• Congestion prompts Delhi operator to amend masterplan

    As Indian domestic traffic surges, overtaking projected air traffic and resulting in constraints from congestion in the air and on the ground, airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is seeking to add capacity at Indira Gandhi International airport with a revised masterplan.

  • Sri Lanka welcomes first A380

    Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), serving the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, received its first A380 arrival on 14 August 2017. An Emirates flight from Dubai landed on the recently resurfaced and upgraded runway at BIA. Emirates usually operates B-777s to Sri Lanka; while this flight was

  • Haneda to test Panasonic PRM technology

    Tokyo Haneda International Airport is to trial robotic electric wheelchairs from Panasonic. Passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs) will be able to input their destination into a smartphone, and the wheelchair will navigate the passenger through the terminal. The chairs are fitted with sensors to

  • Philippines shelves four projects

    The government of the Philippines has postponed four proposals from the private sector to build new airports for the capital, Manila. The administration is instead planning to deal in the short term with congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). All Asia Resources Reclamation

  • AirNav upgrades with Indra

    Indonesian air navigation service provider AirNav has selected Indra to upgrade air traffic control systems at three control centres: Palembang and Pekanbaru on Sumatra; and Tanjung Pinang in the Riau Islands. This follows an earlier contract with Indra to modernise three other centres: Jayapura,

  • IAI/ST team wins Changi baggage challenge

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has selected a robotic baggage-handling solution (BHS) from Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Lahav Division and ST Engineering as the winner of its Aviation Challenge 1 (AC1) competition. The CAAS invested SGD10.5 million (USD7.7 million) in the

  • Taiwan picks Comsoft AMHS

    The Air Navigation and Weather Services (ANWS) department of the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration has selected Comsoft Solutions to provide an Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) for the Taipei Flight Information Region (FIR). Taiwan will become the 16th country in the Asia-Pacific

  • U-Tapao faces delay

    The upgraded U-Tapao International Airport in Thailand may not begin full commercial operations until at least 2018, officials have told Jane's . "We are not sure about the schedule to open," said the official from the U-Tapao Airport Authority, adding that a full opening could take place

  • Çelebi seeks expansion in liberalised Indian ground-handling market

    India's ground-handling market is poised for change. After nine years of uncertainty, in May 2017 the Supreme Court of India cleared the way for liberalisation – confirming calls for reform in the 2016 National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). "The Directorate General of Civil Aviation

  • Changi prepares to lift the curtain on T4

    An Open House event is being held at the new Terminal 4 (T4) in Singapore Changi on 7–20 August, after Takenaka Corporation completed construction under a SGD985 million (USD723 million) contract awarded in 2014. All 200,000 tickets for Open House have been taken, as operator Changi Airport

  • 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

  • Daxing stays on course after passing construction milestone

    The steel structure of the main terminal at Beijing Daxing International Airport was completed on 30 June 2017, suggesting that its operations will begin in 2019 as planned. Located 46 km south of the centre of Chinese capital, the airport is designed to relieve pressure on Beijing Capital

  • 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

  • Commissioning of Krasnoyarsk Consolidated Centre tops recent deliveries by NITA

    Russian manufacturer NITA reports the successful commissioning of the automated air traffic management (ATM) system at Krasnoyarsk Consolidated Centre in Siberia. Krasnoyarsk is one of 13 consolidated ATM centres being developed to replace the existing 80 area control centres in Russia, under a

  • Singapore works on UTM

    Escalating demand in Singapore for cheap, high-tech commercial drones has prompted authorities in the city-state to develop an unmanned aerial system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system. A joint research centre called the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), led by Nanyang

  • Melbourne gains GBAS

    Airservices Australia has put into operation a SmartPath Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) from Honeywell at Melbourne Airport. This is the second installation of its type in Australia after SmartPath was first deployed at Sydney in 2014. GBAS uses satellite technology to enable precision

  • Auckland picks design consortium for integrated terminal

    Mott MacDonald has been selected to lead a design consortium for the combined domestic and international terminal at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. Work begins imminently, with the final design expected by early 2018. Team members include Grimshaw, Architectus, and Holmes Consulting. The scope

  • Colombo runway upgrade progresses with LED technology

    ADB Safegate has worked with airfield ground lighting (AGL) subcontractor CATIC-ENG China to supply, test, commission, and deliver light-emitting diode (LED) airfield lighting for the runway and taxiway at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. ADB Safegate also provided LED

  • Northrop Grumman to invest in new Australia facility

    Northrop Grumman announced on 15 May that it will invest AUD50 million (USD37 million) in developing a defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre in Sydney, Australia. The corporation said its Electronic Sustainment Centre of Excellence (ESCE) would be the "anchor tenant" in a

  • Arunachal Pradesh state government plans commercial operations at six reactivated ALGs

    The state government of Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India is actively encouraging commercial flights for regional connectivity from six upgraded Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs). The six ALGs are Ziro, Mechuka, Walong, Along, Pasighat, and Tuting. Two other ALGs are not