Budapest and Xi’an Xianyang airports agree to cooperate

Budapest Airport accelerated its efforts to become a major distribution and logistics base for China in the Central and Eastern European region by signing a cooperation agreement with Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during the recent Belt and Road Forum summit in Beijing.

Hungary Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said: “Between two countries ­like these, with quite a distance between them geographically, strong economic cooperation is only possible if they are well-connected, which is why aviation connections, direct flights between Hungary and China, are of key importance.

“For this reason, we are delighted that a cooperation agreement between the airport of Xi’an and Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport is signed, as this agreement may link additional Chinese cities to the network where direct flights are available from Hungary, from Budapest.”


Fraport commences construction on Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport began work on the new Terminal 3.

The project is expected to cost around €3.5bn to €4bn, making it Fraport’s largest single investment in the airport.

An estimated 5,000 construction workers per day will be employed during the peak of construction.


Australian Border Force IT outage causes delays at airports

Passengers arriving at or departing from Australian international airports were delayed due to an IT outage experienced by the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney international airports were affected by the IT system failure, which caused the SmartGate passport control machines to go down.

The airport authorities processed passengers manually while the machines were down.


Sacramento Airport chooses Accipiter radar to boost security

Accipiter Radar Technologies secured a contract to supply its 3D Total Coverage avian radar system to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in the US.

The company signed a 12-month radar-as-a-Service (RaaS) contract to deliver its solution, which is aimed at helping the airport to secure its airspace.

The 3D Total Coverage avian radar system has been built on Accipiter’s Radar Intelligence Network (RIN) Platform Technology, which is said to be scalable and flexible.


Gatwick Airport trials service to assist special needs passengers

Gatwick Airport launched a new service that allows blind and visually impaired passengers to call agents for help to guide them through the airport.

Available free of charge and 24 hours a day, the on-demand service can be accessed through the Aira app on a smartphone.

Passengers with special needs can call the professionally trained agents who will help them to read documents or even find their bag on the luggage carousel.


Smiths Detection to supply detection system at Ezeiza Airport

German security solutions provider Smiths Detection’s distributor Dainippon secured an order to deliver a high-speed explosives detection system (EDS) to Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina.

The HI-SCAN XCT 10080 EDS will be deployed at the airport’s new baggage handling system to boost the speed and efficiency of screening processes.

Smiths Detection said that the supply contract for the advanced checked baggage screeners is worth $4.2m.


Report suggests airlines’ baggage tracking improved delivery by 66%

Baggage delivery rates at airports increased by 66% due to the introduction of additional tracking points by airlines, according to a report published by IT firm SITA.

The SITA 2019 Baggage IT Insights report suggests the upward trend in baggage delivery can be seen in airports across the world.

The report highlights that baggage tracking is carried out at the check-in and aircraft loading stages, as well as during transfers and arrivals. This has helped to decrease the mishandling rate and boost the delivery rate.


Leonardo to install baggage handling system at Hong Kong Airport

Italian technology company Leonardo secured a contract to install a baggage handling system at Hong Kong International Airport.The multi-sorting baggage handling system (MBHS) will be installed in Terminal 1 at the airport as part of its ‘Primary Sorter Replacement’ programme.

Leonardo’s advanced baggage handling technology will replace the existing sets of legacy tilt-tray primary sorters and all associated hardware and software.


San Francisco Airport buys Proterra’s electric buses to cut emissions

Accipiter Radar Technologies secured a contract to supply its 3D Total Coverage avian radar system to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in the US.

The company signed a 12-month radar-as-a-Service (RaaS) contract to deliver its solution, which is aimed at helping the airport to secure its airspace.

The 3D Total Coverage avian radar system has been built on Accipiter’s Radar Intelligence Network (RIN) Platform Technology, which is said to be scalable and flexible.


GVK signs agreement to divest 49% airport stake to ADIA and NIIF

India-based GVK Power & Infrastructure signed an agreement to divest a 49% stake in airport business to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).

Proceeds from the transaction will be used to retire the company’s debt obligations of Rs57.5bn ($825m).

As per the term sheet signed by GVK Power & Infrastructure subsidies GVK Airport Developers and GVK Airport Holdings, ADIA and NIIF will invest in GVK Airport Holdings through the acquisition of new shares.