Airports in the news
Swedavia has launched free wifi at 11 airports across Sweden. Designed to allow smoother travel for passengers, the initiative allows users up to 3 hours online.
In an ambitious move Manchester Airports Group has confirmed that it will sell a 35% stake to an Australian infrastructure fund, as part of a partnership in any successful bid for Stansted Airport.
The UK’s first ‘virtual grocery store’ has been launched in the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport. Customers browse interactive digital displays, and can both order deliveries and pay via smartphones.
Brussels Airport has announced a new ‘Connector’ project, to link Piers A and B. The move will include centralised security screening, and allow passengers an improved offer of shops, services, bars and restaurants. The project is due for completion by the end of 2014.
Bordeaux has selected a consortium to develop the surrounding real estate into a ‘dynamic economic zone’, to attract both national and international business. A particular focus is being placed upon the air technology sector.
A new aircraft maintenance hangar has opened at Tallinn Airport, with the intention of attracting business from Europe and Russia. The 5,000 square metre facility triples the maintenance company’s current annual aircraft servicing capacity.
Sheremetyevo Airport is now officially capable of handling the A380. The extensive requirements to achieve this included having the correct facilities, equipment, and even staff training.
Zürich Airport has received permission from the Swiss government to commence a $1 billion airport city project. The 200,000 square metre venture will attempt to transform the airport into ‘Europe’s premium international business hub’.
Stuttgart International Airport has launched a worldwide competition, appealing for ideas and inventions that make air traffic in the air and on the ground eco-friendly and reduce pollution. The Aviation Award is €150,000 and thus one of the most lucrative in the industry.
Bratislava Airport has opened the second phase of its new terminal. The completion of the Arrivals section now provides Bratislava with an easy navigable, comfortable and elegant 5mppa facility.
Milan airports operator, SEA Milan Airports, is to be listed on the Milan stock exchange by the end of the year. According to Milan City Council, which owns the company, further details of the move will soon be announced.
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