After three years of extensive consultation, evidence gathering and analysis, the Airports Commission has finally delivered its recommendation that a new runway at London Heathrow is the best option for expanded airport capacity. While the UK Government has announced that it will make its final decision by the end of the year, Airport Business reports on UK airports’ initial reactions to yesterday’s announcement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial: By Arnaud Feist, President of ACI EUROPE
The 25th ACI EUROPE General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition, hosted by Prague Airport, took place last week, with the theme of ‘Airports and the Future of Tourism’. The event attracted over 350 delegates and, importantly, saw ACI EUROPE and the ETC (European Travel Commission) release a joint position on Open Skies, as well as announcement of the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, and the election of a new ACI EUROPE President.