• Casarrubios plan would ease pressure on Barajas

    A proposed second airport for Madrid was announced on 17 October by developers Air City Madrid Sur, with the aim of entering service by 2023. It would cost about EUR148 million (USD170 million) to convert the small airfield at Casarrubios near El Alamo, about 30 km southwest of Madrid, into a

  • French researchers create optical illusion to cut bird-strike risk

    Researchers at the Éthologie Animale et Humaine (Ethos) laboratory in the University of Rennes in France, working with Airbus, have designed a visual pattern to deter birds of prey (raptors) from high-risk areas around airports. Raptors are one of the most common victims of bird strikes on

  • Gatwick suggests standby runway conversion

    Gatwick Airport could convert its existing standby runway to full use in one of three scenarios in its new draft Master Plan released on 18 October. The document outlines options for future growth at Gatwick, despite the preference of the UK government for a third runway at Heathrow. One

  • Global strategy motivates TCR

    Already dominant in Europe, the independent GSE owner is setting its sights further afield, as concepts such as equipment pooling take hold and new asset accounting rules enter into force Belgium-based TCR International specialises in turnkey leasing, pooling, maintenance, and fleet management

  • MAG seeks to improve passenger experience with Silicon Valley tie-up

    Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has formed a partnership with Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based technology accelerator. The purpose of the collaboration is to give MAG influence over new innovations in the travel industry so it can leverage these technologies to improve the travel experience.

  • OmniServ replaces Swissport at Stansted

    After a competitive tender, OmniServ (operating as Blue Handling) is to replace Swissport as the ground-handler for Ryanair at London Stansted Airport, effective from 1 February 2019. Work at the largest Ryanair base will include check-in, baggage, and ground operations. Swissport will continue

  • Oslo shortens walking times to eight gates

    The Norwegian subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp has begun installing a moving walkway on the pedestrian footbridge that links Pier A (South Pier) and Pier B (West Pier) at Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The walkway from ThyssenKrupp Rulletrapper will shorten the walking time between the eight gates that are the

  • Seattle adds more dining options

    Under its ongoing Central Terminal Expansion programme, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport plans to add a 10,000 sq ft (930 m 2 ) mezzanine level to accommodate two new full-service restaurants. The USD17 million project will be paid for from the Airport Development Fund. These additions –

  • Kuala Lumpur doubles SBD units

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport is doubling the number of SITA Scan&Fly self-bag drop (SBD) units for AirAsia passengers in Terminal 2 (klia2) to 30. According to SITA, following the installation of 15 units earlier in 2018, average baggage drop times halved from 75 seconds to 30–40

  • Lufthansa eyes blockchain solutions

    The nine finalists for the Lufthansa/SAP Aviation Blockchain Challenge will present their solutions to Lufthansa Group management and an expert jury on 23 October. Since the challenge was announced in July by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub and SAP.iO Foundry, teams from 56 countries submitted a total

  • San Diego innovators test parking and baggage technologies

    Tests are under way at the Innovation Lab in San Diego International Airport, with an initial focus on airport parking technologies and ways to ease the passenger experience. For parking solutions, the concepts are an off-airport valet service and rental car valet by FreedomPark; a parking booking

  • Spanish company puts UAVs to work for runway inspections

    Spanish start-up Canard Drones, which pioneered the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect airport runways and navaids in Europe, is extending its services to the Americas by signing up an agent in Panama. In August 2017 Canard Drones won a deal from Aena Aeropuertos to monitor

  • US mandates private facilities in terminals for breastfeeding

    President Donald Trump has signed a mandate requiring all large and medium-sized US airports to provide private spaces for breastfeeding mothers by 1 October 2020. The airports will be obliged to provide a private area after the security checkpoint in each terminal for nursing mothers, including a

  • Eurocontrol reduces carbon footprint

    Eurocontrol plans to save up to EUR150,000 (USD173,700) annually in energy costs at its Brussels headquarters and flight management centre by using a new cooling system supplied by ENGIE. Honeywell provided the refrigerant for the cooling system, which is oil-free and non-ozone-depleting. The

  • HACTL adds solar power

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (HACTL) has installed 1,300 m 2 of solar panels on the roof of its SuperTerminal 1 facility in Hong Kong. The installation will feature 518 panels with the capacity to generate up to 160 kWp into the power grid. The system is being designed, installed, and

  • Poland envisages remote tower for Lodz

    The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) is inviting proposals from industry to meet its plans for a remote virtual tower (RVT) with integrated controller working position (iCWP) at Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport. With the RVT, controllers will not only be able to provide improved air

  • Schiphol prepares 5G mobile network

    Royal Schiphol Group is teaming up with mobile operators KPN, T-Mobile, and VodafoneZiggo to develop a 5G-ready indoor mobile network at Schiphol Airport. The new network of more than 30 antenna installations will be completed by 2020 in all arrival and departure halls, lounges, piers, the railway

  • Small UAV detection finds a mobile home

    Raytheon exhibited a mobile version of its Ground Based Detect And Avoid (GBDAA) capability, developed to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators with a real-time display of civil aircraft, at the ATCA annual convention in Washington, DC, in early October. Jack McAuley, Raytheon IIS

  • AeroMag orders Elephants

    Vestergaard Company has received an order for 19 Elephant BETA Flex-liner deicers from AeroMag. The BETA units, to be delivered in the coming weeks, will assist AeroMag in upgrading the elderly fleet of United deicing vehicles at Denver and Newark Liberty international airports. Elephant BETA

  • BETA displays new refueller

    BETA Fueling Systems unveiled its new 5,000-gallon capacity refueller during the International Airport Ground Support Expo in Las Vegas on 2–4 October. The refueller has an aluminium frame, with tanks available in aluminium or stainless steel or a combination of the two. The side modules are