March’s top stories: CPH’s CO2-neutral growth goal, Gatwick’s noise scheme

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

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) established a goal of CO2-neutral growth, Gatwick Airport plans to provide annual compensation for noise-affected households, while new research reveals that airports could become prime users of beacon technology. wraps-up the key headlines from March.

March’s top stories: CPH’s CO2-neutral growth goal, Gatwick’s noise scheme

Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport establishes CO2-neutral growth goal

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) established a goal of CO2-neutral growth for 30 million passengers, and an objective to maintain that goal while expanding to 40 million passengers.

CPH plans to collaborate with a total of 700 companies operating at the airport, in order to lower the use of resources, both to reduce their total cost of operating at the airport and to benefit the environment.

As a second step in this collaboration, CPH determined aggregate CO2 emissions from all operations at the airport in 2013, both those directly from the airport, and from other companies at the airport.

Gatwick Airport to provide annual compensation for noise-affected households

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport announced that the households most affected by noise from its second runway would receive an annual compensation equivalent to band A council tax, which currently stands at £1,000, once the proposed runway becomes operational.

The airport is planning to build a second runway at the south of the existing airport, and has outlined a three-point approach of noise reduction, mitigation and compensation to support its expansion plans.

An estimated 4,100 households are expected to qualify for the scheme, which is a part of the airport’s planned package of measures for local residents.

Airports could become prime users of beacon technology

Beacon technology

Airports could become prime users of beacon technology, which uses Bluetooth to trigger the display of relevant information on phones and tablets, according to a research by air transport IT provider SITA.

The research also revealed that unless an industry registry is adopted, the risk is that deployments of beacons will be piecemeal and proprietary, limiting the potential of the technology.

Beacon technology is reportedly a potential game-changer in the retail sector, and can display information that is relevant to the specific location and context of the user.

UK airports report increasing passenger numbers for third consecutive year

Airports in the UK recorded growing passenger numbers for the third consecutive year in 2013, according to new figures published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

UK airports handled 228 million passengers during 2013, up 3.5% compared with 7.8 million passengers in 2012.

This growth marks the continuation of recovery since 2011, following three years of falling passenger numbers.

Sea-Tac Airport in US goes green with new electrification project

The operator of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac Airport), the Port of Seattle, began a new electrification project, which will cut millions of dollars of fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The airport authority, Alaska Airlines, Western Washington Clean Cities and US Representative Adam Smith has unveiled the project providing approximately 600 electric charging stations across the airport for ground support equipment (GSE), including baggage tugs, bag ramps and pushback vehicles.

The project is expected to save $2.8m in airline fuel costs and 10,000t of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of eliminating 1,900 cars off roads.

TSA recommends new safety measures at airports nationwide

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a set of security recommendations to ensure the safety of TSA employees and travelers at airports across the nation.

The report, titled ‘Enhancing TSA Officer Safety and Security at Airports: Agency Actions and Path Forward,’ follows an extensive review of the November 2013 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shooting incident.

14 recommendations have been adopted, with a special focus on areas such as mandatory active shooter training, improved communication systems and policies, and enhanced law enforcement presence at checkpoints and ticket counters.

Stansted Airport opens new security search area

Stansted Airport

The UK’s Stansted Airport officially opened its new and improved 22-lane security search area, the first phase of the £80m project to transform the terminal building and improve the passenger experience.

The new area was inaugurated by Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill.

The relocated security area is double the size of the previous one and has an additional four security lanes, taking the total to 22.

Amadeus introduces next-generation airport platform

Amadeus introduced its next-generation airport platform, designed to perform all passenger processing functions.

Launched as part of a plan to develop the airport of the future, Amadeus Airport Common Use Service (ACUS) features application virtualisation technology that enables airports to save costs and space by eliminating on-site infrastructure dependency and environmental impact.

The cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform allows airlines and ground handlers to share the physical space and the IT resources of the airport.