• 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

  • 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

  • Sovam pivots towards GSE leasing and refurbishment

    Sovam has been acquired by Irish leasing and investment firm Abbey International Finance Group. The value of the deal is undisclosed. The offer from Dublin-based Abbey was accepted by the current management of Sovam and its employees. Tim Rane, who has more than 25 years’ experience in

  • 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