• 03-12-2018
    Airports deploying key ATM technologies to enhance Europe’s air traffic network
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    Through the SESAR Related Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG)’s support, Fraport Slovenija and Groupe ADP have been awarded Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding to contribute to the upgrade of Europe’s air traffic management system. Barbora Smolikova reports on the benefits of this funding for the enhancement of airport operations. Through the SESAR Related Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG)’s […]

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  • 03-12-2018
    Board approves master plan to develop Moscow Sheremetyevo
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    Board approves master plan to develop Moscow Sheremetyevo

    The Board of Directors has approved the multi-phase development of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

    It has given the green light for the construction and renovation of Terminal C (Phase 1) along with updated parking lot reconstruction plans.

    And it has rubber stamped plans to develop a rail station in the Northern Terminal Complex.

    The new master plan to 2024 has effectively commissioned the following objects:

    In 2019, the airport will construct a third runway, increasing the capacity of the airport from 55 to 90 aircracft movements per hour.

    Phase 1 of Terminal C construction will also finish in 2019, offering an annual capacity of 20 million passengers and multilevel parking for 2,500 vehicles.

    In 2020, the airport will add a hangar complex with an aircraft maintenance area to the third runway. The complex will feature at least seven hangars for our partner airlines, and process pads for specialised ground handling and airfield service vehicles.
    In 2021, Phase 2 of construction will begin on Terminal C, increasing its capacity by 10mppa, along with an additional 1,500 parking spots in the multi-level complex.

    The airport will also develop a railway and rail station in the Northern Terminal Complex, which will provide passengers with a direct connection from Central Moscow to Terminals B and C of SIA.

    JSC Russian Railways will lead the rail project for Sheremetyevo.

    In 2022, SIA will develop an apron for the third runway that will host more than 40 parking lots for aircraft. Developers will also construct a Sheremetyevo 'Moscow Cargo' terminal with a capacity to handle 380,000 tons of cargo annually.

    Chairman of the Board, Alexander Ponomarenko, noteds: "We determined the most important strategic milestones in the infrastructure modernisation and construction projects to be implemented in the Master Development Plan of Sheremetyevo International Airport until 2024.

    "This will ensure the long-term steady development of airlines and business partners for the benefit of our passengers and clients.

    "Implementation of the Master Development Plan will strengthen Sheremetyevo's position as the largest Russian airport, and as a competitive passenger and cargo hub in Europe and in the world.

    "The new infrastructure of Sheremetyevo Airport will contribute to the effective realisation of Russia's air transport potential."


  • 03-12-2018
    Groupe ADP invests in air traffic management optimisation start-up
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    Groupe ADP invests in air traffic management optimisation start-up

    Global airport operator, Groupe ADP, has purchased an equity stake in Innov'ATM via the ADP Invest fund dedicated to investing in new and innovative companies.

    This acquisition ties in with Groupe ADP's strategy of strengthening the operational performance of its airports' aeronautical activities.

    Optimising airport infrastructure capacity

    According to Groupe ADP, Innov'ATM has developed a software suite that optimises the air traffic around airport infrastructures, both in the air and on the ground using artificial intelligence algorithms.

    The software manages all aircraft movement on the runway during departure, as well as in flight on arrival as the aircraft approaches the airport.

    It says that this system reduces wait times on runways during take-off and landing through a highly visual interface adapted to each user.

    Innov'ATM was founded in France in 2014 by two experts in air traffic management software. 

    "A major challenge for airport infrastructure managers is the optimisation of airport capacity, which requires a highly efficient use of airspace, runways and aircraft parking areas, and which in turn helps to reduce air pollution," notes Groupe ADP.

    Innov'ATM is also currently developing a software suite for managing drone flights, in partnership with the French Civil Aviation Authority, Thales, and Groupe ADP.

    Raising €1 million in funds

    Groupe ADP is participating in a round of fundraising alongside the investment fund Irdinov (one of the company's long-term shareholders) with a target of €1 million.

    It hopes that this will enable Innov'ATM to accelerate its commercial and international development, strengthen its workforce, and pursue its research and development programme.

    "The investment will enable us to accelerate the co-development of innovative solutions and their future implementation," comments Groupe ADP

    "Global air traffic is expected to double by 2035. The optimisation of air traffic flows, both on the ground and in the air, is thus crucial to solving the growing issue of airport congestion."

    Edward Arkwright, Deputy CEO of Groupe ADP, adds: "It is essential that, as of today, we explore more efficient ways of dealing with the rapid growth of air transport, such as improving passenger capacity and air traffic management.

    "This is a challenge not only for Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, which has the potential to accommodate 75 million passengers by 2020, but for runways around the world, along with other issues such as reducing emissions.

    "Our critical fundraising efforts will enable entrepreneurs to accelerate their companies’ growth, global expansion and product development in collaboration with Groupe ADP, operating throughout our network of airports both in France and abroad.

    "The investment ties in closely with our ‘Innovation Hub’ programme, launched in March 2017, which seeks to establish strategic partnerships with new and innovative companies through our recently-created internal dedicated fund."

  • 22-11-2018
    Final call for DFNI Asia Awards entries
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    It is the last chance for stakeholders in the duty-free industry to be recognised as the best of the Asian market, as entry for the DFNI Asia Awards for travel-retail excellence in Asia closes on April 1. The Asia Awards will recognise excellence in the travel-retail and duty-free sectors across the entirety of the Asian and Middle ...

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  • 22-11-2018
    Cornwall Newquay Airport to get Heathrow service
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    Cornwall Newquay Airport to get Heathrow service

    Cornwall Newquay Airport has received a huge pre-Christmas present with the news that Flybe will launch direct daily services to London Heathrow from March 31, 2019.

    The airport has been seeking a non-stop connection to Heathrow for years, although its gain is Gatwick's loss as it will effectively replace Flybe's current service to the capital operated under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement.

    From March 31, 2019, Flybe will operate 78-seat Q400s on the route four times a day between Cornwall Newquay Airport (CAN) and the UK hub.

    “This is fantastic news for the airport, region and the greater South West of the UK,” comments Al Titterington, managing director of Cornwall Airport Newquay.

    “We have been working for many years to make sure that we have direct access to Europe’s busiest hub, and with this new service it opens not just a connection to the UK’s leading gateway, but also the world.

    “By having direct flights to Heathrow, it grows the strength of Newquay and Cornwall’s brand abroad, which is great for the local business community and those wanting to visit our beautiful county.”
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    Titterington goes on: “During the first eight months of 2018, over 119,000 passengers flew between Cornwall Newquay and Gatwick, a 12.8% increase over the same period of 2017.

    “While the Gatwick service will switch to Heathrow, the increased demand shows that CAN needs more services to the capital, and with Flybe offering up to four daily flights to Heathrow, up from three at the moment to Gatwick, we will be giving passengers an extra nine weekly departures to choose from.”

    Flybe flights will operate into Terminal 2, Heathrow’s premier and newest facility.

    According to the Cornish gateway, this will result in passengers having a smooth and pleasant travelling experience through the award-winning hub, along with easy connections to other terminals for connecting flights, plus direct access for Underground and Heathrow Express services into Central London.

    Heathrow CEO, John Holland Kaye, says: “We are delighted to secure a more regular service to Newquay, connecting exporters from Cornwall to global markets through Heathrow and making it easier for inward investors, tourists and students from all over the world to get there.

    "Following the successful launch in 2016 of an Inverness service, the UK’s two furthest mainland airports will now be connected to the UK’s biggest port.”

  • 22-11-2018
    Oman Airports celebrates Grand Opening of new Muscat International Airport
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    On 11 November, 2018, Oman’s 48th National Day, Muscat International Airport officially celebrated its Grand Opening ceremony, directed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Oman’s Council of Ministers. On 11 November, 2018, Oman’s 48th National Day, Muscat International […]

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  • 08-11-2018
    Birmingham Airport in the UK unveils draft master plan
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    Birmingham Airport in the UK unveils draft master plan

    Birmingham Airport in the UK today launched its draft master plan outlining proposals to invest £500 million over the next 15 years to raise its capacity to 18mppa by 2033.

    Called ‘The Midlands Gateway to the World’, the gateway's self-financed blueprint for the future involves improving, modernising and extending its facilities to raise its capacity and enhance the passenger experience.

    The airport claims that its proposals reinforce the integral part it plays as a catalyst for growth across the Midlands and in the UK’s economic prosperity.

    Indeed, it outlines the airport’s role in driving future economic benefit to the region, which it says will increase by 42%, totalling £2.1 billion a year and 34,000 jobs by 2033.
    Brum future
    The airport notes: "A greater choice of flights and destinations, alongside improved regional connectivity and a direct link to HS2, are vital to the continued growth of the region’s thriving economy.

    "The global markets to which the airport connects help to drive international trade, investment, employment, inbound tourism and the success of the region’s many universities. 

    "The airport will continue to improve air links for people in the region, providing more flights to cultural hubs, business centres and a greater choice of outbound holiday destinations. It will continue to expand the existing wide range of short-haul and long-haul scheduled and charter services and destinations, with both full-service and low-cost airlines."

    Building on existing commitments to sustainability and community support, the draft Master Plan demonstrates how desire to become one of Europe’s leading regional airports will be balanced with a responsibility to the environment and the people who live and work in the airport’s vicinity.
    Brum train
    It claims that its "ambitious yet sustainable plan" is focussed on addressing the key constraints to more rapid growth.

    This, it says, will involve a major expansion of the terminal facilities, the construction of additional new aircraft stands and working with national agencies and regional partners to deliver improved public and road transport surface access for passengers. 

    And it promises that all of the forecast demand growth is fully achievable on the existing single runway which has the physical capacity to handle 25 to 30 million passenger movements a year.

    Birmingham Airport's acting managing director, Simon Richards, says: “Birmingham Airport is already the preferred national and international aviation hub for the Midlands and our ambition is to build on this to become one of Europe’s leading regional airports, acting as a key economic accelerator, delivering great service to passengers, and helping to showcase the region.

    “Over the next 15 years, we will expand and significantly improve the airport to maximise our potential as a single runway airport by investing £500 million.
    Brum pax
    "Our plans take account of our forecast growth and will increase operational efficiency for our airlines and partners and improve the experience for our passengers.”

    Alongside the draft master plan, the airport will be consulting on a new draft 'surface acess strategy', which will outline how it will meet growth requirements and targets, as well as continuing to work in collaboration with transport bodies and operators.

    The launch of this draft Master Plan triggers the start of a 12-week public consultation for stakeholders to feed back their views on the airport’s Plans.

    Full details of the plan and how to feedback can be found

    The final version of the master plan will be published in early 2019.


  • 08-11-2018
    Turkish President opens new Istanbul Airport
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the first phase of the new Istanbul Airport (as it is now officially called) on 29 October – Turkish National Day, and the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. “The Istanbul Airport, with its architecture, construction, operation and financing, is a project which is a […]

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  • 08-11-2018
    Air BP invests in new fuelling infrastructure to supply Bergen Airport
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    Air BP has invested in upgrades to its fuel infrastructure at Dolvik terminal in Norway. The newly-upgraded terminal, which has the capacity to store eight million litres of aviation fuel, will deliver Jet A-1 via pipeline to Norway’s second-largest airport, Bergen. The investment will result in a more efficient, lower carbon fuel supply for customers. […]

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  • 02-11-2018
    The future is green
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    The future is green

    Airport World reports on some of the big stories to emerge from the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva.

    Airports continue to do their bit to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment, with ACI revealing that a total of 246 airports now use its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme to manage and reduce their carbon footprint.

    Speaking at the Air Transport Airport Group (ATAG) hosted Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, ACI World’s director general, Angela Gittens, said: “Airports around the world recognise that climate resilience and climate action are two sides of the same challenge.

    “With 48 new airports in the programme this past year, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has never seen such annual momentum. The 246 airports now accredited across the four levels of the programme welcomed 3.3 billion passengers last year, which represents 44.2% of global passenger traffic. All of those airports engaged in climate action voluntarily.”

    She added: “This collective effort is based on the airports industry making environmental stewardship a priority and it is making a difference. From May 2017 to May 2018, accredited airports succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 347,026 tonnes.

    “To put that achievement in perspective, it would take more than eight million trees planted over 10 years to absorb the equivalent amount of CO2€.”

    The 44 carbon neutral airports in the programme alone offset 672,000 tonnes of CO2 in residual emissions.

    In other news, the airlines and aircraft operators among the 300 delegates were reminded about the upcoming milestones for the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

    ATAG’s executive director, Michael Gill, said: “Operators will need to start monitoring fuel use and CO2 emissions from all international flights on January 1, 2019. This is just a few months away and, ahead of that milestone, an emissions monitoring plan needs to be developed and signed off by national authorities.

    “We are pleased that so many operators have already taken part in training provided by the IATA, alongside ATAG and the International Business Aviation Council. If your airline is not ready, more training will be available in the coming months and we encourage all of you to take full advantage now.”

    Delegates also learned that the global air transport sector today supports 65.5 million jobs and $2.7 trillion in global economic activity, according to the latest version of ATAG’s Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders report.

    Launching the report at the summit, ATAG’s Gill, said: “More people in more parts of the world than ever before are taking advantage of safe, fast and efficient travel. There are over 10 million women and men working within the industry to make sure 120,000 flights and 12 million passengers a day are guided safely through their journeys.

    “The wider supply chain, flow-on impacts and jobs in tourism made possible by air transport show that at least 65.5 million jobs and 3.6% of global economic activity are supported by our industry.”

    The report also looks at two future scenarios for growth in air traffic and related jobs and economic benefits. One, based on an open, free-trade approach, predicts that growth in air transport will support some 97.8 million jobs and $5.7 trillion in economic activity in 2036. However, if governments create a more fragmented world with isolationist and protectionist policies, it predicts that 12 million fewer jobs and $1.2 trillion less in economic activity would be supported by air transport.

    ACI World’s Gittens noted: “Airports are crucial links in the air transport value chain that drive economic and social benefits for the local, regional, and national communities they serve.”