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.

Environment

Aberdeen Airport introduces electric car charging points

Aberdeen Airport introduces electric car charging points

Aberdeen International Airport has installed six new electric car charging points in its short stay and priority car parks, supplied by Podpoint, a leading provider of electric charging points. The new service will be free for customers using the car parks, with four units located on the first floor of the short stay zone and two further points in the priority area.

ACI EUROPE Activities

“Adapt or die”: full report on the ACI EUROPE Airport Commercial & Retail Conference & Exhibition 2019

“Adapt or die”: full report on the ACI EUROPE Airport Commercial & Retail Conference & Exhibition 2019

The 28th ACI EUROPE Airport Commercial & Retail Conference & Exhibition, hosted by Isavia, took place on 18-20 March 2019. The theme of this year’s event was Adapt or die: “It is not the strongest species that survive, but the ones most responsive to change” (Charles Darwin).