Development

London Luton Airport celebrates 80th anniversary with exhibition in UK Parliament

London Luton Airport celebrates 80th anniversary with exhibition in UK Parliament

London Luton Airport (LLA) has hosted a week-long exhibition at the Palace of Westminster to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The event kicked off with a reception at the House of Commons on 29 January, which was attended by a number of ministers and members of Parliament, including the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, and Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg.

Interviews

SalamAir: the challenges, successes and future of the low-cost model in Oman

SalamAir: the challenges, successes and future of the low-cost model in Oman

Taking flight for the first time on 30 January 2017, Oman’s first low-cost carrier SalamAir has established a strong presence in its home market, now having three 174-seat A320s operating to nine destinations throughout the Middle East on either a year-round or seasonal basis. Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO SalamAir, briefs Jonathan Ford on the challenges and successes of establishing a new airline in Oman, and what the carrier has in store for the next five years.

Passenger

Budapest Airport unveils new VIP services to offer a premium travel experience to passengers

Budapest Airport unveils new VIP services to offer a premium travel experience to passengers

Budapest Airport has opened a new VIP service which offers exclusivity, relaxation, comfort and a personal touch. Located in the new VIP lounge of Terminal 2A at the Hungarian gateway, passengers wanting a little more style and luxury can secure Budapest’s personal airport service, which will be operated by the airport’s partner Cavok Aviation.

Operations

Manchester Airport launches £5m campaign to drive international profile of Northern Powerhouse

Manchester Airport launches £5m campaign to drive international profile of Northern Powerhouse

Manchester Airport has invested £5 million (€6m) in an advertising and social media campaign to boost the international profile of all Northern regions in the UK. The campaign was launched during a visit to the airport by Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, who was joined by Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan, as they unveiled the collection of Northern Powerhouse images that celebrate the North’s strengths in a range of fields, from sport to natural beauty to its world-class universities and exporting businesses.

Security

A vision for the contactless passenger journey

A vision for the contactless passenger journey

Miguel Leitmann, CEO Vision-Box, is participating in the Security & Crisis Management Summit at this year’s ACI Airport Exchange. Ahead of the event, he shared his thoughts on advancing the concept of the contactless passenger journey with Ross Falconer.

IT

Bergen Airport to implement BlipTrack queue management technology

Bergen Airport to implement BlipTrack queue management technology

Bergen Airport has adopted BlipTrack queue management technology in efforts to eliminate wait time, optimise resource utilisation and improve the passenger experience.

Commercial

Gebr. Heinemann and local partner Greenway win exclusive duty free contract at Moscow Domodedevo’s new terminal

Gebr. Heinemann and local partner Greenway win exclusive duty free contract at Moscow Domodedevo’s new terminal

Travel Retail Domodedevo, a joint venture between Gebr. Heinemann and its local partner Greenway, has won a seven-year contract to become exclusive duty free operator in the new international terminal at Moscow Domodedevo Airport. Opening of the approximately 7,000sqm area is scheduled for June 2018.

Environment

Geneva and Galapagós airports achieve carbon neutrality

Geneva and Galapagós airports achieve carbon neutrality

Geneva Airport and Galapagós Ecological Airport are the latest to achieve carbon neutral status through ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation. There are now carbon neutral airports in every region of the world, marking the global airport industry’s efforts towards addressing its CO2 emissions.

ACI EUROPE Activities

1,405 industry experts attend ACI Airport Exchange hosted by Oman Airports Management Company

1,405 industry experts attend ACI Airport Exchange hosted by Oman Airports Management Company

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), which is responsible for the management and operations of the new $1.8 billion Muscat International Airport, Salalah Airport, and other regional airports in the Sultanate of Oman, last week hosted the 11th ACI Airport Exchange, staged jointly by ACI EUROPE, ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI World.