August’s top stories: Islamists captures Tripoli Airport, Gatwick invests in Cloud

4 September 2014 (Last Updated September 4th, 2014 06:48)

Islamist-led militia captured Libya's Tripoli International Airport, while Gatwick Airport invests in Cloud-based technology to improve customer experience. Airport-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from August 2014.

August’s top stories: Islamists captures Tripoli Airport, Gatwick invests in Cloud

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Chopin Airport adds new apron to handle increasing cargo traffic

Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, has completed the construction of a new apron to effectively manage the increase in cargo traffic.

The new apron has been built in the southern area of the airport, which is located next to the old cargo apron. It can accommodate up to three code F aircraft and six code C planes like Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.

This year, more than 27,000t of cargo passed through the airport, marking an 18.4% increase.

Islamist-led militias capture Tripoli International Airport

Libya's Tripoli International Airport has been captured by Islamist-led militias called Fajr Libya, also known as Libyan Dawn, following a five-week siege.

The violence triggered by the Libyan elections saw Islamist parties on the losing side. However, the airport's capture is being seen as a victory of Islamist elements over Tripoli.

Local residents reported sounds of jets followed by explosions hours after the militias declared that they had captured the airport, which was previously under the control of pro-government militias.

Australia sets up counter-terrorism units at two major international airports

The Australian Government has set up two counter-terrorism units at Sydney and Melbourne Airports, following concerns over national citizens fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Prime minister Tony Abbott said operations have already started at both the airports, with the authorities intercepting one person of interest.

The government has taken this step in an attempt to crack down on Australian Muslims, who are suspected of joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

ACI reports European airport traffic increase of 5.5%

European airport trade body ACI Europe has reported that the passenger traffic at airports has increased by 5.5% in the first half of this year.

There was an overall passenger traffic growth of 8.7% among non-EU members of ACI Europe, which includes Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey.

ACI Europe general director Olivier Jankovec said: "These first half year results are not only reflecting much improved economic conditions across Europe, they are also showing demand for air transport bucking macro-economic indicators, especially in the passenger segment.

Gatwick airport invests in cloud technology for improving customer experience

Gatwick-1Cloud-based testing services provider SOASTA has announced that Gatwick Airport has invested in a platform for CloudTest that will help in accelerating collaborative work and drive further efficiencies.

The initiative will enable the airport to improve the customer experience, as well as share information with airlines and ground services to improve aircraft turnover time.

The move is a part of the airport's drive to adopt cloud technology to achieve greater economies.

Auckland Airport launches energy-saving programme

New Zealand's Auckland Airport will be working with the support of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to achieve energy-saving targets.

The airport will invest more than $3m in measuring and managing energy over the next three years. With the implementation of the programme, the airport plans to save 6GWh of energy. This amount of energy is worth more than $2m and can provide electricity to 750 homes every year.

This has the potential of reducing approximately 1,000t of carbon emissions every year.

London Luton Airport records busiest summer ever with over one million passengers

London Luton Airport in the UK has experienced its busiest summer ever, with more than one million passengers flying from the airport during June and July.

Passengers flew to more than 100 different destinations, which includes 15 new routes to destinations such as Naples, Catania and Skiathos. Several new routes to Copenhagen, Lyon and Basel will be available later this year.

The airport has predicted that it will see an increase in the number of passengers and that the number will be the highest in its 76 years in operation.

Pittsburgh International Airport to get new terrazzo floor

Pittsburgh-1The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) in the US has announced a collaboration between a local artist, construction officials and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to work on a new terrazzo floor in the airport's airside terminal centre core.

The floor will be designed by artist Clayton Merrell, who is an art professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

To occupy close to 69,000ft², the floor will feature silhouettes of five iconic views and prominent landmarks of Pittsburgh. The central element would feature a vast blue sky with clouds, contrails and inlaid aircraft.