John F Kennedy International Airport to undergo $10bn transformation

New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced a $10bn plan to renovate John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Under the proposal, JFK will be upgraded with improved road access and expanded rail transit systems to meet estimated passenger growth.

Governor Cuomo said: “Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate.”

Aconex to develop HKIA’s $18.23bn three-runway system project

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) chose Australian company Aconex to design and develop the HK$141.5bn ($18.23bn) three-runway system (3RS) project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

As part of the HKIA Master Plan 2030, the 3RS project will be completed over a ten-year period and aims to support Hong Kong’s economic development, environmental conservation and sustainability.

The Australian company was awarded the new HKIA 3RS project during an open tender.

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NATS and JANS sign agreement to improve Japan’s air navigation

UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS) to enhance the efficiency and safety of Japan’s air navigation.

Under the current agreement, NATS will offer services in areas that are identified and prioritised by JANS.

The agreement follows on from a previous memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2014 and a LoI signed last year. Both agreements aimed to develop mutual areas of interest for the two parties, especially in the field of air traffic control (ATC).

Construction begins on $818m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame broke ground to begin construction on the new $818m Bugesera International Airport (BIA) in Rwanda’s Eastern Province.

The new airport is being built to handle the rising air traffic in the country, as well as bolster intra-African travel, investment and business.

Kagame said: “Bugesera Airport is an important part of Rwanda’s strategy for socio-economic transformation.

“Rwandans to whom we are accountable are used to having high expectations and trust us to deliver. This will be no different.”

Gatwick to invest £1.15bn on airport enhancement projects

London Gatwick Airport announced plans to invest £1.15bn over five years to support growth, enhance efficiency and passenger satisfaction.

The 2017 Capital Investment Programme (CIP) is part of the airport’s investment strategy to improve facilities and transform services, intending to provide the highest levels of passenger satisfaction.

CIP rolled out a five-year plan which is published each year. Of the £1.15bn investment, £240m will be spent on enhancements in 2017 and 2018.

Indra to upgrade seven air traffic surveillance radars in Central America

Global consulting and technology company Indra received a contract from the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to upgrade seven air traffic surveillance radars in Central America.

With an aim to boost safety in Central American airports, Indra will digitise the air traffic surveillance systems distributed in four countries and the Cayman Islands.

The seven radars are situated in Monte Crudo and Dixon Hill in Honduras; Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua; Mata de Caña and Poas Volcano in Costa Rica; Cerro Santiago in Guatemala; and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

LAP and Peru sign agreement for $1.5bn expansion at Lima Airport

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) and the Government of Peru signed an amendment to the airport concession agreement signed in 2001, enabling LAP to go ahead with a $1.5bn expansion programme at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM).

Fraport owns a 70.01% share in LAP, while other shareholders include IFC International Financial (19.99%) and Peru’s AC Capitales SAFI (10%).

The amendment outlines when and how the government should hand over land needed for the airport expansion.

Salt Lake City International Airport plans to construct $740m North Concourse

Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, US, announced plans to construct a $740m concourse north of the airport’s existing terminal.

The North Concourse will be built in two phases and add 30 new gates to the airport.

It will allow the airport authority to handle future passenger growth and replace existing facilities.

CPB wins $400m contract to construct new runway at Brisbane Airport

CPB Contractors secured a $400m contract to build a new runway at Brisbane Airport in Australia.

The project will be carried out by CPB and Australian construction company BMD Constructions, as part of a joint venture (JV).

The contract will provide CPB with revenue of approximately $200m. CPB Contractors is a CIMIC Group company.

UK Government to fund new airport screening technologies

The UK Government announced plans to provide a £3m grant to support research that will help develop new airport screening technologies.

Interested companies and universities can submit their proposals for the award, which will focus on the development of new solutions to detect explosive devices hidden in electrical items.

The government is also interested in proposals that intend to find new ways of detecting tampered or irregular electrical items.