January's top stories: JFK's $10bn transformation, NY & NJ approves $32bn draft plan

John F Kennedy International Airport to undergo $10bn transformation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a $32bn draft Capital Plan. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2017.


John F Kennedy International Airport to undergo $10bn transformation

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $10bn plan to renovate John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Under the proposal, JFK will be upgraded with improved road access and expanded rail transit systems to meet estimated passenger growth.

Governor Cuomo said: “Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate."

Port Authority of NY & NJ approves $32bn draft of 2017-2026 Capital Plan

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a $32bn draft Capital Plan for the period from 2017-2026 for public comment and review.

The plan included new major capital projects, which the agency will invest in over the next ten years.

An extensive public outreach campaign will be carried out for the draft plan to ensure maximum participation from the stakeholders and public.

New report reveals Gatwick Airport contributed £5.3bn to UK economy in 2016

A report published by UK-based Oxford Economics revealed that England’s Gatwick Airport contributed £5.3bn or 0.3% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and supported 85,000 jobs in 2016.

According to the report, commissioned by the Gatwick Growth Board, the airport is also capable of generating a total economic contribution of £6.5bn and supporting an additional 13,000 new job opportunities by 2025.

This growth will be made possible if passenger numbers at Gatwick increase from the current 43 million by approximately 20% every year.

Copenhagen Airport launches two new construction projects worth $170.1m

Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport launched two new construction projects, worth a total of DKK1.2bn ($170.1m), in order to increase its capacity for passengers and aircraft.

The airport invested DKK850m ($120.5m) in the first construction phase of a new Pier E area, and DKK390m ($55.2m) to expand busy passenger areas in Terminal 2.

Pier E will accommodate additional aircraft stands, helping the airport serve new routes, while the transit area after the airport's central security checkpoint will be doubled in size.

Dubai International Airport handles 83.6 million passengers in 2016

Dubai International Airport handled 83.6 million passengers last year, thereby retaining its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers.

Last year, the airport handled a total of 83,654,250 passengers, marking a 7.2% rise in traffic volumes compared to 2015.

In December 2016, monthly passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport rose to 7,706,351, a 9.3% increase over the number recorded in December 2015.

UK launches public consultation for measures to reduce nighttime flight noise at three airports

The UK Government launched a public consultation on new noise reduction measures for nighttime flights at the country’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.

Under the current proposal, the restrictions will be implemented until 2022, before the proposed expansion at London Heathrow Airport is expected to become operational.

The measures will encourage the use of quieter aircraft at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports in order to reduce the number of people affected by flight noise at night, while ensuring existing benefits to travellers and maintaining the economy of night flights.

LG introduces new smart robots for airport use

South Korean company LG Electronics (LG) produced a new line of advanced robots, two of which are designed to provide services at airports.

The solutions were the Airport Guide Robot, which provides assistance to passengers, and the Airport Cleaning Robot, which offers industrial cleaning services.

The Airport Guide Robot will operate as an advanced information hub for passengers travelling to and from airports.

NLR completes first flight trials to test aircraft satellite communication

Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) completed the first flight trials using satellites for air-ground communication as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Iris Precursor programme.

Co-funded by The Netherlands, the flight trials were conducted to help air traffic controllers monitor an in-flight aircraft more effectively and enhance air traffic management (ATM) efficiency.

Following a contract received from the European Space Agency (ESA) and UK-based satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, NLR carried out the flight trials using the company’s Citation research aircraft.

Athens International Airport becomes first airport in Greece to attain carbon-neutral status

Athens International Airport in Greece attained carbon neutral status (Level 3+) certification from the independent carbon management programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Athens International is the first airport in the European country to have achieved carbon neutral status.

With the achievement of Athens Airport, the total number of carbon neutral airports worldwide has reached 28.

Telephonics wins US FAA production order for common terminal digitisers

US-based Griffon (GFF) subsidiary Telephonics secured production orders from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 34 common terminal digitiser (CTD) systems.

The latest production order contract, in addition to the development programme, had a total value of $22.7m.

The CTD technology was developed by Telephonics to process and convert radar signals from the legacy airport surveillance radar (ASR-8) and Beacon air traffic control systems (ATC) radar systems to the modern digital data standards required by standard terminal automation replacement systems (STARS).