Development Phase

Emerging markets consider mobile terminal solutions

Emerging markets consider mobile terminal solutions

On the surface, temporary terminal solutions may appear to be exactly as the name suggests – a quick fix to a short-term problem. However, as more airports explore temporary terminals as a genuine answer to a complex issue, they are slowly becoming a viable alternative to permanent expansion. Ryan Ghee spoke to Thomas Melcher, managing director of The Mobile Terminal (TMT).

The New Airport

By balancing the needs of low-cost carriers, legacy carriers, and the travelling public, the common-use airport model will soon become the industry standard. By Ron Steinert.

New runway construction underway at Frankfurt

Construction of a new landing runway at Frankfurt airport will be key to Fraport AG securing its vision of serving 88 million passengers by 2020. Louise Driscoll reports.

Venice-Marco Polo unveils ambitious, innovative Master Plan

Venice’s Marco Polo Airport handled seven million passengers in 2007. its new long-term Master Plan, developed by SAVE, the airport management company, with the participation of ENAC and local government bodies, addresses the modernisation of traffic connections and new forms of urbanisation that will allow the airport to reach a total of 15 million passengers per year between 2015 and 2020. Ross Falconer reports.

Realising the ‘impossible’

Architect Foster & Partners, engineer Arup and planner NACO, each confessed that, given the timeframe for Beijing’s new Terminal 3, they thought the task was “impossible”. Yet, a mere four years later, one of the world’s biggest and grandest airport terminals is successfully operational; an example of how fellow airport developments can excel at no sacrifice to speed or style. Michelle Meineke reports.