Development

UK Aviation Minister officially marks start of Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension

UK Aviation Minister officially marks start of Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension

The start of construction on Birmingham Airport’s £30 million (€35m) departure lounge extension was officially marked by UK Aviation Minister Paul Maynard MP on 23 January 2020. The minister helped break ground where the airport’s biggest terminal investment in 10 years gets underway.

Passenger

Breaking the language barrier: Edinburgh Airport introduces device to help communicate with international passengers

Breaking the language barrier: Edinburgh Airport introduces device to help communicate with international passengers

Edinburgh Airport has introduced Pocketalk – a device that enables speech to be translated into 74 languages. Initially introduced in the airport’s security area, it will now be rolled out to other staff who interact with passengers on a daily basis.

Operations

Prague Airport records double-digit long-haul growth and prepares to welcome Chicago and Hanoi services

Prague Airport records double-digit long-haul growth and prepares to welcome Chicago and Hanoi services

Prague Airport has reported 6% growth to a record 17.8 million passengers in 2019. A double-digit increase of 10.9% was recorded on long-haul routes, and this positive trend is set to continue in 2020 with two more long-haul destinations to be added – Chicago and Hanoi.

IT

Providing the IT to effectively manage airport operations from terminal to airfield

Providing the IT to effectively manage airport operations from terminal to airfield

SITA is a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Abu Dhabi Airports-hosted ACI Airport Exchange. Ahead of the event, Roger Nakouzi, Vice President Sales, SITA, shared some thoughts with Ross Falconer.

Commercial

Sheremetyevo Duty Free opens shops in Moscow Sheremetyevo’s new Terminal C

Sheremetyevo Duty Free opens shops in Moscow Sheremetyevo’s new Terminal C

Sheremetyevo Duty Free – a joint venture between Sheremetyevo Airport, Greenway and Gebr. Heinemann – has opened a main 3,000sqm walkthrough shop and a 500sqm arrival shop in the airport’s new Terminal C.

Environment

Newcastle International announces plans to become a Net Zero emissions airport by 2035

Newcastle International announces plans to become a Net Zero emissions airport by 2035

Newcastle International Airport has announced ambitious plans to become a Net Zero emissions airport by 2035. This would coincide with the end date of the airport’s Masterplan and its centenary year in 2035.

ACI EUROPE Activities

ACI Airport Exchange 2019: “We cannot be radical enough – harnessing every action towards operating the zero-carbon airport”

ACI Airport Exchange 2019: “We cannot be radical enough – harnessing every action towards operating the zero-carbon airport”

The 13th ACI Airport Exchange, organised jointly by ACI EUROPE and ACI Asia-Pacific and hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports, took place in Abu Dhabi on 25-27 November 2019. The theme of this year’s event was “We cannot be radical enough – harnessing every action towards operating the zero-carbon airport”: Building less-impactful, smarter, secure and safer airports.