• 19-08-2019
    Easyjet continues to expand at Glasgow Airport
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    Easyjet continues to expand at Glasgow Airport

    EasyJet is to base a fifth aircraft at Glasgow Airport, a move that is expected to create around 50 new jobs.

    The new A320 aircraft will remain based in Glasgow throughout the year, providing 340,000 more seats for passengers travelling to and from Glasgow.

    It joins two 156-seat Airbus A319 and two 186-seat A320 aircraft already serving the airline’s customers in Glasgow.

    The addition of the new aircraft will create around 50 jobs for Glasgow-based flight, cabin and ground crew.

    The airline also took the opportinty today to announce the March 2020 launch of a new route between Glasgow and Birmingham.

    The domestic city connection will operate 13 times a week throughout the year, with flights launching on 29 March 2020. 

    Today, easyJet is the largest airline in Glasgow and operates up to 294 flights a week across 19 routes.

    Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating our expansion at Glasgow Airport.
    "The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing customers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.

    “We are also very excited about launching our new route from Glasgow to Birmingham. This will provide even more great value and convenient domestic connectivity for our customers.

    “EasyJet has selected Glasgow as the focus of its growth in Scotland and we are excited about the future at Glasgow.”

    While Francois Bourienne, AGS Airports Group’s chief commercial officer, said: “Both easyJet and Glasgow Airport have enjoyed a long and productive relationship since the airline’s inaugural flight landed here almost a quarter of a century ago.

    “Its plans to expand operations is fantastic news for both the airport and over one million passengers who travel with the airline from Glasgow each year.

    “This is a significant investment given that the introduction of a fifth based aircraft brings with it an additional 340,000 seats annually and will support approximately 50 new jobs at Glasgow Airport.

    “The additional aircraft not only puts Glasgow Airport on a course for future growth, but also underlines easyJet’s continued commitment to our passengers.

    “The introduction of easyJet’s new Birmingham route is also welcome news as services to England’s second biggest city continue to be very popular with both our business and leisure customers.”

  • 09-08-2019
    Moscow Sheremetyevo celebrates 60th anniversary
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    Moscow Sheremetyevo celebrates 60th anniversary

    Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) celebrates its 60th anniversary on Sunday. 

    Built as the main airdrome of the Soviet Air Force, it was later transformed into a civil airport, and handled its first commercial flight – a Tupolev 104 service from Leningrad – on August 11, 1959.

    Today, the airport handles more than 150,000 passengers daily and provides more than a thousand aircraft movements every 24 hours as it expects to accommmodate a record 50 million passengers in 2019.
    It is all a far cry from SVO's first full year of operations when just 270,000 passengers passed through its facilities.

    Historic highlights

    In 1961, SVO's Leningradsky Pavilion Terminal opened its 'Beryozka' (Birch) shop, the predecessor of modern duty-free, where many goods could be purchased for currency and rubles. Its offerings included a wide selection of predominantly imported goods not available in Russia.

    In 1964, the Sheremetyevo-1 airport complex was opened, which included the landing pavilion, which received the unofficial name of 'Shot Glass' and for many years was the architectural dominant and symbol of SVO.
    In 1967, the Trans-Siberian Airway through Sheremetyevo, equipped with radio facilities, was opened, the shortest route from Europe to China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

    In 1980, the airport organised a reception of participants of the Summer Olympic Games, on the threshold of which a new international airport complex Sheremetyevo-2 with modern jetways (now Terminal F) was commissioned.
    This terminal with numerous cafes and duty-free shops has become the hallmark of the airport, a window into the world for citizens of the USSR and a gateway to our country for millions of foreigners.

    More recently, the 2018 FIFA World Cup provided SVO with the oppotunity to showcase its new Terminal B to the world.

  • 09-08-2019
    Gatwick unveils five-year capital improvement programme
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    Gatwick unveils five-year capital improvement programme

    Gatwick has unveiled its new five-year Capital Investment Programme (CIP) which highlights more investment in automation and technology as an enabler of sustainable growth. 

    According to the UK gateway, new initiatives include robotic parking and automated boarding technology, which will speed up boarding and give passengers more choice about how they spend their time.

    Gatwick’s total investment since 2009, combined with this new five-year plan rises to £3.21 billion.

    The single biggest project to be delivered within the next five years is the Pier 6 western extension which will offer over half a million more North Terminal passengers the opportunity to embark and disembark their aircraft via a jetty-served stand, as well as improved gate waiting areas.
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    The design incorporates automated boarding technology which uses biometrics to process passengers through e-gates straight onto the aircraft.

    Similar projects successfully run by other VINCI Airports will provide inspiration for the Pier 6 extension’s coffee shops and retail, which will ensure passengers can enjoy these facilities right up to the point of boarding.

    The airport insists that "some exciting emerging projects that will be explored this year", include:

    • Significant expansion of both the international departure lounges in both North and South Terminals to create additional space for seating, retail and catering units, toilets and other passenger facilities. 

    • Biometric auto-boarding technology development and next phase of testing.

    • Main runway technology optimisation – new technology such as Time-Based Flow Management, which is already deployed at other UK airports offers the potential to increase the capability of the main runway, creating opportunities for resilience and growth.

    • Rapid Exit Taxiway–a new taxiway which allows aircraft to vacate the runway at the optimum location, enabling the best usage and operational performance. 

    • Robotic car parking – a trial will begin this autumn in South Terminal offering passengers all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and making more efficient use of existing car park space. 
    The CIP also continues Gatwick’s strong environmental commitment. By joining VINCI Airports’ global AirPact policy – the first-ever integrated environmental programme in the airport industry – Gatwick will share best practice with the rest of the network on a number of projects in the CIP, notably electric and hybrid vehicles and recycling facilities. 

    Gatwick’s CEO, Stewart Wingate notes: “We always put passengers at the heart of our investment plans and it’s great to see how automation and technology can further enhance the passenger experience.

    "The plans explore ways we can grow capacity sustainably, including providing more space in our departure lounges.

    "This investment will support our existing airlines, help attract new airlines and provide an enhanced service for the millions of people who choose to fly from Gatwick.
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    “We have outlined our long-term growth strategy in our final master plan and the Capital Investment Programme we are sharing today, gives a more detailed view of our short-term plans which will continue to improve our service proposition and lay foundations for the future.”

    Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, said: “Belonging to the world’s most extensive and diversified network of airports is a unique opportunity for each one to get inspiration and capture the best airport management worldwide.

    "As such, Gatwick’s Capital Investment Programme will benefit from sharing best practice through the VINCI Airports’ network and tap into the extensive expertise in programme management, customer experience and innovative new services such as robotic parking.

    “We look forward to participating in delivering this great project at Gatwick over the coming years, which is consistent with our global vision of contributing to a more accessible sustainable and passenger-focused experience.”


  • 09-08-2019
    Growth rate slows but traffic still rising at Europe's airports
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    Growth rate slows but traffic still rising at Europe's airports

    ACI Europe today revealed that passenger traffic continued its upward trajectory across the continent's airports in the first half of 2019, rising 4.3% despite a "range of economic, geopolitical and industry specific challenges".

    The rate of growth has slowed, however, compared to the same period in 2018 and ACI Europe believes air transport in Europe faces an uncertain outlook going forward.

    Air cargo continues to disappoint, declining by 3.5% in the first six months of 2019.
    ACI Europe director general, Olivier Jankovec, says: “Passenger traffic growth has certainly slowed this year compared to previous ones, but it still remains quite resilient – especially given the range of economic, geopolitical and other industry-specific challenges we are confronted with.

    "Slowing economic growth in Europe, trade wars and Brexit are not helping – and neither are rising fuel bills, ATM disruptions, airline consolidation and aircraft grounding and delivery delays.

    "Aircraft movements have been continuously slowing down – from +6.2% last December to just +1.6% in June. This shows just how risk averse airlines have become in terms of capacity deployment & network development.”

    He adds: “The slump in freight traffic is where it really bites at the moment. And it is not getting any better, with June registering a drop of -7.1% - the worst monthly performance in more than seven years.
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    "This does not bode well for the months ahead, especially as passenger traffic usually does not remain totally isolated from trends in freight traffic.”  

    The EU market maintained steady growth during H1, with passenger traffic performance holding steady between 4.5% to 5% on a month-by-month basis over the period.    

    Airports in Austria (+20%), Croatia (+10.5%) and Estonia (+10.5%) posted double-digit growth in H1, with those on Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Hungary and Romania also growing well above the EU average.

    Conversely, Bulgaria (-2.5%) and Sweden (-4.1%) reported passenger traffic declining while growth was flat in neighbouring Denmark (+0.3%).

    Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK significantly underperformed the EU average – with the latter further slowing down in June (+0.9%).  

    Accordingly, amongst larger/capital EU airports, the best results were achieved by Berlin TXL (+25.2%), Vienna (+23.9%), Tallinn (+10.5%), Dusseldorf (+10.4%), Milan Malpensa (+10.2%), London Luton (+9.6%), Riga (+9.5%) Luxembourg (+9.0%), Bucharest Otopeni (+8.2%), London City (+7.8%), Athens (+7.7%), Budapest (+7.5%) and Warsaw (+7.4%).
    Airports in the non-EU market grew at a slower pace in H1, mainly due to traffic losses in Turkey (-1.4% - as a result of the recession affecting the country) and Iceland (-20.3% - following the bankruptcy of WOW in the final days of March) as well as nearly flat growth in Norway (+0.9%).

    However, passenger traffic in Ukraine, Georgia, Albania and Northern Macedonia remained extremely dynamic, achieving double-digit growth.

    It is also worth noting that passenger traffic in Turkey improved in Q2 and ended up posting an impressive +7.1% growth in June - signaling a recovery.

    The best performances amongst larger/capital non-EU airports came fromKyiv-Boryspil(+20.1%), Moscow-Sheremetevo (+14.1%), Moscow-Vnukovo (+13.8%), Antalya (+13.4%), Pristina (+12.5%), Tbilisi (+11.7%), Tirana (+11.1%), and Saint Petersburg (+10.3%).




  • 05-08-2019
    London City Airport enjoys its busiest ever month
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    London City Airport enjoys its busiest ever month

    Strong growth on leisure routes including Mykonos, Skiathos and Florence helped tip London City Airport to its busiest-ever month in July 2019.

    A total of 490,819 passengers chose London’s most central airport, 4% up (+19,300) compared to July 2018, which previously held the 32-year record.

    It means the airport is on track to welcome over five million annual passengers by the end of the year for the first time.

    During July, home carrier British Airways, which has broadened its range of leisure routes from London City Airport, saw a large boost in numbers on Greek island routes, with Skiathos passengers up 51% year-on-year and Mykonos up 39%.
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    Popular city break destination, Florence, also saw a 9% increase in passengers. The airline started a new route to Split in Croatia on 21st June, joining existing sun-seeker destinations including Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca and Bergerac.

    Buoyant load factors on LOT Polish Airlines’ new routes - Budapest, Warsaw and Vilnius - also boosted numbers, along with more capacity on flights operated by Dutch flag carrier, KLM.

    The boost to leisure traffic reflects an ongoing trend at London City Airport, with more holidaymakers choosing the convenience of the East London airport, as well as people visiting friends and relatives either in London, the rest of the UK, or overseas.

    Last year, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) survey data identified that the proportion of business and leisure passengers is now evenly split, 50/50.

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    Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “The summer peak has delivered record-breaking passenger numbers, with continued demand from business and leisure travellers for the speed, convenience and customer experience of London’s most central airport, with a choice of 44 destinations.

    “The boost in numbers during July reflects an ongoing trend towards welcoming more leisure travellers, including East Londoners and their families using the airport on their doorstep.

    "As we continue with a £500 million transformation, this achievement marks the latest progress towards being a London gateway for everyone.”

    In addition to the busiest ever month, the airport also experienced its busiest day on record, on Monday 15th July 2019, when 20,487 passengers either arrived at, or departed from, London City Airport.

  • 05-08-2019
    New arrivals facility for domestic passengers at Gatwick
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    New arrivals facility for domestic passengers at Gatwick

    Just in time for the big summer getaway, London Gatwick has opened a new Arrivals facility which it is confident will ensure a faster and more convenient airport experience for domestic travellers from other parts of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    As a result of a £24 million investment, passengers arriving from the UK and Republic of Ireland will now be able to disembark their aircraft from a jetty, or via aircraft steps and straight into the terminal building.

    A new dedicated baggage reclaim belt has also been installed providing fast and convenient collection of luggage on the arrivals journey and freeing up capacity for international passengers.

    The investment is part of Gatwick’s £1.1 billion Capital Investment Programme and VINCI Airports’ global commitment to seek out the most innovative ways to optimise the infrastructure of airports, as well as how passengers move through them, to ensure the best experience.

    Previously, arrivals from parts of the UK (including the Channel Islands) and the Republic of Ireland, had to be coached from their aircraft to a special baggage reclaim area to ensure segregation from international passengers, in line with immigration policies.
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    While a small number of flights might occasionally be coached during peak periods, 95% will now be able to disembark via a jetty or steps.

    For departing UK and Republic of Ireland passengers, additional investment in e-gates and biometric technology has transformed the gate room process by using more efficient self-service.  

    Iris recognition and reconciliation ensures the airport distinguishes UK and Republic of Ireland passengers from international travellers on the departure journey.

    Gatwick’s head of terminal operations, Andy Pule, entuses: “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience of passengers who travel through Gatwick, and this is a great example of how we invest in existing infrastructure to facilitate growth while also improving service for all.

    "UK and Republic of Ireland passengers are frequent visitors to Gatwick and use the airport as a transit point into London, or to connect with the rest of the world.”

    This investment is set to benefit passengers arriving with Aurigny from Guernsey; British Airways from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Jersey; Aer Lingus from Dublin and Knock and Ryanair from Cork, Shannon and Dublin.

  • 08-07-2019
    Nice Côte d’Azur Airport launches luxury retail concessions campaign
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    The new luxury retail offers in Terminals 1 & 2 should meet passengers’ expectations with a strong sense of place

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  • 08-07-2019
    Prague Airport selects Lagardére Travel Retail for 10-year duty free contract
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    Lagardére Travel Retail has won a new duty free concession at Václav Havel Airport Prague, with 24 business units covering 4,372sqm. The operator will bring a much wider offer tailored to individual passenger segments, new exclusive brands, stylish and modern shop design, digital sales elements, new sales channels, and expansion of the local range of […]

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  • 04-07-2019
    “In the next decade, we will see remote digital towers for all airports, just with different use cases”
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    An interview with Peter Gridling, Head of Sales, Frequentis & Frequentis DFS Aerosense. By Ross Falconer An interview with Peter Gridling, Head of Sales, Frequentis & Frequentis DFS Aerosense. By Ross Falconer Remote towers have the potential to enhance the way air traffic is monitored and managed at airports of any size. While regional airports are […]

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  • 04-07-2019
    Privatisation d’ADP : 10% des signatures nécessaires au RIP recueillies
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    Le Référendum d’initiative partagée (RIP) contre le projet de privatisation d’Aéroports de Paris (ADP) a déjà recueilli plus de 480.000 signatures, soit 10% du nombre nécessaire pour atteindre – d’ici …

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