September’s top stories: London’s airport expansion, China’s new airport

30 September 2013 (Last Updated September 30th, 2013 18:30)

London City Airport seeks approval for a £200m expansion plan, China opens the world’s highest-altitude civilian airport and the FAA extends a transoceanic air traffic management contract. Airport-technology.com wraps the headlines from September 2013.

September’s top stories: London’s airport expansion, China’s new airport

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COMSOFT deploys message solution for Papua New Guinea Air Services

Papua New Guinea Air Services

COMSOFT has deployed its Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) solution, AIDA-NG, for Papua New Guinea Air Services (PNGAS), one month ahead of schedule.

With the up-to-date and ICAO-compliant system now fully operational, PNGAS's main site located in Papua New Guinea's capital city Port Moresby will be an aeronautical message hub to serve other airports in the country and Brisbane, in Australia.

The air navigation services provider will now have the ability to establish AMHS connections with neighbouring countries, such as Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, who already operate COMSOFT's AMHS solution.

London City Airport seeks approval for major expansion plan

A £200m expansion plan for London City Airport (LCY) has taken a step forward after authorities submitted a planning application for the infrastructure upgrade to accomodate nearly 120,000 flight movements a year.

The proposed expansion will also allow the airport, owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), to double its passenger numbers to six million in the next ten years.

The airport, based in the Royal Docks and primarily used by business travellers, currently accommodates 70,000 flight movements and three million passengers annually.

Kenya receives funds for major airport expansion

Kenya Airports Authority

Kenya Airports Authority has received complete funding offers from three banks, for the $650m expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

The expansion plan includes construction of a new terminal and a second runway at the country's main airport, which was damaged by a massive fire in August 2013.

Kenya's Transport Secretary Michael Kamau told Reuters the new terminal and runway will provide for a further capacity of 40 million passengers.

China opens world's highest-altitude civilian airport

China has opened new CNY1.58bn ($258m) Daocheng Yading Airport, the world's highest-altitude civilian airport, in Garzi, a Tibetan region in the south-western Sichuan province.

Designed to handle 280,000 passengers annually, the aerodrome has been built 4,411m above sea level.

The new airport overtakes Bangda Airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region as the world's highest airport, which was constructed 4,334m above sea level.

London Stansted Airport and Ryanair sign deal to raise passenger traffic

Around 7,000 new jobs are expected to be created at London Stansted Airport

Around 7,000 new jobs are expected to be created at London Stansted Airport in a ten-year period after Ryanair announced a deal to increase its passenger traffic from the airport by nearly 50%.

Ryanair has signed a ten-year agreement with Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the new owner of Stansted airport, through which it will increase the number of passengers it serves from 13 million per year to more than 18 million by 2018, and then 21 million by 2023.

The new deal comes only six months after MAG completed its acquisition of the airport.

Lindner Depa files arbitration claim against New Doha International Airport

Lindner Depa Interiors (LDI), a joint venture between interior contractors Depa and Lindner, has filed an AED900m ($245m) international arbitration claim against New Doha International Airport (NDIA) for termination of its contract last year.

The counter suit follows a $600m compensation claim launched by Qatar Airways in December last year, which accused the airport interior contractor of failing to construct lounges at NDIA on schedule and causing a major delay by up to one year.

The latest arbitration proceeding has been initiated in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

FAA extends transoceanic air traffic management contract with Lockheed Matin

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin to continue to improve transoceanic air traffic management technology.

The one-base-year contract is aimed at enabling safe and efficient travel within US-controlled airspace over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

If all seven, one-year options are exercised, the total contract extension is estimated to be valued at more than $500m.

Lockheed Martin has been supporting the FAA's Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) programme with systems engineering and operational services for the last 12 years.

UNICOM and NICE to enhance security at Miami International Airport

UNICOM Government and NICE Systems have partnered to provide Miami International Airport (MIA) in the US with a runway incursion detection service that will secure the airport's Airfield Operations Area (AOA).

Under the new partnership, UNICOM Government is installing the NICE Situator system to enhance safety and security, while enabling MIA to improve its real-time detection and response to runway incursions.

The system will enable the airport's security staff to detect any unidentified objects on a taxiway or runway, allowing a quick response to reduce the risk of a security breach or accident.