Development

Auckland Airport completes major expansion of international aircraft pier

Auckland Airport completes major expansion of international aircraft pier

The completion of Auckland Airport’s international Pier B extension is a key milestone in the implementation of the airport’s 30-year vision to build the airport of the future.

Passenger

Gatwick Airport opens special assistance area for PRMs

Gatwick Airport opens special assistance area for PRMs

London Gatwick Airport has announced the opening of a new £2 million (€2.3m) airline lounge style area in its North Terminal for passengers who require special assistance. It is one of the largest special assistance areas in any European airport.

Operations

A new era for airport safety in Europe, but not without complications

A new era for airport safety in Europe, but not without complications

The new EASA Aerodrome rules entered fully into force on 1 January 2018. Over 400 European airports have met the highest European safety standards in infrastructure and operational processes. So, what’s next? Ensuring efficient compliance and change management regarding safety regulatory requirements. Report by Panos Spiliotis & Ansgar Sickert.

Security

Hermes Airports adopts interactive self-service kiosks at Larnaka and Pafos

Hermes Airports adopts interactive self-service kiosks at Larnaka and Pafos

Through the BorderExpress kiosks, designed by Vancouver Airport Authority’s Innovative Travel Solutions, each departing or arriving passenger in Cyprus will be able to scan his or her identity card or passport as part of the passport control procedure.

IT

Hamburg Airport announces cooperation with FLIO airport app

Hamburg Airport announces cooperation with FLIO airport app

Passengers at Hamburg Airport can now use the FLIO airport app to access exclusive retail and food & beverage offers, as well as book car parking spaces and lounge access.

Commercial

New duty free store at Tallinn ‘a walk in the woods’

New duty free store at Tallinn ‘a walk in the woods’

Baltona Duty Free recently opened its duty free concession at Tallinn Airport. The enhanced 980sqm retail space is a centrepiece of the airport’s major development programme, and expresses a strong local flavour. The retail space was designed by London-based travel retail design specialist The Design Solution. It blends traditional elements of Estonian culture with leading-edge technology and has an emphasis on local natural materials.

Environment

The power of a good idea

The power of a good idea

This summer marks ten years since a certain promise was made – the first piece of paper by European airports not just committing them to addressing their carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral, but also to get ACI EUROPE to deliver a proper tool – within a year – that would help make it a reality. Marina Bylinsky takes a look back at the journey so far and ponders the road ahead.