May's top stories: Salt Lake City Airport to construct North Concourse, Montréal Pierre–Elliott Trudeau Airport improvements
Salt Lake City Airport to construct $740m North Concourse, and Aéroports de Montréal inaugurates $350m improvements at Montréal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2016.
Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, US, planned to construct a $740m concourse north of the airport's existing terminal.
The North Concourse will be built in two phases and add 30 new gates to the airport.
It will allow the airport authority to handle future passenger growth and replace existing facilities.
Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) inaugurated $350m worth of expansions and improvements at Montréal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Canada.
The improvements included an extension to the international jetty and the addition of six boarding gates for wide-body aircraft, such as the B-787 and A380.
The expansion also provided a new commercial area between existing Gates 52 and 53 and near Gate 1.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tested a new drone detection system at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
The trial was in response to complaints about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying illegally in the vicinity of airports, including JFK.
FAA UAS Integration senior advisor Marke Gibson said: "We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace.
Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, unveiled a new pier with enhanced services worth S$783m ($219.1m).
Built in less than two years, the new South pier added an extra 100,000m² to the airport's total area.
The pier features 26 new aerobridges, and was expected to add more than 100 new retail stores over a 24,000m² area by August.
Technology provider SITA and robotics company BlueBotics developed Leo, a new robot for automated baggage handling.
Leo was tested outside Geneva Airport in Switzerland.
The fully autonomous, self-propelling robot was designed to help passengers check in, print bag tags and carry up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg.
The Government of Australia decided to invest $115m in planning and preparation work for the Western Sydney Airport project.
According to Australia Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, the Western Sydney Airport would support growth and investment, as well as provide new job opportunities in Western Sydney.
Chester said: "Western Sydney is Australia's third largest economy and would be our fourth largest city in its own right, but too many of its residents have to travel outside the region for work.
American machine vision systems manufacturer Cognex unveiled the first image-based automatic tag reader (ATR) system, calling it the Airport Baggage Handling Identification Solution (ABH-ID).
The latest Cognex technology was to help overcome the limitations of existing laser-based baggage ID systems, thereby providing significantly higher read rates.
The image-based solution also helps reduce costs incurred due to the manual delivery of lost or late checked baggage and uses technology which is recognised by the airline industry.
Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju reportedly requested the country's airports install solar power plants, with an aim to generate one lakh MW of solar power.
Cochin International Airport in Kochi, India, had already deployed solar energy units providing 12MW.
A 5MW solar power plant was installed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, reported Express News Service.
Nigeria revealed plans to provide concessions to four international airports under the first phase of a new programme.
The airports included Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano.
The news was revealed by the country's Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika at the 2016 Aviation Stakeholders Forum held in Abuja.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) signed a memorandum of agreement to maximise flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The agreement detailed the foundation for the next aviation authorities to ensure that slot allocations for flights are maximised and are actually flown.
According to the agreement, misuse of slots would be subject to sanctions, including the termination of operations or forfeiture of acquired slots.