March’s top stories: UK airport £1bn programme, Brussels airport and subway station explosions
UK's Manchester Airport receives consent for £1bn transformation programme, Brussels' Zaventem Airport and subway station rocked with explosions, and Dublin Airport plans €15m Terminal One modernisation. Airport-technology.com wraps up key headlines from March 2016.
The UK's Manchester Airport received planning consent from Manchester City Council for its £1bn airport transformation programme.
Under the Manchester Airport transformation programme (MAN-TP), the airport will make a series of 60 enhancements over a ten-year period.
The improvement programme will provide new passenger services and a new contemporary design for the airport.
Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgium, was struck by two explosions, killing 13 and injuring as many as 35 people.
The two blasts occurred in the departures area of the airport shortly after 8:00am local time.
The Belgian state broadcaster reported that the explosions were the result of a suicide attack.
Dublin Airport in Ireland invested €15m to upgrade its departures floor and security screening area in Terminal One.
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: "Almost 400 million passengers have used Terminal One since it first opened for airport operations 44 years ago.
"The building has endured much wear and tear over that time and we are renovating it on a phased basis starting with departures and the security screening area."
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Board of Commissioners authorised $5.2bn of funding for modernisation projects at LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in the US.
Of the total funding, $2.9bn was for the new Terminal B and Central Hall at LaGuardia, while $2.3bn will be spent replacing Newark Liberty's outmoded Terminal A.
The board approved a lease with New York's LaGuardia Gateway Partners in order to finance, design, build, operate and maintain a new terminal at the airport.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed its communication tower lighting standards to reduce the number of bird fatalities from collision with tall structures.
The federal agency built several tower lighting configurations for tall structures to warn pilots about obstructions, especially during night hours and in adverse weather conditions.
The configurations feature white and red steady-burning, strobe, and flashing lights.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US unveiled plans for its $6bn, 20-year capital improvement programme.
The ATLNext programme will see construction of a sixth runway, a new cargo structure, the new $983m Concourse G, and a 400-room hotel with a travel plaza.
Details of the expansion plan were outlined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the airport's general manager Miguel Southwell.
German airline Lufthansa developed a new easy-to-use baggage tracing solution, WorldTracer, to help speed-up the arrival of delayed or mishandled bags to passengers.
The WorldTracer system features a simple desktop interface that can easily record delayed luggage and locate missing bags worldwide.
Airport operators, ground handlers and airlines can use the WorldTracer system's global baggage data through the new interface.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority officials unanimously approved a $1.8bn spending plan to build a new South Terminal Complex (STC) at Orlando International Airport, Florida, US.
The STC Phase 1-Terminal C is expected to handle the growing number of passengers at the airport.
Initiated in the 1990s, the development scheme is part of a revised capital improvement plan for fiscal 2016-2023.
French company Morpho signed a contract with Singapore's Changi Airport to deliver a biometric control system that allows passengers to travel using facial recognition.
The solution also includes a self bag drop system, self-boarding gates and integrated border clearance, and will help improve efficiency and passenger travel experience at the airport.
The company designed the system based on its MorphoPass biometric applicant management system and MorphoWay automated gates.
Indra signed a contract with Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to deploy a primary surveillance radar (PSR) for the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua.
The contract was signed on the first day of the World ATM Congress held in Madrid, Spain.
The deal adds to COCESNA's network of non-cooperative radars installed in the terminals of its major airports.