Development

Re-establishing international service at Houston William P. Hobby Airport

Re-establishing international service at Houston William P. Hobby Airport

In March of this year the first intercontinental flight in more than 45 years landed at William P. Hobby Airport from Oranjestad, Aruba, and marked the beginning of a new era of international service at the Houston gateway. The initiative to re-establish international connections is being pioneered in partnership with Southwest Airlines, and construction of a $156 million (€137m) service expansion is currently underway. The airport’s General Manager Perry Miller explained the vision for the development to George Walter.

Interviews

EASA spreads its wings: Reaching out to Europe’s airports

EASA spreads its wings: Reaching out to Europe’s airports

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is embracing its new, wider scope, with an inclusive approach that reaches out to all stakeholders. Executive Director Patrick Ky took some time out of the recent EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference for a walk in the Botanical Garden of Brussels, to explain the renewed EASA vision to Amy Hanna.

Passenger

10-year transformation programme unveiled by Manchester Airport

10-year transformation programme unveiled by Manchester Airport

Manchester Airports Group has announced a 10-year investment programme for Manchester Airport that will transform the gateway through developments worth up to £1 billion (€1.4bn) over the course of the next decade. The modernisation will ensure that the airport continues to thrive as a national asset, and play an even greater role as the UK’s gateway to the North.

Operations

Stockholm Arlanda selected for US preclearance

Stockholm Arlanda selected for US preclearance

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has chosen Stockholm Arlanda Airport for the introduction of US preclearance. The gateway is one of ten airports to be selected for the preclearance programme, which enables US-bound travellers to undergo immigration and custom inspections prior to departure, aiming to streamline border procedures upon arrival.

Security

The Schiphol Security Experience – a new benchmark for airport security

The Schiphol Security Experience – a new benchmark for airport security

The completion of the project to centralise security at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol marked a key milestone in the airport’s wider ambition to create a more seamless experience for passengers and to deliver security not as a necessity, but as a service. Ryan Ghee reports.

IT

Phase 5 Technology implements innovative multi-airline bag drop at Edinburgh Airport

Phase 5 Technology implements innovative multi-airline bag drop at Edinburgh Airport

The just-published Summer edition of Airport Business includes a focus on Edinburgh Airport’s ambitious £150 million (€200m) five-year investment programme. This in turn highlights the innovative multi-airline bag drop facility introduced in partnership with Phase 5 Technology. Here, Lawrence Eke, Managing Director, Phase 5 Technology, gives Airport Business a more detailed briefing on the advantages offered by the technology.

Commercial

Who cares about airline retail?

Who cares about airline retail?

Airport Business’ Ian Hill attended the Airline Retail Conference earlier this month, where global leaders in inflight commercial discussed the challenges to growth – and the wealth of opportunity – in the future of the thriving airline retail industry.

Environment

Eco-friendly operations in unique Venice Airport environment

Eco-friendly operations in unique Venice Airport environment

Venice Marco Polo Airport’s setting in the vicinity of the Venetian Lagoon means that it must take a unique approach to its environmental sustainability. Having recently attained a Level 3+ Neutrality certification in ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation, Davide Bassano, Environment Health Development Director, explained to Airport Business how the airport manages the coexistence of a delicate ecosystem and modern technology.