September’s top stories: Consortia to design Mexico’s new airport, Chicago flights cancelled

7 October 2014 (Last Updated October 7th, 2014 07:10)

A collaboration of Foster + Partners, Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) will design Mexico's new airport, while 2,000 flights were cancelled at the O'Hare and Midway International Airport in Chicago, following an act of sabotage. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2014.

September’s top stories: Consortia to design Mexico’s new airport, Chicago flights cancelled

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE to design Mexico's new airport

A collaboration of Foster + Partners, Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) won an international competition to design Mexico's new airport.

Once constructed, the 555,000m² facility will be one of the world's largest airports.

The compact single terminal will use less materials and energy than a cluster of buildings.

Chicago centre fire disrupts 2,000 flights in O'Hare and Midway Airports

A total to 2,000 flights were cancelled at the O'Hare and Midway International Airports in Chicago, US, following an act of sabotage when an employee set fire to a control centre.

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said in a statement that it will restore the operations of the damaged centre to full service by 13 October.

The FAA said: "Air traffic controllers who normally work at the FAA's Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, are now working at other surrounding FAA air traffic facilities to help safely maximise the traffic flow in and out of the Chicago-area airports while the FAA and its telecommunications contractor, Harris Corporation, repair damaged communications equipment at Chicago Center."

LAX installs passport kiosks to expedite entry for foreign travellers

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) unveiled 40 new automated passport control (APC) kiosks at the Tom Bradley International Terminal to expedite the entry process for international passengers.

The new kiosks can be used by US and Canadian citizens travelling from abroad, as well as travellers from 38 Visa waiver countries registered with the US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) programme.

These will allow passngers to submit their customs declaration forms and biographic information electronically, which will help in reducing time spent at the CBP office.

Dubai to build world's biggest airport at Dubai World Central

Authorities in Dubai approved the construction of what is being touted as the world's biggest airport for approximately $32bn.

The announcement was made by UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

As part of the project, the Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) will be expanded to accommodate approximately 200 million passengers every year.

Finavia outlines €900m development plan for Helsinki Airport

Finavia-1Finavia charted out its €900m development programme for the expansion of Helsinki Airport in Finland, which aims to increase the transfer traffic capacity at the airport.

The new plan is based on a 'one roof' concept that will bring all major services into a single building. This will also help the airport to reduce distances, make services accessible and boost the number of transit passengers.

Helsinki Airport director Ville Haapasaari said that airport transfers from one gate to the other will become easier and quicker with all the services being provided in a single terminal.

Potential preclearance agreement between US and UK to tighten airport security checks

A possible preclearance agreement between the US and the UK could lead to stringent airport searches and interrogations by Homeland Security officials for UK passengers travelling to the US.

The Guardian newspaper has a number of documents that show that US authorities have approached the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Sweden about setting up preclearance checks at European airports.

The UK is the only country so far to have shown an interest in the proposal, according to the documents. While the Netherlands will look into the financial and legal feasibility of the proposal, France has asked for financial support from the US in exchange for the deal. The German Government said that it was cautious about such proposals.

Glasgow Airport reports 4.9% increase in August passenger traffic

Glasgow-1The UK's Glasgow Airport reported a 4.9% increase in passenger traffic in August, when compared with the same period last year.

An estimated 782,000 passengers travelled through the airport in August.

The airport received the maximum number of passengers in the last six years during the summer months of June, July and August with a total of 2.5 million passengers. This number was an increase of 2.8% from the last year's numbers.

SITA survey reveals passengers ready for wearable technology

Sita-1A survey carried out by SITA revealed that 77% of passengers are comfortable with airport or airline staff using wearable technology, such as smartwatches or glass.

The SITA/Air Transport World Passenger Survey surveyed passengers travelling through the world's top 30 airports and the results show that out of the 6,277 passengers interviewed, the majority of passengers have no problem with the use of wearable tech to help them on their journey.

While 97% said they carry a smartphone, tablet or laptop when they fly, roughly one in five travel with all three gadgets.