Heathrow records 8.2% increase in revenue

The UK’s Heathrow Airport recorded revenues of £1.97m, representing an 8.2% increase in the first nine months of 2014.

The airport said that there had been a strong passenger traffic performance with close to 55.7 million passengers. A total of 54.8 million passengers had used the airport in 2013, with a 1.5% growth in intercontinental traffic.

The airport’s new £2.5bn Queen’s terminal saw a successful transition of 26 airlines. There was also an increase of 1.7% in net retail income for each passenger from £6.24 in 2013 to £6.34.


IATA projects passenger growth to double by 2034

IATA-1The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, which projects passenger numbers close to 7.3 billion by 2034.

This represents a 4.1% average annual growth in air connectivity demand, which will lead to more than double the 3.3 billion passengers that are expected to travel this year.

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The report also suggested that China will leave behind the US to become the world’s largest passenger market in terms of traffic to, from and within by 2030. By 2034, the number of passengers to and from China will reach 1.3 billion, which is 856 million more than 2014. This projects an annual growth rate of 5.5%.


Passengers from Ebola-hit countries to enter US through five airports

The US tightened restrictions on passengers travelling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, who are now only allowed to enter the country through one of the five airports screening for the disease.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Jeh C Johnson made the announcement about the new regulations.

The five airports carrying out the screening are New York’s John F Kennedy, New Jersey’s Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airports.


Concept designs of Western Sydney Airport opened for public voting

Sydney-1Four concepts for the future design of Western Sydney Airport were made public for voting in Australia.

Organised by Consult Australia, it will allow the public to discuss what they expect from the new airport.

The competition will see the incorporation of wider infrastructure initiatives for Greater Western Sydney, while keeping in mind the government’s vision for a large and sustained population for the region.


Edinburgh Airport tests new Google Glass technology

UK’s Edinburgh Airport began trials with the new Google Glass, a type of wearable technology, with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD).

Google Glass can display digital information in a hands-free format and enables communication through the internet using voice commands and take pictures by winking.

The airport’s customer welcome team, Blackjack, a division of Omniserv, will use Google Glass until the year-end to provide up-to-date flight information, foreign language translations and responding to general airport enquiries.


Malaysia Airports Holdings to acquire 100% stake in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Malaysia-1Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) announced the acquisition of the remaining 40% stake at Turkey’s Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (ISG) International Airport for an estimated amount of €285m.

Including the acquisition of LGM, the firm that operates services within the airport from the Limak Group, this move gives MAHB full control over Istanbul’s second largest airport.

MAHB is to enter an agreement to acquire the 40% interest in ISG and LGM, and expects to complete the transaction by early 2015.


Honeywell Aerospace launches apps to enhance efficiency

Honeywell Aerospace launched two new mobile applications, Pilot Gateway and My-Maintainer, to help pilots, maintainers and operators increase their efficiency.

While more emphasis is being laid on the customer experience and support throughout all phases of a flight, the new apps will help pilots with the latest avionics manual, maintenance personnel with instant parts information and operators with flight planning services.

The Pilot Gateway website and mobile app has been designed by the company to provide easy access to Honeywell training materials, manuals, videos and other resources to pilots. Submitting questions and feedbacks to the flight technical services team and aerospace technical support have also been made easier.


Priority Pass survey shows emergence of a new group of travellers

Priority-1Independent global lounge access programme provider Priority Pass released the results of a survey that show the emergence of a new group of frequent flyers, known as ‘conspicuous consumers’.

The company interviewed a group of 1,500 people and found that a new group of travellers between the ages of 26-35 are demonstrating distinctive travel and spending habits.

The survey found that passengers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region were easily annoyed by rude staff, children and poor food choices. However, passengers in the UK get aggravated by long queues and overcrowding.