• Menzies deepens Air China relationship at Los Angeles

    Menzies Aviation has won a three-year contract renewal for a full range of cargo-handling services with Air China at Los Angeles International Airport. The value of the deal was undisclosed. This continues a relationship dating back to 2001. Menzies Aviation is the largest ground-handling partner

  • Nepal explores alternatives amid TIA problems

    Problems continue at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Nepal after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) cancelled a tender for expansion in December 2018. TIA faces severe capacity constraints, partly because of its location near mountainous terrain 4 km from the Nepalese capital,

  • Toyota and ANA trial autonomous baggage tractors

    Toyota Industries Corporation and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are collaborating on the first tests of autonomous tractors at a Japanese airport. The two-week trial at Saga Airport is scheduled to start at the end of March. The prototype Toyota tractors will run a course of about 100 m as the

  • Vanderlande set for FLEET trials in Hong Kong

    Vanderlande is to field its FLEET automonous guided vehicle solution for baggage logistics at one of the busiest hub airports in the world, after sealing an innovation partnership agreement with Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK). Initial trials at Hong Kong International Airport are expected to

  • Atlanta retains its crown amid US growth trend

    Major international airports in the United States reported record annual passenger volume in 2018. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International retained its status as the busiest airport in the country by throughput – and the busiest in the world: a title held since 2000 – with 107.3

  • First SVIP projects reach fruition

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has reported the successful transition of start-up solutions in 2018 under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Tamr developed the first project to graduate from SVIP to the field, with a software

  • Ranatunga outlines plans for Sri Lankan infrastructure

    The Sri Lankan government continues to plan new air transport infrastructure growth as the island marks 10 years since the end of its decades-long civil war. Airline passenger traffic totalled 8.5 million in 2018 but is forecast to reach 21 million by 2035, said Transport and Civil Aviation

  • Traffic dips at Rio

    Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport in Brazil reported a fall in full-year passenger traffic and fewer aircraft movements in 2018. A total of 15 million passengers used Galeão, marking a 7.6% year-on-year decrease. Take-offs and landings fell by about 10,000 (or 8.3%) to 110,164.

  • US missile-defence systems to protect Indian head of state

    The US State Department has approved the USD190 million sale of counter-missile systems for two specially equipped B-777-300ERs, to be used to transport the Indian Prime Minister or President. Boeing is the prime contractor on the project, which includes two self-protection suites that each

  • Afghanistan hustles in pursuit of 2033 vision

    The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) is moving rapidly to build up its regulatory and technological capabilities for airspace management, despite the ongoing military conflict in the country. A national economic development strategy for 2019–33 envisages an “important

  • Aireon ‘weeks away’ from going live

    Aireon has reported it is close to reaching full operational status for its eponymous space-based ADS-B system after it formally took control of the final hosted payloads on Iridium NEXT satellites on 7 February. “Now that we have full control over every ADS-B payload in orbit, we are just

  • Israel lays down the law on UAV hobbyists

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) is set to launch a registration scheme for civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. Any hobbyist buyer of a UAV will be required to register it online on a CAAI database, for an NIS30 (USD8) fee; pass an online test; and mark the UAV with a

  • New Casablanca T1 includes IER self-service systems

    IER has provided 30 self-service check-in kiosks and 12 self-service bag drop (SBD) units for the newly renovated and modernised Terminal 1 (T1) at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. The IER 919 check-in kiosks and i820 SBD units (the first to be installed at an airport) will provide

  • Schiphol seals long-term construction deals

    Schiphol Group has signed long-term contracts worth a total of up to EUR3.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) with three Dutch construction firms. BAM Infra BV, Heijmans Utiliteit BV, and VolkerWessels will carry out a series of projects at Amsterdam Schiphol, lasting no later than 2028. The work will focus

  • Biometric exit arrives in Miami

    Passengers on Lufthansa Flight 461 from Miami to Munich can now board with biometric exit technology instead of a boarding pass and passport. Under a partnership between Miami International Airport, Lufthansa, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and SITA, a photograph taken at the boarding gate

  • Europe-wide demand reaches record levels but trouble may lie ahead

    Passenger traffic at European airports increased by 6.1% in 2018 to reach a new full-year record total of 2.34 billion, according to figures released by ACI Europe on 6 February. Airports in non-EU countries grew at a faster rate (8.3%) than the EU-wide average of 5.4%. Aircraft movements

  • IATA describes global freight slowdown

    Full-year data released by the International Air Transport Authority ( IATA) on 6 February shows that air cargo demand grew by just 3.5% in 2018, compared with 9.7% in 2017. Air cargo volume worldwide (measured in freight tonne kilometres – FTKs) benefited from stronger e-commerce demand, but

  • NBEC test programme kicks off with Blackstart flights

    Cranfield Airport in the UK announced on 6 February that it has hosted the first test flights for the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC), involving a Blackstart unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd. Blue Bear conducted multiple 3 km

  • Cairns T2 upgrade work set to start

    First-stage construction work on the Cairns Airport Terminal 2 (T2) upgrade project will begin on 11 February, after local firm Hutchinson Builders was awarded the AUD55 million (USD39.8 million) contract. The project is due for completion in late 2020. T2 (the domestic terminal at the Australian

  • Dnata adopts RMS in Dubai

    Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata) has implemented a new resource management system (RMS) for its operations at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central airports. The new software platform and analytics are intended to help the company optimise operations and efficiently