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  • Madeira Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Passenger traffic grew by 7.6% in 2013 to reach 2.4 million, and a further increase to 2.5 million is forecast in 2014.

    Madeira marks 50th anniversary with passenger growth

    Madeira Airport, host of the 7th ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition in May, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. It does so at a time of notable growth, as Ross Falconer reports.

  • “‘Swissness’ is the very essence of our airport. It is our aim, and our passengers shall feel and receive it,” said Thomas Kern, CEO, Zurich Airport. “It also helps to differentiate Zurich from Europe’s other airports, and provides a special experience to frequent travellers.”

    Delivering ‘Swissness’: The developments on Switzerland’s aviation horizon

    Here, Amy Hanna looks at the exciting airport developments and flourishing route networks securing Switzerland’s position as an interesting market for airlines and a popular destination for passengers.

  • To cater for rapidly growing demand, Eindhoven Airport has refurbished and expanded its terminal, and also built a new airport hotel.

    Eindhoven responds to rapid growth with extended terminal

    While Amsterdam Airport Schiphol dominates the Dutch airport market, handling over 52 million passengers last year, the country also has a number of regional airports that have developed their own markets in recent years. Eindhoven Airport is the second busiest airport in the Netherlands, processing a record 3.4 million passengers in 2013, up +14% on the previous year. Ralph Anker reports.

  • Repairs to Warsaw Chopin’s main runway were completed in August, ahead of schedule. The scope of works included replacing the concrete pavement of runway thresholds with asphalt concrete, which is easier to maintain. A new wearing course has been applied on all repaired sections of the runway and taxiways.

    Warsaw Chopin completes runway resurfacing and starts rebuild of Terminal A

    Closing your main runway for major repairs during the peak summer season, while having to cope with record numbers of passengers, is probably one of the biggest challenges an airport can face. So the fact that Warsaw Chopin Airport managed to complete its runway resurfacing work a couple of weeks ahead of the planned completion date, will be a huge relief to all concerned. Ralph Anker explores the developments.

  • Swedavia has invested SEK400 million (€45m) in the refurbishment and expansion of Stockholm Arlanda’s Terminal 2. The 2,000sqm expansion provides additional airside space for shops, play areas for children, spacious new gate areas, and more than twice the previous amount of seating.

    Stockholm Arlanda innovating to improve passenger experience

    Swedavia has invested SEK400 million (€45m) in the refurbishment and expansion of Stockholm Arlanda’s Terminal 2. Against a backdrop of moderate traffic increases across Europe, the airport is enjoying notable growth and the passenger experience is at the very heart of its investment strategy. Airport Director Kjell-Ake Westin outlined the developments to Ross Falconer.

  • The airport is investing around €10 million on two major expansion projects to be completed within three years – an updated passenger terminal and a runway extension. Work on the terminal will begin next year.

    Arad expanding as it seeks more LCC services

    Arad International Airport, located in western Romania, expects to handle 100,000 passengers this year as it experiences a steep growth trajectory. It is investing in two major projects – a modernised passenger terminal and a runway extension – as it strives to secure more low-cost services, as Grec Mircea, Chief Engineer, Arad International Airport, outlined to Ross Falconer.

  • Odessa’s impressive new terminal is the first in its three-phase plan for expansion, which will eventually see the construction of two more terminals in the coming years. Architecturally conceived by Odessan design bureau Belyetazh, with a technological infrastructure devised by Spanish contractor Ineco, testing of the building will begin in May 2014, and in September the new terminal will begin handling all of the airport’s general aviation operations.

    Advanced new terminal will unlock Odessa’s potential

    As passenger traffic to one of Ukraine’s most inviting cities continues to escalate, the redevelopment of Odessa International Airport is providing a state-of-the-art platform for growth. The airport’s newly appointed Director Vitaliy Portyanko gave Amy Hanna an exclusive insight into the expansion of the dynamically developing airport, and the construction of the new passenger terminal that is set to transform its operations.

  • Kochanov: “I see a lot of unrealised potential that I will try to make the best use of. The last few years have seen the ongoing construction of a number of new terminals here – in Lviv, Donetsk, Odessa and Kharkiv, as well as Boryspil – and we now have all the infrastructure to speed up the development of aviation in Ukraine.”

    The making of a nation: A new era begins at Boryspil

    The stabilisation of the Ukrainian economy has, in recent years, paved the way for the exciting transformation of its air transport industry. As its people become increasingly more mobile and competition escalates, development is erupting across its airport landscape. Oleksiy Kochanov is one of the visionaries behind the continued development of Ukrainian aviation, and, in his new role as Director General of Kyiv Boryspil, is leading Ukraine’s busiest airport into its position as one of Eastern Europe’s most promising hubs. Amy Hanna visited the airport to see the developments first-hand.

  • Munich Airport handled a record 38.4 million passengers in 2012 and growth has continued in 2013, with a record 18.6 million passengers handled in the first half of the year.

    Munich celebrates topping-out of T2 satellite

    Munich Airport is developing a state-of-the-art new Terminal 2 satellite building, as increasing passenger numbers create demand for additional capacity. Dr. Michael Kerkloh, Munich Airport CEO, outlined the development to Ross Falconer.

  • The design-build process used on The Green Build helped streamline the development timeline. “Having the architects and construction teams together in one space enabled us to solve problems even before putting a shovel in the ground and throughout the construction phase of the project,” commented Bowens.

    Sustainable San Diego completes The Green Build

    San Diego International Airport’s recently completed Green Build is the largest project in the airport’s history. The expansion of Terminal 2, as its name suggests, has a strong focus on sustainability and also on the local community, with the vast majority of contracts awarded to local businesses. Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, outlined the development to Ross Falconer.

  • Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airport Authority: “The architect behind our new airport building centred the design of the terminal on the openness of the people of Manitoba and the connection between our close-knit community and the land. It’s amazing how many of our passengers have recognised this.” (Photograph courtesy of Gerry Kopelow)

    Canadian airport round-up

    With consistently escalating passenger numbers and nationwide infrastructure expansion, Canada’s airport landscape is a fertile bed of growth. Amy Hanna spoke to four of its most forward-thinking airports to discover how they are developing to bolster their positions as world-class air transport hubs.

  • Harrison: "MAG has made a significant investment in Stansted as the airport offers huge potential. Stansted is the only major airport in the south-east with space, permission and facilities to grow having gained planning consent to serve 35 million passengers a year in 2008."

    London-Stansted enters exciting development phase

    London-Stansted Airport is entering a new and exciting phase in its development following the £1.5 billion (€1.8bn) acquisition by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in February this year. This new phase is being led by Andrew Harrison, who was appointed Managing Director of London-Stansted in March. He outlined his plans to Ross Falconer.

  • In 2012 TAV Airports Holding handled 72 million passengers – a +36% increase on 2011, and saw also 575,000 flights arrive at and depart from its 11 airports, +28% more than in 2011. This year, total throughput is expected to reach 85 million passengers through organic growth.

    TAV Airports Holding goes from strength to strength

    This year’s ACI EUROPE/World Annual Congress and Exhibition centres on ‘Dynamic airport business transformation’, a theme that couldn’t be more aptly tailored to its host, TAV Airports, an industry leader at the forefront of airport operation, financing and construction. Dr. Waleed Youssef, Director, Middle East Region at TAV Airports Holding, explained to Amy Hanna the strategy behind the success of Turkey’s leading airport operator.

  • Pulido: “In modernising and expanding the terminal, we wanted to provide our passengers with greater comfort, better safety, faster and friendlier service, and more information as they journey through the airport.”

    Bogotá’s technologically advanced new terminal

    El Dorado Airport’s passenger traffic has been growing by double-digits annually for a number of years. In order to support this consistent growth and enhance operational efficiency, a major modernisation and expansion programme is underway that is transforming the passenger experience in some exciting and innovative ways. Amy Hanna reports.

  • Groningen Airport Eelde’s runway extension from 1,800m to 2,500m will enable a wider range of destinations to be served from the airport.

    Groningen Airport completes runway extension

    Groningen Airport Eelde’s runway extension from 1,800m to 2,500m was officially opened on 24 April, enabling a wider range of destinations to be served from the airport. Ross Falconer reports.

  • Due to a limited amount of flat land on the peninsula, GIB’s runway is bisected by the main artery of highway traffic that goes in and out of Gibraltar.

    First summer ‘avalanche’ will be true test for new Gibraltar airport

    The new £85 million airport has changed the face of air travel in Gibraltar. As well as boasting innovative architecture, designed to deliver an optimal passenger experience amidst extraordinary natural beauty, the terminal has generated a wide range of possibilities for new routes from all across Europe. Gibraltar Airport’s Air Terminal Director Terence Lopez explained that GIB’s priority is now preparing for the busy summer months ahead. Amy Hanna reports.

  • Eggenschwiler: “As well as making sure that everyone who works at the airport is helpful and friendly and smiling – which of course doesn’t cost much but makes such a difference to the passenger experience – we want to make travellers comfortable, make them feel at home, and that’s all over the airport. I think that it’s very important that we achieve this.”

    Putting the passenger at the heart of Hamburg Airport

    In 2012, Hamburg Airport handled a record 13.7 million passengers. This year, its strategy is focused on delivering its best airport experience yet. Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO, explained to Amy Hanna how the airport is keeping the passenger at the heart of its business.

  • Aéroports de Lyon generates some of its most innovative initiatives through its Le Club Imagine idea platform, which implemented the airport’s own TV channel, a food market for local farmers, and a combined medical centre and wellness facility at the airport.

    Aéroports de Lyon’s ambitious plan for expansion

    When the expansion of Lyon-Saint Exupéry is completed its passenger capacity will increase by 50%, and with its new and improved low-cost Terminal 3 just the tip of the iceberg in its plans for expansion, it seems Aéroports de Lyon’s ambition knows no bounds. CEO Philippe Bernand explained to Amy Hanna how this year’s host of ACI EUROPE’s Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition is embracing every opportunity that Europe’s aviation industry has to offer.

  • Cohen: “The quality of our services and our relationship with our passengers is our greatest asset in terms of creating an enhanced airport experience, and we are among the top airports in terms of customer satisfaction.”

    New routes and LCCs key to Pau Pyrenees’ strategy

    Located at the centre of the France’s Aquitaine region, Pau Pyrénées Airport is a key gateway for business travellers, pilgrim passengers and equine traffic. Now, as the airport enters a period of restructure across its air travel network, it is exploring opportunities for new routes from across the continent. Airport Manager Jean-Luc Cohen outlined the airport’s expansion strategy to Amy Hanna.

  • The 16,600sqm AC Junction at Paris-CDG was constructed to link the airport’s Terminals 2A and 2C for a standardised quality of services and comfort airport-wide.

    Aéroports de Paris pursues the perfect passenger experience

    Last year saw a record series of successes for Aéroports de Paris. Highest ever passenger numbers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport contributed to a +5.6% increase in its overall revenue of €2.64 billion, while 2012 also saw the acquisition of a 38% share in TAV Airports. Today, renovations at Paris-Orly and Charles de Gaulle are underway as part of its Horizon 2018 initiative to deliver an extraordinary airport journey. Recently appointed Chairman and CEO Augustin de Romanet explained to Amy Hanna his vision for further success.

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