• Aena to start Brazil concession in 2020

    The international division of Aena Aeropuertos is due to begin operating its concession for six airports in northeast Brazil from January 2020 and it plans to spend about EUR500 million (USD557 million) on upgrading them during the 30-year term, the company announced on 28 May. Before the full

  • AirAsia trials facial recognition for boarding

    Sertis has launched a new artificial intelligence- (AI)-driven facial recognition system, and the Thai company is working with AirAsia to test it in boarding systems at two Malaysian airports. The Face Scan solution will be trialled at Senai and Kuching international airports before an expected

  • Cargo sector keeps its cool

    IATA certification requirements are driving development of new processes and equipment to handle time- and temperature-sensitive products The air cargo market is in a state of flux that reflects its reliance on stable global economic conditions. The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

  • Surface treatment fights checkpoint bacteria

    SecurityPoint Media (SPM) has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with fellow US company Microban International, an anti-microbial and odour control technology specialist, to clean up security checkpoint trays. The two partners are introducing new security checkpoint trays that are

  • US continues to tackle PFAS

    The Trump administration may be keen to roll back environmental legislation, but several US states are moving to address the contamination associated with airport firefighting Authorities in California and five other US states are pushing forward with plans to collect data on contamination from a

  • Harbin unveils new T3 design

    Beijing-headquartered MAD Architects has revealed its snowflake-shaped design for the new Terminal 3 (T3) at Harbin Taiping International Airport in Heilongjiang Province, northern China. The design envisages a 918,500-m 2 terminal on a 3,300-ha site that also includes ancillary facilities such as

  • Interview: Patti Chau, Regional Director, ACI Asia-Pacific

    Airports Council International (ACI) will lose its long-standing Asia-Pacific regional director at the end of the year. After serving in the post since November 2011, Patti Chau is returning to her home town of Vancouver, Canada, from Hong Kong where she has been based for the past 15 years. She

  • Rome operator signs up for smart energy programme

    Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) has become the first airport operator to join the EP100 smart energy initiative from The Climate Group. ADR, which runs Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in the Italian capital, aims to increase energy productivity by 150% in 2026, compared with a 2006 baseline. “This

  • Schiphol places faith in sustainable kerosene production

    Royal Schiphol Group is to invest in the construction of the first sustainable kerosene plant in Europe, which is due to come online near Amsterdam Schiphol in 2022. The plant will be constructed by SkyNRG, a specialist in sustainable fuels for the aviation industry, and it will focus on the

  • Amadeus completes biometric trials at Ljubljana

    Software provider Amadeus has teamed up with Ljubljana Airport, Adria Airways, and LOT Polish Airlines to test a biometric boarding solution, which is scheduled for release by the end of this year. The platform is designed to work across all identity verification points, such as check-in, and

  • Fraport entrenches in Lima

    Fraport announced on 24 May that it has increased its majority stake in Lima Airport Partners (LAP), operator of Jorge Chavez International Airport, from 70.01% to 80.01% after acquiring an additional 10% interest in the Peruvian airport from AC Capitales. The value of the deal was undisclosed.

  • MAHB leases two Renault ZOEs for Kuala Lumpur

    Plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be aided by the addition of two Renault ZOE electric vehicles (EVs). Each ZOE can operate for 210 km before requiring a recharge, which takes about one hour. KLIA operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB)

  • Narita hosts self-driving wheelchair tests

    All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Panasonic have teamed up to test a new generation of self-driving electric wheelchairs at Tokyo Narita International Airport. An ANA spokesperson told Jane’s that a test schedule is “under co-ordination”. The chairs, designed by Panasonic and Japanese

  • Singapore air taxi tests to run from special terminal

    A EUR1.5 million (USD1.7 million) temporary Volo-Port terminal for the Volocopter air taxi is to be built in Marine Bay, Singapore, by late 2019 for flight and customer experience testing. The urban air mobility (UAM) terminal will be a single take-off and landing point for Volocopter flight tests,

  • Eurocontrol conference discusses how to blend AI into aviation

    How should air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airports, and airlines introduce artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into their operations to exploit the performance improvements that AI offers while not disrupting legacy operations? According to industry leaders meeting on 23 May in

  • Jamaican operator plans rooftop solar installation

    MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has issued a public tender for an engineering, procurement and construction contractor to build a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation system. Bids are due by 14 June. Solar PV would enable MBJ

  • LAANC expansion continues

    More than 100 contract towers at US airports have been added in recent months to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which supports unmanned aircraft system (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System. The latest expansion brings to more than 600 the total

  • Sacramento picks Accipiter to monitor avian activity

    Sacramento International Airport is installing an avian radar system from Accipiter, with an expected entry into service in the summer 2019 season. Accipter was awarded a 12-month ‘radar-as-a-service’ contract to supply and install its patented 3D Total Coverage wildlife mitigation

  • Etihad ground-handling unit picks GroundStar

    Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airport Services (EAS) has ordered the modular GroundStar resource management system (RMS) from INFORM GmbH. The value of the deal was undisclosed. The GS Planning, GS Workforce Plus, and GS Real Time modules will be used by EAS – the ground-handling division of Etihad

  • INDECT aids car parking at Istanbul

    US-based INDECT Electronics and Distribution has completed what it described as the “the world’s largest camera-based parking guidance installation” at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Installation and rollout – carried out by a team of workers from Istanbul Airport operator