• 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

  • FAA creates UAV identification committee

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally established a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to help it create standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAS-ID ARC members are drawn from the UAV industry, civil aviation organisations,

  • Oakland IAB project moves towards completion

    Officials at Oakland International Airport have told Jane’s they expect to complete a USD45 million expansion of the Terminal 1 International Arrivals Building (IAB) in November 2017. Work began in August 2016 to add 14,000 ft2 to the existing structure. The project includes an extension to

  • Seattle enlists robot helper

    Seattle-Tacoma on 11 July became the latest international airport to trial robot technology for customer service in the terminal. A robot augments the work of Transportation Security Administration staff at Seattle by displaying and broadcasting information to help passengers move more smoothly

  • City police assume more responsibility at Chicago

    The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) issued a report on 12 July 2017 analysing security protocols and training at O'Hare and Midway airports, as it seeks to draw a line under the highly publicised ejection of a United Airlines passenger from a flight at O'Hare on 9 April. The report

  • KAIA Phase One approaches completion

    The first phase of expanding King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) – the principal airport serving passengers visiting the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia – is now 88% complete, according to KAIA officials in Jeddah. Trials of new systems are scheduled to begin in early 2018. The

  • BCIA teams up with IT giant Tencent

    Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) has signed a strategic agreement with Chinese internet firm Tencent, and the government-funded China Civil Aviation Science Popularisation Foundation, to develop cloud-based solutions that deliver faster and more accurate airport information for

  • Bechtel aids London City expansion

    London City Airport has named Bechtel as the main delivery partner for its GBP370 million (USD485 million) City Airport Development Programme (CADP), work on which is scheduled to begin in late 2017. Bechtel will support terminal expansion at London City, the addition of seven new aircraft stands,

  • Brussels backs subsidy for CDG rail link

    The European Commission (EC) is allowing the French government to help finance a new express railway line in Paris between Gare de l'Est and Charles de Gaulle International Airport, by levying a special fee on all CDG passengers except those in transit. This charge would be imposed in 2024, one

  • Gamekeeper arrives at Charles de Gaulle

    A Gamekeeper radar from UK-based Aveillant has been installed by DSNA Services at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, as a component of its Hologarde counter-UAV solution. The installation at Charles de Gaulle followed successful demonstrations of Gamekeeper at Le Bourget Airport during the Paris Air

  • Project financing completed for Madagascar concession

    A team of banks has finalised financial arrangements for private-sector investment in two airports in Madagascar. Since December 2016, Ravinala Airports has held a 28-year concession from the government of Madagascar to operate Nosy Be Airport and Ivato International Airport. The concession company

  • Concerns crystallise over impact of hard Brexit

    Key Points Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary warns a European Parliament hearing that hard Brexit would be “one of the great suicide acts in history” UK speakers call for comprehensive aviation deal with EU but European executives are more cautious, wary of competition from a

  • Elbit gains African order for J-MUSIC

    The J-Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (J-MUSIC) directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) counter-MANPADS solution from Elbit Systems has been selected by an unnamed African customer for installation onboard a VIP Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The one-year contract, valued at more than USD20

  • Malaysian customs agency advises on GST payments in duty-free shops

    The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has issued guidance on how the new goods and services tax (GST) in the country should be applied to duty-free sales. While a fixed list of goods, such as food, drink, cosmetics, electronics and jewellery, can be sold GST-free in these stores – for

  • OK computer: electronics restrictions are eased for more Middle Eastern carriers

    Royal Jordanian Airlines and Kuwait Airlines announced on 9 July 2017 that passengers flying to the United States can once again carry laptops and other large personal electronic devices into the aircraft cabin. US authorities imposed restrictions in March 2017 amid concerns that Islamist