• Interview: Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, VChain

    UK-based software company VChain has developed a blockchain-powered system for passenger identity verification. Its Identity Management Platform functions as a high-fidelity passenger record tool for airlines and airports, according to chief executive officer (CEO) Irra Ariella Khi. “If you

  • Cobham fined over Ukraine sanctions violation

    The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on 27 November that it had reached an agreement with Cobham over self-reported violations of sanctions placed against Russia’s Almaz-Antey. Under the agreement, Cobham will pay a civil penalty of

  • Groupe ADP augments its Innovation Hub

    France-based airport operator Groupe ADP is boosting its Innovation Hub strategy by investing in White Star Capital. Groupe ADP announced on 4 June that it will have a seat on the White Star Capital board, “which will enable it to play a full part in the fund’s decisions”. White

  • UK spaceports risk a failure to launch

    An important UK government grant announcement is months overdue and the pace of regulatory development hinges partly on the outcome of Brexit negotiations On 11 May, a space industry report calling for satellite launches from UK spaceports to be a priority was welcomed by the government, which

  • Fairfax picks up Carillion's Canadian assets

    Following the 15 January announcement that the UK division of Carillion was to enter liquidation, Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings announced on 5 February that it will acquire certain elements of the service company’s Canadian business. As a result of failed talks with shareholders

  • Jacobs Engineering completes CH2M Hill acquisition

    US engineering firm Jacobs Engineering has completed the acquisition of UK engineering firm CH2M Hill, the two companies announced on 18 December. The deal, valued at USD3.27 billion, comprises USD2.85 billion in cash and about USD416 million of CH2M’s net debt. News of the acquisition was

  • Shortlist revealed for IHS Jane’s ATC Awards 2016

    With seven weeks to go before the winners of the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 are announced, the judging panel has narrowed down 46 entries across six categories. Winners and shortlisted nominees for the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 will be recognised at the awards ceremony on 7 March, held during the

  • German acceleration masks trouble at hubs

    Germany's full-year figures for 2015 are set to show continued growth in traffic, but airports are feeling the effects of legal constraints on infrastructure development German airports had good news to celebrate in 2015 as first-half figures showed a 4.4% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic

  • MH17 'shot down by Ukrainian SAM', claims Almaz-Antey

    Russian air defence system manufacturer Almaz-Antey claims to have evidence Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777 downed over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with the loss of all 298 on board, was destroyed by a Ukrainian 9M38M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) fired from a Buk-M1 (SA-11) system

  • Three share benchmark stake in Spain

    Enaire, the new state holding company for Spain's national airport network, has named three companies it has invited to become 'benchmark' investors in the privatisation process. Spanish group Corporación Financiera Alba, FAERCO, and The Children's Investment Fund of the United Kingdom, will

  • Civilian airliner crashes in Ukraine, believed to have been shot down

    A commercial aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines crashed with nearly 300 passengers on board while flying over the contested Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on 17 July. As of this writing it was unclear what caused the incident, but Ukrainian government officials stated that the aircraft was