• Emirates looks into robotic GSE

    Emirates is considering the adoption of semi-autonomous or fully robotic ground support equipment (GSE), as part of the Dubai Future Accelerators advanced technology programme. Dubai Future Accelerators attracted more than 4,000 applications in its first two editions since its launch in 2016.

  • Fraport and Lufthansa sign pact for cost-savings and future efficiencies

    Lufthansa and Fraport have for the first time signed a deal on short-term cost savings at Frankfurt Airport, the carrier's primary hub. "The agreement will also provide the basis for further discussions regarding a medium and long-term partnership," Lufthansa and Fraport announced on 5

  • GBAS moves to higher ground at Chennai

    The ground station for the pilot SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) at Chennai International Airport, which was damaged and submerged in floods in 2015, has been reinstalled at a higher level to prevent future waterlogging. SmartPath manufacturer Honeywell has also upgraded software

  • Half-year traffic stats encourage Aena

    Spanish airports handled more than 1 million flights in the first half of 2017, as Aena eyes another record year for passenger traffic. The 46 airports and two heliports in the majority state-run Aena network saw an overall 6.2% year-on-year rise in flights from 1 January to 30 June, reaching 1.01

  • San Diego to deliver food and retail products to passengers at gates

    In August 2017 San Diego International will be the first airport in the United States to give all passengers the opportunity to order food and other items from concessionaires and have the products delivered to them at their departure gates. The service will be based on an app called AtYourGate.


  • Green demands spark electrification

    Airports consume considerable quantities of energy for lighting and air conditioning of terminal buildings, power for baggage-handling systems, and power for aircraft gate systems. Ground operations for aircraft servicing also involve high-energy usage. Ben Vogel reports
  • Simulations deliver vital insights

    As computer simulation continues its rapid evolution, it has become a critical tool for planning, capacity analysis, and controller training. Lian Zhang reports
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  • Antonov could entice low-cost carriers to Gostomel

    Ukraine-based Antonov has formed a working group – with government backing- to explore the possibility of attracting low-cost passenger airlines to its airfield at Gostomel in northwest Kiev. As an ICAO Category 1-rated airport, Gostomel already serves cargo flights operated by Antonov
  • Indian UAV users flout the rules as regulator dawdles

    The DGCA has pledged to issue flexible operating rules but they remain unpromulgated – meanwhile, UAV operators simply ignore the existing blanket ban Intrusion by unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in and around Indian airports has caused security alerts, as experts warn of serious
  • CBP may benefit from automated avatar

    A researcher at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) has designed an automated screening kiosk to assist Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers as they process international arrivals at US airports. A computer-generated avatar delivers a series of questions to a passenger,



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