If Heathrow continues its current 4% growth rate, it will break 75 million annual passengers in 2014.
Heathrow will become the first airport in the world to introduce a new traffic management system for handling arriving aircraft – using the amount of time between flights, rather than distance. The new system is expected to halve delays caused as a result of strong head winds by landing arriving flights closer together. It says the procedure could cut disruption for passengers by more than 1,300 hours each year when introduced in spring 2015.
Brussels Airport has averaged 3% over the past six months (August 2013-January 2014).
Brussels Airport will have ten new routes in its network in Summer 2014, increasing the total number of destinations to 200, and three new airlines. The long haul network offers 41 destinations that are served by 176 weekly flights and 13 airlines. The short haul network (Europe, Mediterranean) offers 158 destinations. New destinations in 2014 are London Gatwick (easyJet), Santiago de Compostela (Vueling) and Thessaloniki (Aegean Airlines).
Oporto Airport averaged 10% growth in the last quarter (November 2013-January 2014).
Oporto’s Sá Carneiro Airport has been chosen by ACI ASQ (the Airport Service Quality programme) as the third best airport in Europe, following Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia), which took first place, and Zurich (Switzerland), in second. From 2006 to 2011 the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport was consecutively ranked among Europe’s top three best airports, having reached the top spot in 2007.
Budapest Airport averaged 7% growth in January and February 2014.
Budapest Airport announced that it has recorded its best start to a calendar year in over a decade. The announcement follows a 7% upturn in traffic in the first seven weeks of 2014, meaning that 850,450 passengers have passed through the gateway to date.
At current growth rates, Oslo Airport should exceed 23 million annual passengers in 2014.
After breaking ground in 2011, construction of Oslo Gardermoen Airport’s new departures and arrivals hall, railway station and pier reached the halfway mark in late February. When the expansion project is completed in April 2017, the Norwegian gateway’s theoretical passenger capacity will rise from 23 to 28 million passengers per annum.
Pulkovo Airport achieved 16% growth in January.
Russian authorities have approved the new Terminal 1 for Saint Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport, providing it meets all technical requirements. Terminal 1 officially opened on 4 December 2013 after a two-month testing programme. The airport had already announced that from 1 February several Russian carriers – including S7 Airlines, UTair, Transaero, and OrenAir – will transfer all domestic flights to the newly-opened terminal.
Frankfurt Airport has achieved traffic growth in each of the last six months (August 2013-January 2014).
Fraport AG’s new Frankfurt Airport App 2.0 features a completely redesigned look and expanded content. In addition to German and English versions, the new FRA Airport App is also available in a Chinese (Mandarin) version. The new FRA Airport App 2.0 is an initiative of Fraport’s comprehensive “Great to Have You Here!” quality service programme. The goal of this programme is to enhance services to improve the travel experience of passengers who are departing and transferring at Germany’s largest airport.
Rome Fiumicino Airport
Following negative figures for 10 out of 12 months in 2013, Rome Fiumicino has grown in each of the last two months (December 2013 and January 2014).
Rome airports operator ADR and Italy’s air navigation service provider ENAV have launched A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) procedures at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome Fiumicino. With the adoption of the A-CDM platform, Italy’s main airport can now send information on the state of all departing flights to the Network Management Operations Centre at EUROCONTROL, which will sort and send on to the other connected airports, thus significantly optimising overall operations.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Lyon-Saint Exupéry has achieved traffic growth in four out of the last six months (August 2013-January 2014).
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport has unveiled its brand-new Welcome Zone, a 165sqm, open-plan area designed for a sole purpose: to welcome travellers to the Rhône-Alpes region and showcase all that it has to offer them. Expert advisors and innovative multimedia provide tourists with all the information they could need on the local area, transport links, and airport services. Open from 06:00 until 23:00, with an additional 24-hour interactive information point, the Welcome Zone is divided into three key areas: the Tourism & Airport zone, the Lounge space, and the Transport zone.
Athens Airport recorded 7% passenger growth in January – the best figures it has achieved over the past 12 months.
Athens International Airport (AIA) has successfully upgraded to Level 3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. AIA’s main emission reduction initiatives include reduction in electricity consumption by nine million kilowatt hours between 2005 and 2012, and the construction and operation of an 8.05MWp PhotovoltaicPark, the largest unified PV installation at an airport in the world.