• 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

  • Aberdeen opens new international arrivals facility

    Aberdeen International Airport in the UK has opened a new international arrivals hall, 50% larger than the previous facility, as the first phase of a GBP20 million (USD26 million) upgrade. The airport has also opened a new executive lounge offering runway views, food, and drink, including whisky. A

  • Billund expands data-mining platform

    Billund Airport is to implement a passenger flow platform from BLIP Systems. The open platform, delivered by Leidos, previously covered only the security process at Billund but will now also measure passenger flow and queue and dwell time throughout the airport. The expanded system enables the

  • Dublin gains new tower training simulator

    Entry Point North Ireland has opened a new air traffic control (ATC) tower simulator at its academy in the Dublin ATC centre. The simulator will be the platform for future aerodrome training for Irish controllers based at Dublin, especially given the plan to open a new runway in 2020. The core

  • Hensoldt snaps up Kelvin Hughes

    Hensoldt is poised to complete its acquisition of UK-based radar manufacturer Kelvin Hughes for an undisclosed price, after announcing a share purchase agreement with the latter’s parent company ECI Partners. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, pending anti-trust

  • Standoff detection problem attracts centimetric scanning solution

    Apstec Systems is seeking airport trials for its Human Security Radar (HSR) fully automated walkthrough scanner. The active centimetric radar device, which is the size of a large refrigerator, can scan several individuals on the move simultaneously. It is designed to deliver standoff, real-time

  • Cavotec changes hydrants to comply with new JIG standard

    Cavotec is retrofitting its fuel hydrant systems to meet the latest Joint Inspection Group (JIG) standard requiring fuelling pits to have covers that lie flat. The JIG Bulletin 90 requirement relates to the design of hydrant lids. Hydrant operators have until 31 December 2018 to ensure pit lids are

  • Bechtel aids London City expansion

    London City Airport has named Bechtel as the main delivery partner for its GBP370 million (USD485 million) City Airport Development Programme (CADP), work on which is scheduled to begin in late 2017. Bechtel will support terminal expansion at London City, the addition of seven new aircraft stands,

  • Brussels backs subsidy for CDG rail link

    The European Commission (EC) is allowing the French government to help finance a new express railway line in Paris between Gare de l'Est and Charles de Gaulle International Airport, by levying a special fee on all CDG passengers except those in transit. This charge would be imposed in 2024, one

  • Gamekeeper arrives at Charles de Gaulle

    A Gamekeeper radar from UK-based Aveillant has been installed by DSNA Services at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, as a component of its Hologarde counter-UAV solution. The installation at Charles de Gaulle followed successful demonstrations of Gamekeeper at Le Bourget Airport during the Paris Air

  • Concerns crystallise over impact of hard Brexit

    Key Points Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary warns a European Parliament hearing that hard Brexit would be “one of the great suicide acts in history” UK speakers call for comprehensive aviation deal with EU but European executives are more cautious, wary of competition from a

  • Elbit gains African order for J-MUSIC

    The J-Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (J-MUSIC) directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) counter-MANPADS solution from Elbit Systems has been selected by an unnamed African customer for installation onboard a VIP Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The one-year contract, valued at more than USD20

  • Finland advances towards zero emissions

    Finavia is claiming strong progress on emissions reduction at Helsinki-Vantaa International and the other 20 airports in its portfolio. The Finavia climate programme targets zero CO2 emissions from airport operations by 2020. In 2016, its airports produced 32,000 tonnes of CO2 – an average

  • Finland continues WAM/ADS-B implementation

    Frequentis Group company Comsoft Solutions has provided Quadrant sensors and transmitters to Air Navigation Services (ANS) Finland, as part of a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) project to cover more than 80% of Finnish airspace. The final

  • HoloLens helps to visualise airspace around Heathrow third runway

    Indra has used Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality technology to model airspace around a future Heathrow Airport with a third runway. HoloLens is a self-contained, head-worn holographic computer - the first in the world, according to Microsoft - that runs on Windows 10. Users can engage with digital

  • JBT to buy AMSS

    JBT Corporation of the United States announced on 12 June 2017 that it is to acquire privately owned, UK-based Aircraft Maintenance Support Services Ltd (AMSS) for about GBP10 million (USD13 million). The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. AMSS will operate within the JBT

  • Court ruling hands a reprieve to Vienna third runway

    The Austrian Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) on 29 June 2017 overruled an earlier ban on building a third runway at Vienna International Airport. Court president Gerhard Holzinger announced that the judges found that the previous verdict in February 2017 by the Federal Administrative Court (FAC)

  • DFS trains UK controllers

    German air navigation service provider (ANSP) DFS is to start training UK air traffic controllers. The course, which begins on 3 July at the DFS Air Navigation Services Academy, will be the first to allow new controllers to receive their UK licences after ab initio training in a foreign country.

  • Coflight partners seal maintenance and support deal

    Participants in the Franco-Italian Coflight flight data processing (FDP) system announced a long-term maintenance and support services contract on 22 June 2017 during the Paris Air Show. DSNA, ENAV, Thales and Leonardo stated that the six-year contract, worth an undisclosed amount, "will cover

  • Gatwick obtains carbon-neutral status

    Gatwick Airport has obtained carbon-neutral status under the ACI Europe Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Achievement of the Level 3+ ranking follows the adoption of 100% renewable electricity by the UK airport, as well as Gold Standard carbon offset credits. Gatwick is pursuing ambitious