June's top stories: Limak to build $4.34bn terminal, EU and EFTA airports invest over €53bn

Limak to build $4.34bn terminal at Kuwait International Airport, and EU and EFTA airports invest more than €53bn over ten years. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from June 2016.


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Limak to build $4.34bn terminal at Kuwait International Airport

Turkey-based Limak Construction, along with its local agent Kharafi National, is to construct a new terminal worth $4.34bn at Kuwait International Airport in the Middle East.

To be built over an area of 708,000m², the new passenger terminal will be capable of handling 25 million passengers every year.

It will also be able to accommodate 51 gates and stands, as well as operate 21 A380 jumbo jets simultaneously.

EU and EFTA airports invest more than €53bn over ten years to boost capacity

European airport trade association ACI Europe revealed that the top 21 airports in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have invested more than €53bn in their facilities between 2005 and 2015.

The 21 airports include Amsterdam Schiphol, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Barcelona, Oslo, Berlin Tegel, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Paris CDG & Orly, Rome FCO, Stockholm Arlanda, Vienna and Zurich.

The investment provided an additional capacity of approximately 178 million passengers to handle significant traffic growth at the airports.

Inaction on Heathrow expansion could cost Northern Powerhouse £710m annually

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Inaction on Heathrow Airport's expansion could foil the UK Government's aim to transform the North of England into a high productivity Northern Powerhouse, losing out on £710m annually in trade, Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye warned.

Holland-Kaye said capacity constraints at the airport will force passengers to use other international hub airports for travel instead of Heathrow, which would generate less trade for the country's economy.

With the capacity expansion, increased travel to and from the UK via Heathrow Airport could help add an extra £1.7bn in trade each year.

LGP begins construction on $4bn redevelopment project at LaGuardia Airport, US

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) began construction of the new LaGuardia Airport in New York City, US, marking the execution of the first complete rebuild of an airport in the country in more than 20 years.

The $4bn redevelopment project will see the construction of a 1.3 million ft², 35-gate terminal with a central entry hall and supporting amenities, including a parking garage.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said: "LaGuardia is a key driver of New York's economy and transportation network, but for far too long it has been outdated, overcrowded, and unworthy of the Empire State.

New Emirates A380 to raise awareness of illegal wildlife trade

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Emirates launched its fifth A380, which features a design raising awareness of illegal wildlife trade, at London's Heathrow Airport.

The new A380 is a model aircraft that features special livery in support of United for Wildlife, an alliance between conservation organisations, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.

The new Emirates A380 aircraft is to be displayed onsite at the airport's main traffic roundabout.

London's Gatwick Airport opens its £186m Pier One

London's Gatwick Airport in the UK launched its new £186m Pier One facility, one of the largest projects the airport has ever undertaken.

The new facility features a new baggage system for the South Terminal, and five new passenger gate rooms with views across the runway.

The new baggage system will be able to handle more than 4,250 bags an hour.

US CBP introduces Mobile Passport Control app at JFK and Newark Liberty airports

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport (NLIA).

MPC allows eligible travellers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form to CBP before arriving at the airport through an app for iPhone and Android users.

CBP New York Field Operations director Robert E. Perez said: "CBP is proud to work with local stakeholders to offer Mobile Passport Control as an option to expedite traveller's arrival to the US.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in US commences work on $6bn ATLNext plan

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, Georgia, US, has commenced work on ATLNext, the airport's $6bn capital improvement plan.

Under the 20-year plan, ATL will upgrade its terminal, replace parking facilities, expand cargo operations and concourses, as well as plan for a hotel and mixed-use development project.

One of the first projects in the plan includes a six-week schedule to modernise the West Crossover, the escalator corridor connecting the airport's Plane Train automated people mover system with the baggage claim areas.

Airlines expect Brexit may increase airfares by up to 30%

The UK Government, supported by airlines such as British Airways and EasyJet, was expected to seek access to Europe's single aviation market if Britain leaves the European Union (EU).

Mlex chief correspondent Lewis Crofts reported that certain airlines predict an increase in airfares by up to 30%.

Last October, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain's exit from the EU would increase airfares, while economics consultancy Oxera predicts the airfares to rise between 15% and 30%.

San Francisco airport to commence $2.4bn terminal renovation project

San Francisco International Airport in California, US, will commence construction on a $2.4bn renovation project of its Terminal One.

The terminal currently serves domestic airlines Delta, Southwest and Frontier.

It will be partially demolished to construct and renovate two new boarding areas, central check-in and security spaces, and a baggage claim area.