July's top stories: Heathrow selects Grimshaw, Work begins on San Francisco airport project
London's Heathrow selects Grimshaw Architects for airport expansion concept design, and work commences on San Francisco airport’s Terminal One renovation project. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from July 2016.
UK-based architectural firm Grimshaw Architects was selected by London Heathrow Airport as the concept designer for the airport’s £16bn expansion.
The new appointment emphasises that Heathrow Airport is ready to undergo the infrastructure project that would boost the UK economy, and generate new jobs across the country.
Heathrow Airport Design head Barry Weekes said: “We look forward to working with Grimshaw to develop their bold ideas so that once the government approves the Heathrow expansion, we can create a world-class sustainable hub airport which delivers for our passengers, our airlines and also helps to integrate Heathrow with our local communities.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California, US, commenced the $2.4bn renovation works on Terminal One, the airport's oldest passenger facility.
The project will create an interim Boarding Area B with nine fully-operations gates, thereby serving continued passenger activity while a complete redevelopment of the Terminal One takes place.
Renovation works at the airport will be completed in phases from 2016 to 2024.
The UK Government approved the new £344m expansion programme at London City Airport, in a bid to create new jobs and boost the country's finances.
BY 2025, the London City Airport expansion is expected to generate 1,600 new airport jobs and 500 construction jobs, as well as add £1.5bn to the economy.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said: “London City Airport’s ambitious growth plans will boost international connections, strengthening the City of London’s links to destinations across the world, and send a clear signal that Britain is open for business.
American aerospace, defence and security company Lockheed Martin secured a $344m contract from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop and deploy a new NextGen technology for facilitated aircraft movement at an airport.
The new technology will enhance the efficiency of both departures and arrivals, as well as the ground movement of airplanes.
NextGen will not only help save time for the passengers but also reduce the impact of flights on the environment by lowering both carbon emissions and noise levels.
Ireland's Dublin Airport installed 62 new self-service kiosks (SSKs) between Terminal 1 and 2 in order to increase its peak check-in capacity.
The new SSKs will enable the airport and airlines to process an increased number of passengers, facilitating smoother and faster journeys.
The €2m investment will help improve the check-in experience for four of the airport's primary airline customers, namely Ryanair, CityJet, Aer Lingus and Flybe, while several other airlines operating at Dublin Airport have expressed their interest in using the same technology.
London Gatwick Airport decided to increase its investment by an additional £200m in a bid to boost the airport’s continued record growth.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan supported the additional investment as well as the expansion plans of the airport with the construction of a second runway.
Sadiq Khan said: “Gatwick is the front door to London for millions of visitors to our city and I salute their decision to spend another £200m on improvements to the airport.
Passengers flying from London City Airport will now be able to use Facebook Messenger to check flight information in real-time.
The airport was the first in the country to introduce the service for its customers, after successfully carrying out a short trial.
Passengers with Facebook Messenger installed on their smartphones or tablets will be able to send their flight number on the day of travel to the airport’s Flight Info Facebook page in order to receive personalised flight information.
British construction company Balfour Beatty was awarded a £170m contract from London's Heathrow Airport to modernise baggage screening and handling systems at the airport.
The project will involve upgrading and installing screening and handling systems at Heathrow's eastern baggage facility.
The new contract was a part of Heathrow Airport's three-year delivery integrator framework, awarded to the construction company in 2014, that covers infrastructure upgrade and asset management works.
American engineering company AECOM was awarded a contract worth an estimated $100m to deliver programme management and construction management (PM/CM) services at the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport in Texas, US.
The five-year contract comprised federally and non-federally funded airfield improvements, building projects and landside developments.
Under the terms of the deal, AECOM will deliver full project lifecycle services to the airport's design, code and construction department.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in collaboration with other members of the aviation community, has developed new standards to improve runway safety at all US airports during harsh weather conditions.
US airports, airline flight crews, dispatchers, general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers will start using the new Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) safety standards from 1 October.
The TALPA standards will help reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and fatal incidents caused by weather-related runway contamination.