The Queen officially opens Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 in the UK.

Built with an investment of £2.5bn, the new terminal project was part of an £11bn private sector investment to transform Heathrow, which includes the construction of Terminal 2A and B, Terminal 5A, B and C, a new control tower, as well as the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4.

Pakistan’s Jinnah Airport reopens following terrorist attack

Pakistan’s Jinnah International Airport reopened after a deadly terrorist attack that killed at least 36 people.

The airport was attacked in early June by ten militants, who were armed with automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, suicide vests and grenades.

Wearing uniforms of the Airports Security Force (ASF), the attackers used fake IDs to enter the airport, broke through a security checkpoint in a van and attacked the airport’s cargo terminal.

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Copenhagen Airport successfully trials Google Glass

Google glass

Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport approved the use of Google Glass technology, following a successful trial by its passenger services team.

The airport partnered with a study team from air transport IT provider SITA for the trial and the results from both passengers and the airport service team were positive.

The team revealed that access to services like Google Translate, as well as gate, baggage or flight information would help them improve the dialogue with passengers, resulting in an improved level of customer service.

Neptec Technologies’ laser scanners selected for airport safety project in Germany

Germany-based Technische Universität Dresden selected OPAL LiDAR 3D laser scanners from Neptec Technologies for an airport tarmac safety project.

The research project aims to improve the current safety level of airport operations with a real-time 3D surveillance and visualisation system for the apron controller.

According to the company, the OPAL LiDAR 3D laser system combines 3D-point cloud data with real-time algorithms to automatically detect aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians for collision avoidance.

São Paulo Airport to implement advanced automated border control technology

Vision box

Brazil’s São Paulo International Airport (GRU) selected a new automated border control technology from Vision-Box.

Vision-Box had already started trials of the new technology at GRU’s Terminal 3 and plans to install it in two more terminals by August.

Vision-Box’s technology features eGates, an alternative to the traditional and manual control of passports.

Upsolar installs solar-electric system at Shanghai Pudong Airport

Solar PV modules provider Upsolar completed the installation of a 1.7MW solar-electric system at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China.

The building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project is currently generating enough clean power to serve the needs of the airport’s parking facility and load devices.

Covering an area of 15,000m² between Terminals 1 and 2, the project also serves as a shading structure for the airport’s air-conditioning units.

Boingo to offer enhanced Wi-Fi services at Nashville Airport

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) selected Boingo as the exclusive neutral-host wireless network partner for Nashville International Airport.

Under the exclusive long-term agreement, Boingo will offer comprehensive cellular and enhanced Wi-Fi services to the airport.

Boingo will install and manage a new neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) network for the airport, a move which will strengthen cellular coverage and data capacity throughout the hub.

Heathrow Airport’s IT glitch leads to luggage chaos

Luggage chaos

Thousands of passengers travelling from London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 had to fly without their baggage after its conveyor belts were deactivated by a computer glitch.

The problem occurred on 26 June when an IT error at Terminal 5 paralysed the 30-mile long conveyor belts, which are capable of handling 12,000 bags a day.