January’s top stories: Passenger traffic up in Heathrow, LaGuardia Airport expansion

2 February 2014 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2014 18:30)

London Heathrow Airport served 5.8 million passengers in December 2013, while New York state is set to commence a $3.6bn construction project at LaGuardia Airport. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2014.

January’s top stories: Passenger traffic up in Heathrow, LaGuardia Airport expansion

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EIB to finance Zagreb Airport expansion in Croatia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €80m to support the public-private partnership (PPP) project to expand Zagreb Airport in Croatia.

The project involves the design and construction of new passenger terminal building, and is the first EIB development under PPP financing in the Western Balkans.

The bank will provide funding for the first phase of expansion, comprising the construction of a 65,000m² passenger terminal building and associated landside and airside infrastructure.

New York to commence $3.6bn construction project at LaGuardia Airport

New York state is set to commence the $3.6bn construction project at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, which involves the construction of a new Central Terminal Building.

The new terminal will feature vast open spaces, restaurants, shopping plazas, amenities, new parking garages, free Wi-Fi and other support facilities.

It is expected to handle nearly 17.5 million passengers a year by 2030, reported the Associated Press. It currently accommodates about 12.5 million passengers a year, although its capacity is only eight million.

Heathrow reports 2.8% rise in December 2013 passenger traffic

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London Heathrow Airport served 5.8 million passengers in December 2013, up 2.8% from corresponding period in 2012.

The increase in number of passengers can be attributed to a rise in passengers flying to emerging market countries, including BRIC countries.

Overall, passenger numbers to BRIC counrties have increased by 6.1%, with China up 18.6%, India up 6.7% and Brazil up 4.4%.

Northrop Grumman wins Dubai Airports contract for ARC Analytics Tool

Global security company Northrop Grumman Corporation has secured a contract with Dubai Airports to deliver the analytics module of its Airport Realtime Collaboration (ARC) service to Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS).

ARC provides accurate and timely information that help airport stakeholders work together more effectively. The service covers both terminal and airfield operations, and aims to improve passenger flow movements.

It also improves resource allocation, predictability and efficiency, while supporting airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM).

Avia Solutions and Rostec to establish new airport in Moscow

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Avia Solutions Group and Russian state-owned holding company Rostec have entered into a cooperation agreement to establish and develop a fourth airport in Moscow at the existing Ramenskoye aerodrome.

Ramenskoye International Airport will feature two terminals with a combined area of 60,000m², and will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per year.

Specifically built to cater to low-cost carriers, the airport will involve a total investment of $236m, and will be completed in three stages from 2014 to 2019.

Amadeus to develop baggage reconciliation system for Icelandair

Travel solutions provider Amadeus has entered into an agreement with Icelandic airline Icelandair to develop a baggage reconciliation system (BRS).

The Amadeus Airport BRS is designed to offer real-time, automated loading, tracking and management of baggage, while bringing savings and efficiencies to the airline.

Icelandair will be the launch partner for Amadeus Airport BRS, and will deploy this solution on all its worldwide flights handled from its hub at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland.

Colorado Springs Airport installs marijuana amnesty boxes

Colorado Springs Airport has installed 'amnesty boxes' to give people an opportunity to discard their marijuana before boarding on an aircraft.

Colorado recently became the first state in the US to legalise recreational use and possession of marijuana.

The airport has banned the possession of marijuana on its property, in line with federal aviation regulations, which state that it is illegal to operate a civil aircraft if there is marijuana on board.

Oakland International Airport selects AirIT passenger processing technology

US-based IT provider AirIT has announced that Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California has selected its Extended Airline System Environment (EASE) passenger processing technology.

The advanced platform allows airline carriers to use their own native system environment while offering cost savings and enhanced operational flexibility to the airport operator. It means that the airlines can use any equipped ticket counter or gate workstation.

The airport owner, Port of Oakland, sought proposals from qualified consultants in an effort to shift from the airport's existing iMUSE common use system to a new-generation shared use system that can be installed on its VMWARE platform.