August's top stories: Construction at LaGuardia Airport, Edinburgh begins terminal expansion
Construction begins on Delta’s $4bn facilities at new LaGuardia Airport, and work starts on new $818m Bugesera International Airport. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from August 2017.
Delta Air Lines started construction on its $4bn facilities at LaGuardia Airport in the US, after signing a new long-term lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The new Terminal C facility at LaGuardia will offer new amenities and expanded public transportation, including the planned AirTrain, to LaGuardia travellers.
The terminal will feature four concourses with 37 gates that can accommodate Delta's full fleet, as well as a new Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck, new hold rooms, and 30% more space for concessions.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame commenced construction on the new $818m Bugesera International Airport (BIA) in Rwanda's Eastern Province.
The new airport is being built to handle the rising air traffic in the country, as well as bolster intra-African travel, investment and business.
Kagame said: “Bugesera Airport is an important part of Rwanda's strategy for socio-economic transformation.
“Rwandans to whom we are accountable are used to having high expectations and trust us to deliver. This will be no different.”
London Gatwick Airport was set to invest £1.15bn over the next five years to support growth, as well as enhance efficiency and passenger satisfaction.
The 2017 Capital Investment Programme (CIP) is part of the airport’s investment strategy to improve facilities and transform services in order to ensure highest levels of passenger satisfaction.
CIP is a rolling five-year plan which is published each year. Of the £1.15bn investment, £240m will be spent on enhancements planned for 2017 and 2018.
Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport commenced construction work on the new extension of its terminal building, part of its £80m investment programme designed to handle growing passenger traffic.
The three-storey extension will be built from the existing gate 12 area spanning the old east end service yard out to the Gogar Burn.
Slated to be completed by summer 2018, the project will include the extension of the South East Pier of the airport in order to accommodate additional boarding gates and seating areas between gates 13 and 14.
London Heathrow Airport handled 7.53 million passengers in July, marking a 1.2% rise compared to the same month in 2016.
On average, the airport welcomed 243,000 passengers each day during the month.
Middle Eastern destinations from Heathrow Airport saw a 7% rise in passenger numbers to the region.
The Government of India granted environment clearance for the construction of the new Bhogapuram International Airport in the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP).
With a total estimated cost of INR22.6bn ($351.8m), the new airport will be constructed in the town of Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram district near Visakhapatnam.
The project will take place under a public–private partnership (PPP) as part of a design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) concession framework.
The UK's air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS has contracted Indra to deliver the latest interoperability Through European Collaboration (iTEC) technology to upgrade its air traffic management (ATM) systems.
The current deal is a major part of NATS’ investment plan over the next ten years, and will help transform the company’s air traffic control (ATC) operations in support of the Single European Sky (SES) project.
Under the terms of the deal, Indra is required to develop and integrate the latest flight data processor (FDP) and controller working position (CWP) systems, established within the iTEC collaboration.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deployed new facial recognition biometric exit technology at William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) in the US for certain flights departing from the airport.
Using flight manifests, CBP can now develop a gallery of photographs obtained from travel documents provided by passengers to airlines.
The US agency then compares the live photo of the passengers against their document photo in the gallery to ensure that the person is the real bearer of the document.
AGS Airports signed new three-year contracts with Scottish water retailer Business Stream for the supply of water and wastewater services at three of its airports in the UK.
UK-based AGS Airports owns Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen International Airport and Southampton Airport.
Business Stream secured a new supply contract for Southampton Airport, and has extended its existing contracts with the other two UK airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was set to change the reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) authorisation process for aircraft flying in US airspace.
The change can be brought in by removing the need for US-registered operators to apply for RVSM authorisation when their flights meet altitude-keeping requirements and are incorporated with qualified automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems.
First introduced in 1997, RVSM enables the reduction of the vertical separation that is required between aircraft above 29,000ft from a minimum of 2,000ft to 1,000ft.