Development

Gatwick’s continued investment to “put passengers at heart” of exciting new chapter

Gatwick’s continued investment to “put passengers at heart” of exciting new chapter

London Gatwick has announced a new chapter in its ownership, with VINCI Airports completing the purchase of a 50.01% stake in the airport. Global Infrastructure Partners continues to manage the remaining 49.99% interest. The new partnership promises continued investment to put passengers at the heart of Gatwick’s future plans.

Passenger

Glasgow Airport unveils designs for new £1.6m executive lounge

Glasgow Airport unveils designs for new £1.6m executive lounge

Glasgow Airport has unveiled the first design images of its exclusive new executive lounge. The Lomond Lounge will be based airside in the departures area and is scheduled to open later this summer. More than £1.6 million (€1.8m) is being invested in the new facility, which will create 25 new jobs.

IT

Biometric boarding successfully piloted at Ljubljana Airport

Biometric boarding successfully piloted at Ljubljana Airport

A biometric boarding pilot at Ljubljana Airport, involving Amadeus, Adria Airways and LOT Polish Airlines, reduced the average boarding time by approximately 75%. The successful trial paves the way for a common biometric solution, making check-in, security and boarding easier.

Commercial

Pulkovo Airport renovating commercial area in domestic departures hall

Pulkovo Airport renovating commercial area in domestic departures hall

Northern Capital Gateway, the operator of Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport, has commenced modernisation of the domestic departures hall commercial area. The project includes renovation of outlets’ concept and creation of a new DutyPaid store, through which passengers will pass to the gates.

EU Matters

A new European Parliament: what can we expect?

A new European Parliament: what can we expect?

The European elections in May left a scenario in which, for the first time, the Social and Christian-democratic parties do not have an absolute majority in the European Parliament. This fact will have a decisive influence on parliamentary arithmetics, since the forces that have dominated European politics so far (European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists) will require a third pro-European parties (Liberal or Ecologists) to be able to take forward the legislative agenda marked by the new European Commission. Report by Federico Bonaudi.

ACI EUROPE Activities

Connectivity: The moment when things really started to blur

Connectivity: The moment when things really started to blur

For the past 5 years, ACI EUROPE has published its annual Airport Industry Connectivity Report highlighting the ebbs, flows and trends in air connectivity – a key metric of the EU Aviation Strategy. In that time, in parallel to tracking airports’ connectivity, it has also reported the implications of intriguing shifts in airline business strategies. This year’s edition is no exception. Robert O’Meara reports.