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November 7, 2018updated 08 Nov 2018 10:38am

October’s top news stories

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey started $2.7bn modernisation project for Newark Liberty International Airport, and Bangalore International Airport awarded a Rs30.36bn ($413) contract to L&T’s Buildings & Factories business. wraps up the key headlines from October 2018.

Newark Liberty Airport in US begins $2.7bn redevelopment project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey started a $2.7bn modernisation and redevelopment project for Newark Liberty International Airport in the US.

Under the project, the new Terminal One will be constructed by replacing the outdated Terminal A at the airport.

The existing Terminal A was opened in 1973, designed to handle a maximum of nine million passengers per annum. Last year, it handled more than 11 million travellers and is functionally obsolete.

L&T wins $413m T2 construction contract at Kempegowda Airport, India

Bangalore International Airport awarded a Rs30.36bn ($413m) contract to L&T’s buildings and factories business to build Terminal 2 (T2) of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, in the Indian state of Karnataka.

Under the contract, the business will be responsible for the design, procurement, engineering, construction, testing and commissioning of T2 at the airport.

The contract also includes the integration of services and utilities with the airport’s systems, support facilities and buildings.

JFK Airport in US to undergo $13bn renovation

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK Airport) in New York, US, is set to undergo a $13bn modernisation that will see the addition of two new terminal complexes.

Nearly $12bn of the investment will come from private funds and will be used to construct the new terminal complexes, which will add about four million square feet to the airport’s north and south sides.

The terminals will also boost the airport’s capacity by at least 15 million passengers per annum.

Study finds blockchain can play pivotal role in airport industry

Blockchain is quickly emerging as a key technology for future exploration among airport and airline CIOs across the world, thereby garnering the most research attention this year, according to new research by SITA.

The ‘2018 SITA Air Transport IT Insights’ report points out that blockchain provides several benefits ranging from passenger identification to ticketing, asset tracking and managing frequent flyers programmes.

SITA Lab director Gustavo Pina said: “The biggest obstacles standing in the way of a seamless passenger journey and truly efficient air travel are the siloed processes across the many stakeholders, including airlines, airports, ground handlers and control authorities.”

Gimpo International Airport completes domestic terminal renovation

South Korean airport operator Korea Airports completed a KRW250bn ($222m) decade-long renovation of the domestic terminal at Gimpo International Airport located in Seoul.

This domestic terminal was constructed in 1980. The upgrade began in 2009 and has been carried out without impacting regular operations according to the airport authority.

Following the upgrade, the 88,443m² terminal can provide shorter baggage processing time of just five minutes, cutting previous waiting time by ten minutes.

Gatwick Airport to turn emergency landing strip into second runway

London’s Gatwick Airport is set to introduce its latest draft plan to use its emergency runway as a secondary landing strip to deal with the growing traffic at the airport.

The move, which is part of the airport’s future growth plans, follows the airport’s failure to secure a government-supported expansion programme.

A spokesperson for Gatwick told media sources: “Airports are required to publish new master plans every five years, setting out their future growth plans and Gatwick has consistently confirmed it will do so before the end of this year.”

Lynx to acquire FBO assets of Voyager Jet at Allegheny Airport

The Sterling Group’s portfolio company Lynx FBO Network signed an agreement to acquire the fixed-base operator (FBO) assets of Voyager Jet Center at Allegheny County Airport in the US.

Set to conclude by the end of this month, the acquisition is the sixth FBO location and the third FBO acquired by Lynx this year.

Lynx FBO Network chief financial officer Matt DeLellis said: “We believe the Pittsburgh market, and its rise as a global innovation city, is a perfect complement to our growing network of FBOs and we look forward to working with the Allegheny County Airport Authority, Voyager Jet and the local FBO team to deliver a best-in-class service offering for our customers in the mid-Atlantic region.”

Emirates to introduce a ‘biometric path’ passenger system

Emirates Airline is set to launch its fully integrated ‘biometric path’ service at Dubai International Airport to more quickly process passengers using biometric technology such as facial and eye recognition.

The latest biometric passenger system, known as Smart Tunnel, was deployed at Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International for a trial.

The implementation, which is said to be the world’s first, enabled the airline’s passengers to complete check-in for their flight, immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge and board their flights simply by walking across the airport.

Mexico to scrap $13.3bn Mexico City airport project

Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that his government will cancel a partially built $13.3bn new airport for Mexico City.

The announcement followed a four-day public referendum launched by López Obrador to gauge public opinion about the construction of the airport.

During the referendum, the majority of Mexican people voted down the project, which is nearly one-third complete.

Port authority approves $355m for John F Kennedy Airport runway project

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $355m project to rehabilitate Runway 13L-31R at John F Kennedy International Airport in the US.

The fund will also be used to construct a new high-speed taxiway, part of a package of state-of-good-repair and system-enhancing projects to improve airport travel.

Instead of typical asphalt, the 10,000ft long runway is being constructed with concrete, which will provide the runway with longer-term durability that will minimise future operational impacts. It is expected to lengthen the runway’s lifespan by up to 40 years.

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