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Ukraine reopens two airports
19 December 2014 Ukraine has reopened two of the three airports, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk, that had been shut down from 13 December due to security...

Ethiopia to invest $68.5m for three new runways
19 December 2014 The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) has signed a ETB1.37bn ($68.5m) contract with three local firms for the construction of three airport...

Heathrow completes sale of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports
19 December 2014 Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) has closed its previously announced sale of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports in the UK to a consortium of Macquarie and...

EU funds worth €255m wasted on unnecessary airport expansion projects
18 December 2014 A report by the European Court of Auditors has found that close to €255m of funds granted by the European Union has been used for the unnecessary expansion of airports across Estonia,...

Gatwick uses cloud-based technology to increase runway capacity
18 December 2014 The UK's Gatwick Airport has increased its runway capacity, which will enable it to handle 55 flights an hour and an additional two million passengers on a single runway assisted by the...

Beijing to get third airport worth $13.1bn
18 December 2014 A third airport worth CNY80bn ($13.1bn) is to be built in Beijing, China, in order to reduce congestion and handle 72 million passengers a...

Fire in FlyBe plane engine forces emergency at Belfast airport
17 December 2014 Northern Ireland's Belfast International Airport declared an emergency after the engine of a FlyBe plane headed for Belfast City Airport from Glasgow caught...

Saab selects RadarView software for SR-3 airport surface movement radar integration
17 December 2014 Cambridge Pixel's RadarView radar visualisation software has been selected by Saab Air Traffic Management (ATM) to support integration and optimisation of its SR-3 airport surface movement...

Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport lays first stone for future Terminal 1
17 December 2014 France's Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport has laid the first stone for the construction of the future Terminal 1, which will equip the airport to handle close to 15 million passengers by...

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport gets new customs facility
16 December 2014 The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas, US, has unveiled its new customs facility, which will more than double its capacity to process international...

Zurich International Airport experiences partial shutdown after bomb threat
16 December 2014 Switzerland's Zurich International Airport faced flight delays and a partial shutdown following a bomb...

Investors sought for $2.6bn worth of airport projects in Philippines
16 December 2014 The tenders for six airport projects in the Philippines, which would cost approximately PHP116bn ($2.6bn), will be offered next year under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme to help...

Inquiry initiated into mass flight disruptions in UK
15 December 2014 A technical fault in the flight data system at National Air Traffic Services' (NATS) Swanwick centre that led to a widespread flight disruption at UK airports on Friday, will now be investigated...

Hamad International Airport launches second phase of airport expansion
15 December 2014 Qatar's Prime Minister has given the approval for the launch of the second phase of airport expansion by Hamad International Airport's steering...

Muscat Airport inaugurates Phase I expansion
15 December 2014 Phase I of Muscat Airport's International expansion project has been inaugurated, which would help flights to land and take off three times faster than...

US army to build exclusive airport for two drones
12 December 2014 The US army is reportedly building an airport in Texas, US, exclusively for two of its most commonly used drones Gray Eagle and...

Castellon airport in Spain opens for traffic three years after inauguration
12 December 2014 An airport in Castellon, Spain, received approval to operate flights more than three years after it was inaugurated in...

IATA predicts airlines' profitability to improve in 2015
12 December 2014 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted improved industry profitability, with the airlines expected to post a collective global net profit of $19.9bn in 2014, up from...

Turkish experts term decrease in altitude level of new Istanbul airport as safety threat
11 December 2014 The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) says that a decrease in the altitude level of the planned third airport in Istanbul may result in making the airport...

Sydney Airport begins expansion of T1 landside departure
11 December 2014 Australia's Sydney Airport has started the transformation of its T1 landside departures area, which will feature more check-in capacity, improved passenger circulation and a new food...

Stockholm Arlanda airport evacuated after bomb threat
11 December 2014 Sweden's main airport, Stockholm Arlanda International Airport, was evacuated following a bomb...