If its current growth path continues, Shannon Airport will get very close to achieving 1.5 million annual passengers in 2014.
Shannon Airport’s nine new European routes (Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, and Fuerteventura, with Ryanair, and Bristol, via Aer Lingus) have delivered a 140% increase in passenger numbers on continental services recorded in April in comparison to the same period last year. Shannon enjoyed its biggest monthly increase in over a decade as 31% more passengers flew through the airport in April compared to the same month in 2013. The sharpest increase was recorded in passenger numbers to and from the continent, which more than doubled.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
If Amsterdam Schiphol keeps growing at its current rate (4.9%) in 2014 it will surpass 55 million passengers.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s fourth busiest airport, achieved carbon neutrality in April. The achievement was announced at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, which took place in Geneva. Eindhoven Airport – also a member of the Schiphol Group – was certified at the ‘Neutrality’ level of Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2013, becoming the very first carbon neutral airport in Benelux.
Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport
The airport is averaging nearly 10% (9.5%) growth so far in 2014 (January-April).
Honeywell Aerospace’s SmartPath Precision Landing System, which simultaneously reduces weather-related delays, lowers air traffic noise, improves flight efficiency and increases airport capacity, has started operating at Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport in Spain. SmartPath is the world’s only certified Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), a technology that augments GPS signals to make them suitable for precision approach and landing, before broadcasting the data to approaching aircraft.
At 16.5% so far in 2014, Eindhoven Airport is growing faster than Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Eindhoven Airport has developed a new airport operations website, in association with the Alderstafel advisory committee. The website will provide accurate information about the airport, using tools such as Brüel & Kjær’s WebTrak and WebTrak MyNeighbourhood. These provide the community with information about their local airport’s complaint handling process, noise measurements, answers to frequently asked questions, and a better understanding of airport operations.
Helsinki Airport is averaging nearly 5% (4.8%) growth so far in 2014 (January-April). On that basis it should exceed 16 million annual passengers.
Finavia has announced a €900 million expansion project at Helsinki Airport, designed to strengthen its position as a hub between Europe and Asia, and help it meet rising future demand. Improvements will focus on increasing check-in, transit travel capacity and passenger traffic arrangements. The first stage will be completed in the summer, when a new security checkpoint will be introduced in Terminal 2, while new departure processes are scheduled to be built around May or June this year. Additional security check capacity, a new congress area, and an automated check-in and baggage drop are also expected to be constructed this year.
Warsaw Chopin Airport
Chopin Airport handled over 47,000 PRMs (Passengers with Reduced Mobility) in 2013, making it one of the top PRM-friendly airports in Europe. Each PRM has the right to request the free assistance of a specially trained airport employee, provided from the moment they arrive at the airport until they are seated on a plane, or in reverse in the case of arriving passengers.
Minsk National Airport in Belarus has deployed Rapiscan Systems’ Real Time Tomography (RTT) 110 Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) systems, as part of the airport’s long-term investment and development of its infrastructure. Equipped with stationary gantry detection technology, the Rapiscan RTT can detect an increased range of explosive threats and prohibited items, such as liquid explosives.
Paris-Orly has achieved 5.4% average monthly growth so far in 2014.
Paris-Orly Airport has also launched an innovative environmentally friendly filter marsh system for the treatment of stormwater run-off. The marsh filtration system, believed to be the first of its kind at an airport, is made up of a pond and a marsh reed bed, which will treat winter products contained in stormwater from the airport. The system consists of 12 basins each measuring 500sqm, 34,000 reeds, and is currently in a one-year period of fine-tuning.
Rome Fiumicino Airport
43 new services (+14%) between August 2013 and August 2014.
Aeroporti di Roma is clearly focusing on the passenger with two recent initiatives. Wi-Fi internet access became unlimited and entirely free from May. Passengers can now connect to Wi-Fi from their laptops, tablets or smart phones, to browse and download mail while awaiting their flight. Additionally, an ‘Airport Helper’ project was also launched in May. Assisting passengers with professionalism and courtesy, enhancing their airport experience: this is the main task of the Airport Helper, a figure called to help travellers find their way around the Rome airport.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
Izmir Adnan Menderes continues to maintain its position as the fifth largest airport in Turkey behind Istanbul Atatürk, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Antalya and Ankara.
Turkey-based Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport has opened a new domestic terminal, which was built with an investment of €265 million. Built by TAV Construction, the terminal is expected to support growing domestic and international traffic, as well as expand the overall wider economic development of the region. Spread across a total area of about 200,000sqm, the terminal has eight passenger boarding bridges and is located next to the current international terminal.