April’s top stories: London City Airport's £11bn contribution, NASA's drone test at FAA sites
London City Airport contributes nearly £11bn to the UK and London economy, and NASA has flown 22 drones simultaneously to assess the rural operations of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) research platform. Airport-technology.com wraps up key headlines from April 2016.
Research group Oxford Economics revealed that London City Airport contributes nearly £11bn to the UK and London economy through trade exports to ten major European markets.
The group reported that journeys from the airport account for 5% of all UK exports to the ten countries, which totalled £218bn in 2014.
A survey was also conducted by market researcher ComRes that included more than 1,000 business decision-makers in Central London business districts.
NASA flew 22 drones simultaneously to assess the rural operations of its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) research platform.
The test was conducted by NASA and operators from the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) six UAS test sites across the country.
Operators interacted with NASA's UTM research platform, entering flight plans and planned operations with various aircraft and software.
Germany's Munich Airport was to unveil a new €900m satellite terminal.
Developed by a joint venture (JV) of Munich Airport and Lufthansa, the terminal will feature 27 new gate positions that allow passengers to board flights directly, without bus transportation.
Munich-based architectural firm Koch + Partner provided designs and general plans for the project.
Priority Pass provided passengers with access to more than 900 partner-operated airport lounges worldwide.
The company added 51 lounges to its programme between January and April.
Priority Pass Global Marketing director Stephen Simpson said: "Over the last year we have witnessed faster expansion in the number of lounges available to members than ever before."
A life-like robotic falcon, Robird, made its first test flight at Germany's Weeze Airport, located across the Dutch border near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Designed by Netherlands-based Clear Flight Solutions, the Robird was developed to imitate the flight of a real falcon, scaring away birds that can cause fatal accidents at airports and waste processing plants.
Clear Flight Solutions CEO Nico Nijenhuis said: "Finally, this is a historic step for the Robird and our company.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection of Australia was conducting automated checks for passengers travelling to another country from any Australian airport.
The outward advance passenger processing (APP) programme deployed the iBorders system, which was provided by global IT solutions and border security provider SITA.
The latest system allows real-time integration between airline systems and the Australian department's border management systems.
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) enhanced solar-power generation at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi, India.
DIAL installed an additional solar-power generation plant at the airport, thereby increasing the current capacity at IGIA from 2.14MW to 7.84MW.
The project aimed to address rising concerns about climate change and the lack of green energy sources.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) planned to introduce remote air traffic control (ATC) tower technology at Changi Airport.
The move was part of CAAS's plans to develop Singapore as a 'Centre of Excellence' for air traffic management (ATM) meeting the needs of the country and the Asia Pacific region.
Under the Centre of Excellence for ATM Initiative, the CAAS and MITRE Asia Pacific Singapore (MAPS) began developing a remote tower concept for the Southeast Asian airport in October 2014.
French airport concession holder and operator Vinci Airports finalised the acquisition of Dominican airport concessionaire Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom).
This acquisition followed an agreement signed by Vinci Airports and Advent International private equity firm last December.
Advent acquired Aerodom in September 2008.
Said to be one of the world's top five leading airport operators, Vinci Airports operates on three continents and serves more than 100 million passengers.
A British Airways jet flying from Geneva was believed to have been struck by a drone on its way to Heathrow Airport in London, UK.
According to the London Metropolitan Police, the pilot of Flight 727 reported a suspected unmanned aircraft system (UAS) had collided against the front of the Airbus A320.
The aircraft's 132 passengers and five crew members were reported safe, according to Bloomberg.