September's top stories: London Stansted calls for aviation strategy, Siemens to modernise baggage handling

London Stansted CEO calls for new aviation strategy for UK airports, and Siemens to modernise baggage handling systems at airports in Greece. Airport-technology.com wraps up key headlines from September 2017.


London Stansted CEO calls for new aviation strategy for UK airports

London Stansted Airport’s CEO Ken O’Toole urged the UK Government to set out a national aviation strategy to help expand airports in the country.

He said that the new strategy should ensure space at the airports can be used to create positive impacts for consumers and the economy.

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union (EU), O'Toole claimed it is essential to improve the country’s connectivity with the rest of the world to help it succeed as an outward-facing trading nation.


ATP and Ontario Teachers’ to acquire stake in Copenhagen Airports for €1.3bn

Canadian company Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan collaborated with Danish Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension (ATP) to acquire a 57.7% stake in Copenhagen Airports (CPH) for approximately DKK 9.8bn (€1.3bn).

The shares will be purchased from the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III (MEIF3), which offered to divest its securities in Kastrup Airport Parents (KAP), a holding company that indirectly owns a 57.7% stake in CPH.

ATP will provide the financing required to fully fund the acquisition, after which the company will become a direct stakeholder in KAP.


Siemens to modernise baggage handling systems at airports in Greece

Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) secured a new contract to upgrade the baggage handling systems of 13 out of the 14 Fraport-operated regional airports in Greece.

The project was introduced by a consortium of Fraport and the Greek Copelouzos Group, which holds the concession to operate the airports.

The modernisation of baggage handling systems will enable the airports to ensure increased reliability and security of baggage transport to and from the country.


Airport Authority unveils $1.1bn upgrade plans for Pittsburgh International

Allegheny County Airport Authority unveiled plans for a $1.1bn modernisation and upgrade project of the Pittsburgh International Airport in the US.

The major plan involves the development of a new landside terminal adjacent to the refurbished airside terminal with 51 gates.

The airport overhaul will help reduce long-term costs, enhance passenger experience, and develop amenities in line with the modern day demands.


BIAL and Accenture to build new digital innovation centre at Kempegowda Airport in India

Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) signed an agreement with Irish management consulting company Accenture to establish a new co-innovation centre at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) in India.

The centre will use advanced technologies to incubate and develop new digital solutions with an aim to enhance passenger services at the Greenfield airport.

BIAL executive director and president Hari Marar said: “In today’s digitally agile world, customers expect us to be completely aware and in tune with their needs to enable more intelligent interactions.

“Working with Accenture will help us embrace this shift and build a powerful experience that will continue to transform our airport’s culture and enhance the customer’s airport experience by introducing innovative and interactive digital solutions.”


Airports and airlines may invest $33bn in IT this year, says SITA

A new report published by global information technology (IT) provider SITA revealed that airports and airlines intend to invest approximately $33bn in IT this year.

Titled ‘SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights’, the new report states the industries are focusing their technology investments on similar priorities, such as cyber-security, cloud technologies, and passenger self-services.

This year, the expenditure of the airports as a percentage of revenue is set to rise to an anticipated 5.05% or $8.43bn, while that of airlines is expected to rise to an estimated 3.30% or $24.3bn.


Rockwell Collins and Inmarsat sign deal for global distribution of SB-S system

Rockwell Collins signed a strategic agreement for the global distribution of Inmarsat’s latest SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) flight deck connectivity solution, which is designed to enhance safety and operational efficiency for aircraft.

SB-S is a secure flight deck communications system that meets strict aviation requirements for safety and operational data exchange with ground personnel.

It comprises an aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS), as well as safety and operational services over a secured internet protocol address (IP) data link and multiple voice channels.


AAI to upgrade airports in India

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is set to upgrade existing airports in Lucknow and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, as well as Deoghar in Jharkhand.

The AAI will also develop a new greenfield airport at Hirasar in the Rajkot district of Gujarat.

As part of the airport redevelopment projects, AAI intends to build a new integrated passenger terminal building at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at an estimated cost of Rs12.3bn ($191.46m).


Charlotte Douglas Airport to upgrade terminal building

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in the US is set to undergo a $70m terminal renovation with the refurbishment of Concourse B as part of the facility’s Destination CLT project.

The upgrade will include installation of new wall panels and ceiling tiles, laying new carpet in the seating areas, and providing improved seating arrangements with integrated power USB ports.

In addition, terrazzo flooring will be placed in the centre walkway of the concourses to better accommodate rolling luggage.


Smiths Detection to install hold baggage scanners at Frankfurt Airport

Smiths Detection secured a new contract to supply 35 units of its advanced HI-SCAN 10080 XCT hold baggage scanner to Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

The scope of the order also includes an associated service agreement for a period of eight years.

The installation of the new scanners will enable Frankfurt Airport to modernise its solutions to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 explosives detection systems that will provide enhanced security and operational efficiency to the airport baggage system.