• 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

  • Czechoslovak Group acquires ELDIS Pardubice

    Radar manufacturer ELDIS Pardubice has been acquired by holding company Czechoslovak Group (CSG), it was announced on 11 December. A 100% stake was purchased by CSG from ELDIS Pardubice’s owners and founders, transferring the company’s airport radar technology to the holding group that

  • Luciad acquired by Sweden’s Hexagon

    Belgian geospatial and software company Luciad was acquired by Sweden’s Hexagon, the two companies announced on 4 October. Luciad develops systems to help with the visualisation and analysis of geospatial information in real-time. The applications for the company’s software in the air

  • Midstream to unveil new lighting tower

    Midstream Lighting is to launch a mobile airfield lighting tower at inter airport Europe 2017 in Munich, fitted with specialised asymmetric light-emitting diode (LED) projectors designed to minimise glare and eliminate upward light. The tower is equipped with an extendable arm that can be raised up

  • Indra receives Danish radar contract

    Indra has been awarded a contract from Danish air navigation service provider Naviair to supply a co-mounted S-band primary surveillance radar and mode-S secondary surveillance radar for Billund Airport. Indra won the competitive tender against an unnamed competitor. The EUR3.07-million (USD3.66

  • Riga to join European A–CDM club

    Latvian air navigation service provider Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS) is seeking an industry partner to deliver an Airport – Collaborative Decision Making (A–CDM) platform for Riga International Airport, to include an Airport Operational Database (AODB). The deadline for bids is 25

  • Bosnian government backs Bihac development

    Bihac Golubic Airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which currently serves general aviation traffic, is to be expanded. ''As a sport-tourist airport, it is not attractive for low-budget airlines, so we plan to build a real international airport, which will operate throughout the year,"

  • Clariant and Huntsman set to complete 'merger of equals'

    Clariant announced on 27 July that it is on track to complete a USD20 billion “merger of equals” with Huntsman Corporation by December 2017 or January 2018. The new speciality chemicals company will trade as HuntsmanClariant. Clariant shareholders will own 52%, with Huntsman investors

  • 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

  • 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