Smiths Detection sets up new facility to serve airports in India

UK-based security solutions provider Smiths Detection opened a new training and experience centre in India to serve airport clients.

Located in Gurugram in the state of Haryana, the service centre was set up with an investment of $1.5m.

The facility houses a training centre, customer call centre, rework depot, parts warehouse and customer experience lab.


IAG criticises Heathrow for covering up rising costs of third runway

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh criticised Heathrow Airport for hiding the increasing cost of the proposed third runway.

In a submission to UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Walsh said that Heathrow acted in an irresponsible manner by spending more than £3.3bn before securing planning permission.

He argued that this money will be recovered from airlines and, in turn, travellers. Walsh urged the CAA to stop Heathrow from increasing the proposed runway’s costs.


Japan’s Narita Airport selects ICM’s self-service auto bag drop units

Japan’s Narita International Airport awarded ICM Airport Technics a contract to deploy 72 self-service auto bag drop (ABD) units across four terminals.

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The installation of the self-service baggage solutions is expected to enhance passenger check-in efficiency and bag drop times ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

ICM Group CEO Richard Dinkelmann said: “ICM is delighted to have been appointed by Narita to bring our world-leading self-service solutions to improve the passenger experience and throughput in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.

“This is an ideal opportunity for ICM to showcase our technology in Japan.”


Kuala Lumpur Airport tests biometric passenger processing

Malaysia Airports and SITA tested biometric passenger processing at the main terminal of Kuala Lumpur (KL) International Airport, Malaysia.

The partners also reached an agreement to develop new platforms to support Malaysia Airports’ digital initiatives.

SITA unveiled its whole-journey identity management solution Smart Path. The platform automates the travel journey by leveraging facial biometric ID management technology.


Western Sydney Airport signs MoU with ten freight companies

Western Sydney Airport signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ten Australian freight companies to design concepts for a cargo precinct at the airport.

The airport and freight companies will also commence negotiations about potential operations from the new site.

The freight companies that signed the MoU include Wymap, Skyroad Logistics, Qantas Freight, Swissport, Menzies Aviation, FedEx, DSV Air and Sea, DHL Express, DB Schenker and Australia Post (including StarTrack).


San Miguel receives NoA for Bulacan International Airport

The Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DoTr) issued a notice of award (NOA) to San Miguel Holdings (SMHC) for the construction of Bulacan International Airport.

SMHC will oversee the financing, design, construction, supply, completion, testing and commissioning of the new airport, along with its operation and maintenance.

The company had to submit the required documents to the DoTr’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) within 20 days of the NOA.


Gold Coast Airport starts construction of aerobridges

Australian construction company Lendlease begun building aerobridges at Gold Coast Airport using a low-impact piling system.

The work is part of the A$200m ($135.5m) Southern Terminal Expansion project at the airport.

This project will double the footprint of the existing terminal and provide a new departure lounge, border control facilities and extra retail areas.


Denver Airport ends redevelopment deal with Great Hall Partners

Delays and complications caused America’s Denver International Airport (DEN) to terminate its contract with Great Hall Partners (GHP) to redevelop the Great Hall of Jeppesen Terminal.

The project to upgrade Jeppesen Terminal was approved by Denver City Council in August 2017 while renovation began in July last year.

GHP is a consortium of Ferrovial Airports, JLC Infrastructure and Saunders Concessions.


New Zealand’s Dunedin Airport introduces body scanners

New Zealand’s Dunedin International Airport installed two advanced imaging machines, known as body scanners, to strengthen security for domestic passengers.

The new body scanners and smart lane X-ray equipment for baggage screening are part of an NZ$100m Aviation Security Service Project.

It aims to provide improved security facilities for all international airports in New Zealand over the next year and a half.


AAI to invest $2.67bn to modernise airports across India

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) unveiled an Rs190bn ($2.67bn) plan to modernise the ailing airport infrastructure across the country.

AAI will invest the funding over the next three years to upgrade airport infrastructure, focusing on India’s smaller cities.

A senior AAI official told The Economic Times: “We are not making investments in just smaller airports but also airports like those in Kolkata and Chennai.

“While work on upgrade at many airports has begun, work at some of the others will begin soon.”