September’s top stories: Gatwick £750m contracts, Jamaica to invest in ATC towers

London's Gatwick Airport invited bids to undertake various construction works worth £750m in the next five years, Jamaica announced plans to invest $2.57bn to build new ATC towers at two of its airports, and the Iranian Government held talks with French companies over participation in the development of Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2015.


Gatwick

Gatwick Airport invites applications for £750m construction contracts

London's Gatwick Airport is inviting bids to undertake various construction works worth £750m in the next five years.

The works are segregated into low and medium complexity, with the scope of works including refurbishment, re-configuration, fitting out, new-build and asset replacement.

Low complexity projects are worth £100,000 to £1.5m, with a total value estimated to be around £150m.

Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority to invest $2.57bn for new air traffic control towers

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is to invest $2.57bn to build two new air traffic control towers at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay.

The investment is part of a comprehensive $4.2bn modernisation and upgrading programme to replace major components of its communications, navigation and surveillance systems.

JCAA director general Nari Williams-Singh said: "The upgrades will see our radars, automation systems, voice communication and control systems and air traffic control simulation systems upgraded.

French firms in talks to build second terminal at Iran's Imam Khomeini Airport

IKIA

The Iranian Government is reportedly in talks with French industrial group Bouygues and Aéroports de Paris over possible participation in the development of Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), Tehran.

The project, which forms the $2.8bn expansion plans at the airport, is likely to be carried out as a joint venture between the firms and will include building a second terminal.

The new terminal will be built at the 13,500ha airport to increase its capacity to handle 20 million passengers a year.

ACI and CANSO partner to launch new initiative to reduce noise from aviation

Airports Council International (ACI) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) have joined forces to launch a new initiative to help reduce noise from aviation.

Under the initiative, both the entities have published a practise guide 'Managing the Impacts of Aviation Noise', which examines the challenge of aviation noise and suggests methods to aimed to reduce aviation noise for communities near airports.

Noise mitigation measures in the guide exemplifies 11 case studies along with solutions and describes methods that airport operators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) can use to manage and reduce impact of the noise.

Aurecon and AECOM JV to design Perth Airport's third runway

Runway

Perth International Airport in Australia has awarded a contract to Aurecon and AECOM joint venture to design the new runway (03R/21L) and an international apron.

The 2,700m long new runway will be 45m wide, running parallel to the existing main runway and located between Terminal 1 and Abernethy Road.

Nine kilometres of taxiways will integrate the runway with the airfield.

Infrastructure systems such as lighting, navigation aids and an additional fire fighting and rescue station will also be set up at the airport to support the new runway.

Siemens launches AeroMACS compatible devices for wireless networks in airports

AeroMACS

Siemens has launched its new Ruggedcom WIN portfolio of rugged WiMAX devices, which are designed to allow setting-up of secure high-speed wireless networks in airports.

Developed to be compatible with Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) wireless communications standard, the Ruggedcom WIN products can be installed and operated in ground vehicles, control stations, weather stations and at security gates.

The three rugged network products in line are the Ruggedcom WIN7251 base station, facilitating high-speed broadband communication with a large number of subscriber units across the entire airport site.

Israel to build fence along the controversial Timna airport

Israel will commence the construction of a new fence from Eilat to Timna in the southern part of the country, where a new airport is being built.

Located approximately 30km north of the Gulf of Aqaba and the town of Eilat, the Ramon International Airport in Timna will replace Eilat Airport.

The 30km fence will be installed with sensors, as part of a larger plan to fence the entire southern border with Jordan at a cost of NIS3bn ($765m), Ynet reported.

Thales to deliver integrated security solution for Oman's Muscat and Salalah airports

Salalah airport

Oman's Ministry of Transport & Communications has selected Thales to deliver an integrated security solution for installation in two of its newest airports in Muscat and Salalah.

Thales, as the master system integrator (MSI) for both airports, will provide a high technology integrated security solution that will be managed by an airport operation control centre.

The solution will include perimeter intrusion detection system, video protection system, access control, screening equipment, security check points, access and backbone network along with data centres to ensure high performance and quality of services.

Poland's Radom Airport gets its first passenger flight

Poland's Radom Airport has obtained its first scheduled passenger connection from Riga to Radom.

Launched by the Latvian airline airBaltic, which is effective from 1 September, the new route will offer convenient travel between the two airports, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS.

The airport, which was previously a military airport, opened in May 2014 and was on the verge of a closure due to financial difficulties and lack of interest in securing passenger flights from airlines.

London's Heathrow expansion plans to include Merseyside firms

Heathrow

London's Heathrow Airport has invited Merseyside firms to join its supply chain, ahead of its £15.6bn runway extension plan.

The extension will help suppliers procure opportunities worth £15.6bn, along with thousands of construction jobs, reported Liverpool ECHO.

In June, the Airports Commission chose construction of a third runway at Heathrow over other options including the extension of an existing runway at Heathrow, and a second runway at Gatwick Airport, to expand Britain's aviation capacity.