September's top stories: Club Aspire lounge for business travellers, UN's civil aviation resolution
Collinson Group subsidiary Airport Lounge Development and Swissport have partnered to open a new lounge, Club Aspire, at London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, and UN Security Council has adopted its first resolution to address the growing terrorist threats to civil aviation community. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from August 2016.
Collinson Group subsidiary Airport Lounge Development (ALD) and Switzerland-based aviation services provider Swissport partnered to open a new lounge, Club Aspire, at London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (T3).
Set to open doors to customers from next month near Gate 9, Club Aspire has been designed to cater to the needs of business travellers, including Priority Pass, Lounge Key and Lounge Club members as well as paying guests.
Capable of accommodating more than 120 passengers, Club Aspire will provide free Wi-Fi, desk areas with charging points, a dedicated snooze area with lounger seats, a quiet zone and multimedia tables.
It will also feature on-site showers, toilet and baby change areas, as well as a complete Bliss spa. Additional offerings include a range of dining and drink options.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted its first resolution to address growing terrorist threats to the civil aviation community.
The resolution, known as 2309 (2016), asked all nations to improve screening and use new technologies to identify explosives and other threats in airports.
It also called on the countries to share information about possible threats and enhance international and regional cooperation to counter extremist threats.
The 15-member UN council has also appealed to apply International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and assist the ICAO in improving its audit, capacity development and training programmes.
Germany’s Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Beijing Capital International Airport and Air China to increase flight frequencies between the two countries.
As part of the MoU, specialised passengers services will be developed at both Beijing Capital International Airport and Frankfurt Airport.
The MoU also includes communications and marketing activities between the two airports.
Fraport sales and customer service vice-president Winfried Hartmann said: “This cooperation agreement underscores the growing importance of Frankfurt as a preferred gateway to Germany and Europe for Chinese leisure and business travellers.
US-based communication solutions provider Motorola Solutions provided its Wave push-to-talk (PTT) platform at Stuttgart Airport in Southern Germany.
Designed to connect TETRA radio with different networks, such as Wi-Fi, cellular and telephone landlines, the Wave platform offers better workforce connectivity, interoperability and collaboration.
The PTT platform enhances connectivity between airport public safety personnel, workers and supporting organisations through various broadband platforms, including smartphones, computers, radios and telephones, from any location.
Flughafen Stuttgart information and communication services Matthias Kolb said: “We have been relying on Motorola Solutions’ TETRA digital radio solutions since 2009 and successfully expanded our Dimetra IP Compact system to Baden-Airpark in 2013.
Hefei Xinqiao International Airport in China was set to expand the use of video management system (VMS) developed by Qognify.
The airport, which implemented the VMS in 2010, aims to increase the investment in the solution further amidst a growing number of domestic and international flights.
Operating on a centralised management system, the Qognify's VMS can be used to monitor, manage and record activity within the airport terminal for achieving better security.
The system also helps reduce airport's total cost of ownership (TCO).
Germany’s Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior has selected Smiths Detection to provide hold baggage screening equipment for the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER.
Under the deal, Smiths Detection will provide eight of its next generation HI-SCAN 10080 XCT applications, along with 30 image analysis stations.
The deal also includes six HI-SCAN 5180si models, which can be used when required as a backup in different locations around the airport.
TAV Airports released its sustainability report in compliance with Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 guidelines.
The newly published report includes the results of several activities associated with environment, social and corporate governance.
TAV Airports president and CEO Sani Sener said: “At TAV Airports, we believe that financial returns are not eligible unless they also generate social benefits.
US-based Delta Air Lines opened its flagship Delta Sky Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia.
Featuring around 25,000ft² of open-floored space, the newly opened club has seating capacity for more than 500 guests and members.
Situated on the airport’s Concourse B near Gate B18, the new Delta Sky Club is second in size to the facility at Terminal 4 of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Dubai International Airports (DXB) is set to add ten new stands for A380 superjumbo jets at the airport’s Concourse C.
The airport has already commissioned work on the upgrade project, which will allow Dubai International Airports to accommodate a growing fleet of superjumbos.
As part of the upgrade, the number of Code F or A380 gates at Concourse C will be increased from three to 13, bringing the total number at DXB to 47.
Heathrow Hub called for the creation of an independent noise regulator to monitor and control noise at airports in the UK.
The Airports Commission had already proposed an independent aviation noise authority, but the idea has not yet been embraced by the government.
Heathrow Hub's proposed the regulator would work as a separate department of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and have a system of economic incentives and penalties in order to persuade airports to embrace changes.