Airport investment is in overdrive at aviation’s busiest global crossroads, as the hubs of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways vie to keep pace with the growth of their flag-carriers, and with eachother to attract international air traffic. While Doha’s new Hamad International is about to embark on an expansion that will take throughput to almost 70 million passengers by 2020, Abu Dhabi is close to transforming its airport with the completion of its giant new Midfield terminal. Read More
David Cameron must approve a new runway for Heathrow Airport within weeks or British companies will lose out to rivals in France and Germany, 50 business leaders warn.
In a letter to The Telegraph, they call on the Prime Minister to show “strong leadership” and give the green light to airport expansion without “yet another lengthy consultation” that would delay the process. Read More
Libya’s post-revolution civil war has crippled the country’s aviation sector, with airports and aircraft damaged by fighting and all international carriers forced to withdraw from the Libyan market. A year after intense clashes destroyed Tripoli International Airport, the Airports Authority is planning to build a semi-permanent terminal and get international flights back up and running. Read More
The chief executive of Berlin’s much-delayed international airport still hopes for it to be completed in the second half of 2017, even though the deadline is getting increasingly tight.
The 5.3 billion euro-airport ($6 billion), meant to replace the capital’s three Cold War-era hubs, has been under construction since 2006 and was originally planned to open in 2011. Read More
On the eve of the annual Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) Conference in Jordan, Abu Dhabi Airports Acting Chief Commercial Officer Dan Cappell spoke to Martin Moodie about the count-down to the award of key commercial contracts at the spectacular new Midfield Terminal Building set to open in December 2017.
But in line with the airport company’s closely guarded approach of recent months, Cappell was giving little away other than to say the final stages of evaluation have been reached for the core duty free concession as well as the luxury and food & beverage contracts. In time-honoured fashion, it’s a question of watch this space. Read More
According to the French Press, the business delegation, escorting the French President Francois Hollande i his visit to Greece, seems to be interested in two major investments on Crete.
The construction of the new international airport at Kastelli
The construction of a big port in southern Crete
Mr. Hollande discussed with Mr. Tsipras the potentials of french investments in those two big public works.Read More:
Work at the Muscat International Airport is progressing well and the authorities are hoping to “open it early next year.”
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the launching ceremony for new non-stop flights between Kuwait and Muscat, a senior official of the Director General of Civil Aviation Regulations, Anwar bin Abdullah Al Raisi, said that the runway is open and so are all operational facilities. “Only the terminal building is left to be opened which, too, will happen soon,” he said. Read More
Central Asian republic Turkmenistan has committed to a major $2.3 billion revamp of Ashgabat International Airport. The new facilities, which will include a new terminal that can handle more than 1,500 passengers per hour, will be the largest single terminal in Central Asia, according to airport management. It will help serve passengers in 2017 when the country hosts the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The upgrade will increase airport capacity to 14 million. Read More
A three-year review into the future of air travel around London is due to finish with the recommendation that a new runway be built at one of two existing airports. But while the capital gingerly edges towards airport expansion, other parts of the world are witnessing a massive airport building boom.
Along the Black Sea coast, 21 miles (35km) from Istanbul, an army of trucks and construction workers are labouring round the clock to build one of the world’s biggest airports. The project was only announced two years ago by the Turkish government and yet it’s due to open in 2018. Once fully complete, it will boast six runways and cater for 150 million passengers a year, travelling to 350 destinations. Or to put it another way, it will have more than twice the capacity of London Heathrow. [read more]
The demand for air travel will likely double by 2035, according to PwC’s annual report on the state of the worldwide airline industry.
But as the ascent of emerging economies and their burgeoning middle classes fuels the desire to travel to distant places, the airline industry will need to boost infrastructure, hire pilots and temper the ups and downs of fuel costs. [read more]
The new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) now expects open in the second half of 2017. Costs have now risen to €5.4 billion ($5.9 billion) for the much-delayed airport, which was originally scheduled to open in October 2011. Construction problems and technical issues have delayed the opening several times.[read more]
Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new Midfield Terminal, which will serve an estimated 30 million passengers annually from July 2017, will use SITA technology on a five-year deal. This includes SITA’s next generation airport management system, common-use passenger processing platform, automated boarding gates, flight information display systems and baggage management services. [read more]
Dubai Airports has confirmed that construction is expected to begin later this year on the expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central’s (DWC’s) existing passenger terminal which will boost the current capacity of 6 million passengers a year to 26 million. [read more]
Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), has announced its final decision to commence construction of the new Terminal 3 in 2015. The decision comes after a comprehensive and detailed analysis of an audit study commissioned by the Hesse state government to assess the airport’s future capacity requirements. [read more]