• Blockchain is a hot topic — but not a panacea for cybersecurity

    A clearer understanding is needed of the benefits to be gained from blockchain technology To paraphrase Charles Dickens, these are the most exciting times and the most troubling times in the digital world. As technology advances and proliferates, it offers new opportunities to share information

  • Brussels accepts Luton stake sale

    The European Commission has approved the sale by Ardian of its 49% stake in London Luton Airport to the UK division of Australian investment firm AMP Capital. Aena owns the remaining 51%. AMP Capital already controls 49% of Newcastle International Airport and 100% of Leeds Bradford Airport, but the

  • Greenfield Maharashtra build set to finish

    Construction work is scheduled to end in July 2018 on a new regional airport at Chipi-Parule in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Built by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt Ltd on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Sindhudurg

  • GroundStar includes specific PRM module

    INFORM has developed a new module for providers of services for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) who use its GroundStar ground-handling software suite. “The number of PRMs is increasing and operators now have more service level agreements in place,” explained Jan Willem Kappes,

  • Heathrow tests RFID tags for trolleys

    Heathrow has completed a bag trolley proof-of-concept trial involving RFID tags, as the technology continues to make inroads into the airport sector. Vero Solutions applied inexpensive passive RFID tags to trolleys at Heathrow, and then installed readers at chokepoints such as doorways, racking

  • Edmonton signs deal for renewable jet fuel

    Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NextStep Renewable Energy Inc (NSRE) to co-operate in constructing a processing facility in the western province of Alberta. Under the MOU, NSRE will join the EIA-based Alberta Aerospace and

  • EIB plans loan for Venice expansion

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) intends to lend EUR150 million (USD174 million) to SAVE Spa, the operator of Venice Marco Polo International Airport, to help fund a EUR478 expansion programme. EIB support will help SAVE expand and improve its terminal and airside facilities to cope with forecast

  • Electronic device scanning draws civil rights ire

    Civil rights groups in the United States are seeking to secure court rulings to limit electronic device searches by customs and border security agents at international borders, including airports. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and other groups

  • FAA approves Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex plan

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex ATM project, which is one of the key building blocks in the NextGen airspace management modernisation programme. The FAA plans to phase in the new system immediately, with work continuing until September 2018.

  • FAA issues first tranche of new fiscal year AIP grants

    US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced grants totalling USD677 million under the federally funded Airport Improvement Programme (AIP). A total of 241 grants are funding 346 infrastructure projects to modernise runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals at airports throughout the

  • Ilan Ramon completes anti-rocket fence

    Preparations continue to open the greenfield Ilan Ramon International Airport in Israel in December 2018, with completion of a 30 m-high security fence designed to withstand potential rocket attacks. A major drill is scheduled for the end of June to test the efficiency of the emergency services,

  • Paris operator to order jet blast barriers

    Groupe ADP, operator of Paris Charles de Gaulle, has issued a tender for supply and installation of apron jet blast barriers. The deadline for bids on the six-year contract is 16 July. Groupe ADP expects to shortlist six contenders.

  • Philadelphia weathers multiple storms

    The US airport used new de-icing equipment to deal with a challenging winter Philadelphia was punished in March 2018 by four coastal storms with ‘thundersnow’ that blanketed the area, including Philadelphia International Airport, with snow and sleet. On 20 March alone –

  • UNODC and ICAO sign anti-crime accord

    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen air transport sector efforts against transnational organised crime and terrorist groups. The two agencies are to develop a joint

  • Alleged Belize scam leads to charges

    A New York financier has been charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, having allegedly misappropriated up to USD6 million from a USD21 million Belize airport investment fund. The money had been earmarked to build an international airport in Placencia. The accused, Brent

  • ICAO and CTED agree counter-terror strategy

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) have signed an agreement to boost co-operation and information-sharing on border controls, aviation security, and counter-terrorism. ICAO and the CTED will now develop an anti-terror joint

  • TCR assists Safeair

    Ground-handler Safeair is renting ground support equipment (GSE) from TCR, as it switches to green energy at Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Malaysia. Safeair intends to turn 90% of its GSE fleet to electric/battery power, and TCR has already transferred most of the rental units to the

  • US extends ACAS to all inbound cargo flights

    All airlines carrying cargo into the United States must abide by the terms of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, after new rules went into force on 12 June. ACAS provides the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with information in

  • Central Asian republics maintain expansion tempo

    Airport infrastructure continues to expand in Central Asian ex-Soviet republics that have recorded annual GDP growth rates of 6–7% in the last two years. In 2017, airports in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan posted passenger growth of 48% and 13% respectively. In Turkmenistan, the Ministry of

  • EU law to strengthen EASA moves closer

    The European Parliament (EP) adopted on 12 June the European Union (EU) package of aviation rules to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), change how black box data is transmitted, and, above all, give a stronger regulatory mandate to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The legislation