Development

Manchester Airport to begin works on £1bn Transformation Programme

Manchester Airport to begin works on £1bn Transformation Programme

Work begins in April on the 10-year, £1 billion (€1.3bn) Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP). Brad Miller, MAN-TP Director, articulates the global benefits of the programme, which consists of 60 enhancements.

Passenger

Naples Airport installs automated border control e-gates

Naples Airport installs automated border control e-gates

Passengers from within the European Union arriving at Naples International Airport can now make use of automated border control e-gates. The e-gates use facial recognition technology to confirm that the passenger is the passport holder, while fingerprint verification technology has been built in to add an extra layer of security when required.

Operations

Weightless baggage loading

Weightless baggage loading

As airports adjust to the challenges of an ever-changing market, advances in technology mean that passengers expect a stress-free journey. Airports of all sizes are responding through technologies including self-boarding and self check-in facilities. An equally important aspect of the traveller experience, of course, is that baggage arrives on time, at the correct destination.

Security

Passengers invited to trial Oslo’s ‘first of their kind’ security lanes

Passengers invited to trial Oslo’s ‘first of their kind’ security lanes

When Oslo Airport’s new departures hall opens in April 2017 it will be equipped with 11 security lanes, increasing the total to 30 across the airport. The new lanes are described as “the first of their kind worldwide”, and are designed to significantly enhance the security check experience for passengers.

IT

Dublin Airport and Skyscanner enter unique data partnership

Dublin Airport and Skyscanner enter unique data partnership

Dublin Airport has teamed up with Skyscanner to provide a suite of data technology services. Skyscanner will provide Dublin Airport with a big dataset through its Travel Insight tool, which taps into the global search data from its 50 million monthly visitors.

Commercial

“The most surprising commercial experience in a European airport”

“The most surprising commercial experience in a European airport”

The Côte d’Azur is truly a blue chip destination, a fact that resonates throughout the comprehensive rejuvenation of Nice Airport’s commercial offer. With the Terminal 1 refurbishment to be complete in May, and work already underway on Terminal 2, Filip Soete, Chief Commercial Officer, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, discussed developments with Ross Falconer.

Environment

Eco-friendly Tesla cabs coming to Heathrow

Eco-friendly Tesla cabs coming to Heathrow

Minicabit is introducing eco-friendly Tesla cabs to Heathrow Airport, and its other partners, as its first step to fulfilling its pledge to ensure 25% of its cab fleet nationwide comprises low and zero emission vehicles by 2020.

ACI EUROPE Activities

Private investment in Europe’s airports still rising

Private investment in Europe’s airports still rising

Over the past 6 years, the airport ownership landscape in Europe has evolved quite significantly. In order to take stock of these changes, ACI EUROPE has produced an all-new 2016 edition of The Ownership of Europe’s Airports report, following the very first edition in 2010. So, who owns Europe’s airports now? Inês Rebelo reports.