply with new JIG standard

    Cavotec is retrofitting its fuel hydrant systems to meet the latest Joint Inspection Group (JIG) standard requiring fuelling pits to have covers that lie flat. The JIG Bulletin 90 requirement relates to the design of hydrant lids. Hydrant operators have until 31 December 2018 to ensure pit lids are