October’s top stories: Opposition to Heathrow project, plane fire at US airport
Construction begins on Frankfurt Airport’s new Terminal 3, Airport IT investments in 2015 to reach $8.7bn, and Ethiopia confirms $4bn international airport project. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from October 2015.
Edinburgh Airport chairman Sir John Elvidge has strongly opposed construction of a third runaway at London Heathrow, UK, claiming it would have a negative impact on Scotland.
In a statement reported by Herald Scotland, Elvidge said that a third runway at Heathrow would 'stifle competition' and leave Scotland 'feeding a steroid-enhanced' hub at the expense of its own growth.
Construction of an additional runway at Heathrow was recommended instead of a second runway in nearby Gatwick Airport by the UK Airports Commission in July.
The Ethiopian Government has finalised plans for the construction of an international airport in the country's capital city Addis Ababa with an investment of around $4bn.
The airport will be built within a radius of 100km from Addis Ababa and will be developed in several phases in a span of about eight years.
On completion, it will feature four runways and an undisclosed number of passenger terminals with a capacity for more than 100 million passengers annually.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) operator Fraport has started work on its new €2.5 to €3bn Terminal 3 that will serve up to 14 million passengers annually.
The move follows the passenger growth forecast results from two independent research institutes that revealed that the passenger traffic at the airport was expected to rise between 68 million and 73 million by 2021.
The first phase of construction under the seven year project will include the main terminal building and two 400m and 600m-long piers called 'H' and 'J', continuing the nomination of the existing piers at FRA North.
Singapore's Changi Airport Group (CAG) has selected a joint venture formed by Samsung C&T Corp and Koh Brothers to develop a three-runway system for S$1.12bn.
The contract was awarded as a part of future expansion proposal that includes the development of Changi East and a future Terminal 5 in addition to transforming an existing third runway currently used by the military for joint civil-military purpose.
CAG intends to extend and connect the third runway to the existing two runways to handle commercial flights.
Total investments in IT at airports worldwide are estimated to reach $8.7bn this year, with primary focus on enhancing passenger comfort and airport security.
The IT investment has increased from 5.82% of revenues in 2014 to 6.25% this year, and is expected to increase further next year, according to the Airport IT Trends Survey.
Co-sponsored by Airports Council International (ACI) and SITA, in association with Airline Business, the survey covered respondents representing more than 223 airports.
A Dynamic Airways jetliner caught fire when it was preparing to take off from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida.
Bound for the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, the Boeing 727 carried 101 passengers who had to be immediately evacuated using the inflatable emergency slides.
A pilot of another plane on the runway noticed fuel leakage and reported it to the air-traffic controllers at around 12.30pm local time on Thursday.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has made changes to the master plan for the Tan Son Nhat airport in order to accommodate future passenger growth.
Under the plan approved by the transport ministry, the eight-hectare expansion at Tan Son Nhat airport will increase its aircraft parking capacity to 82, twice the current number and airport aprons from 40 to 54.
The airport terminals will be upgraded to increase the passenger capacity to 25 million passengers a year by 2020.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has reopened John F. Kennedy International Airport's major runway after completion of a six-month long revamp worth $400m.
All four runways of the JFK Airport are in full use now for the first time since the spring this year, when the Port Authority commenced the major portion of rehabilitative work on Runway 4Left-22Right.
The runway stretches more than two miles from the Rockaway Boulevard to a peninsula extending into Jamaica Bay. It now has an 18in thick concrete surface that was built using a total of 220,000t of concrete to replace the runway's previous base of asphalt.
The Australian Government has announced a draft plan for an international airport in Sydney in addition to a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Proposed to be built in Badgerys Creek, Sydney's second international airport will connect Western Sydney with the rest of the world and will boost tourism and industry.
Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss said: "The release of the airport plan and the draft EIS presents an important opportunity for the community to be informed about the airport project and its likely impact on their neighbourhood. Both documents will go on public exhibition today until Friday, 18 December 2015."
The Government of Bahrain has unveiled plans to build a second airport to accommodate predicted passenger growth in future.
The new airport has been proposed to be built on a purpose-built island off the north coast.
Bahrain's Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal Bin Ahmed was quoted by Arabian Business as saying that the kingdom is also pushing ahead with its plan first announced in 2010 to build an entirely separate airport on a purpose-built island.