February's top stories: Laser attacks on aircraft still ‘dangerously high’, HKIA’s three-runway system project

BALPA says laser attacks on aircraft still ‘dangerously high’, and Aconex to design and develop the HK$141.5bn ($18.23bn) three-runway system (3RS) project at HKIA. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2017.


BALPA says laser attacks on aircraft still ‘dangerously high’

A new report from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that pilots suffered a total of 1,258 laser attacks last year in airports across the country.

Among the 14 airports that were most commonly targeted by laser attacks in 2016, Heathrow remains at the top of the list with 151 incidents, reported Guardian.

In 2015, Heathrow Airport saw 121 reported incidents of laser attacks.

Aconex to develop HKIA’s $18.23bn three-runway system project

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) selected Australian company Aconex to design and develop the HK$141.5bn ($18.23bn) three-runway system (3RS) project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Part of the HKIA Master Plan 2030, the 3RS project will be completed over a ten-year period and aims to support Hong Kong’s economic development, environmental conservation and sustainability.

The Australian company was awarded the new HKIA 3RS project during an open tender.

Brisbane Airport awards $120m contract to McConnell Dowell for Dryandra road works

Australia’s Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) awarded a $120m contract to New Zealand-based infrastructure construction company McConnell Dowell to carry out construction for the airport’s new Dryandra road works project.

The new contract involves the development of a reinforced concrete four-lane underpass, which will be an important structural element for the airport's new runway.

The project is expected to generate up to 300 new job opportunities during its construction period.

Portuguese Government signs MoU with ANA to expand capacity at Lisbon airport

The Portuguese Government signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Japan airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) to expand the capacity of Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport in Portugal.

Developed by ANA in collaboration with the other stakeholders, the expansion plan seeks to enhance the airport's competitiveness as an international hub.

IATA says Heathrow expansion must not increase airport charges

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that construction of the approximately £17bn third runway at London Heathrow Airport must not cause a rise in airport charges.

According to IATA, Heathrow’s charges are already the highest in the world, more than doubling those at Gatwick and 40% more than Amsterdam, 34% more than Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and 25% more than Frankfurt.

The IATA view has been supported by the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, who stated that the scheme needs to offer an expansion plan 'that keeps landing charges close to current levels'.

New UK legislation to protect pilots from laser pen attacks

The UK Government introduced new laws to penalise people shining laser pens to distract pilots during flights, in a bid to ensure safer airspace travel.

Under the new legislation, laser attackers can be penalised with fines worth thousands of pounds or even a jail sentence.

Offenders shining lasers at pilots currently face fines up to £2,500.

Qantas opens new hangar at Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US unveiled a new $30m hangar for Australian airline Qantas.

Being one of the largest commercial hangars across North America, the new Qantas engineering facility is the first to be specially designed to accommodate the Airbus A380.

The hanger will facilitate maintenance checks on the Australian airline’s A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft during its ground time in Los Angeles.

CCA to deliver digital media network at US Honolulu International Airport

US-based Clear Channel Airports (CCA) was set to implement a comprehensive digital advertising network across Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport (HNL) for ten years.

CCA is a brand division of US-based outdoor advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor, which is a subsidiary of American mass media company iHeartMedia.

The first media company to provide an in-terminal advertising concession to HNL, CCA’s advertising programme will cover unique and advanced digital assets and displays.

Dubai Airports deploys NCR omni-channel technology at DXB and DWC

US-based computer company NCR was set to deploy its omni-channel technology solutions at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

Currently available on kiosks, mobile phones, tablets and personal computers, NCR's Wayfinding technology aims to enhance services for passengers travelling through the two airports.

DXB, which handled more than 80 million passengers in 2016, has adopted NCR solutions to help passengers find gates, restaurants or duty-free shopping areas.

Germany’s Rohde & Schwarz to deliver IP-based VCS for UK NATS

UK-based air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS selected German electronics company Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S VCS-4G IP-based voice communications system for its air traffic control (ATC) communications in the UK airspace.

Within the framework of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, NATS aims to upgrade the UK’s entire air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure over the coming years.

The current Rohde & Schwarz R&S VCS-4G, NATS’ second voice system, will be deployed by the company in 2017.