Egypt’s Hurghada Airport inaugurates Terminal 2

Egypt’s Hurghada International Airport inaugurated Terminal 2 after all development and construction work was completed.

Egypt Independent reported that the terminal features 11 departure gates connected to the aircraft by direct bridges, as well as nine departure gates connected to the remote aeroplanes by buses.

It also features 72 reservation counters for the registration of departures and receipt of luggage, and two counters for large luggage services.

Edinburgh Airport selects Everbridge to improve communications

Edinburgh Airport deployed Everbridge’s Critical Event Management (CEM) platform to improve critical communications and protect passengers, staff, and service personnel during emergencies.

The new system will exchange and augment multiple manual processes, and accelerate the success of communication across operations, from the emergency services to airlines, retail units, and local agencies.

Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland, currently managing 14.3 million passengers per annum and growing steadily towards 20 million.

ADP, Fraport and MAG challenge Sofia Airport tender award

Aeroports de Paris (ADP), Fraport and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) challenged the tender award to manage Sofia International Airport in Bulgaria.

The three losing suitors appealed to the Bulgarian Transport Ministry to reconsider its decision to grant the 35-year concession to French-German consortium SOF Connect, which operates Munich Airport.

The consortium of ADP, Fraport, and MAG proposed the highest concession fee to operate Sofia Airport in Bulgaria after the Transport Ministry opened bids in May.

GMR plans to double the capacity of Hyderabad Airport

GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) planned to invest around Rs85bn ($1.23bn) to upgrade various facilities at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, India.

The investment is aimed at doubling the airport’s capacity from the existing 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA) to 50 MPPA, according to The Times of India.

GHIAL, which manages RGIA, already submitted an application to the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF).

VINCI completes majority of expansion work at Salvador Bahia Airport

French airport operator VINCI Airports announced that the majority of work under the first phase of the project to modernise Salvador International Airport in Bahia, Brazil, has been concluded.

Construction on the first phase of the project started in April last year. With less than 100 days to the target date set by the Concession Agreement, up to 85% of the work has been completed.

VINCI Énergies subsidiary Actemium were awarded a contract to carry out the work in two phases.

SITA to install self-service check-in kiosks at Buenos Aires Airport

SITA won a contract to deploy 34 common-use self-service check-in kiosks at Argentina’s Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE).

The contract was awarded by EZE manager and operator AA2000, which runs a total of 35 airport terminals across the country.

As part of the contract, SITA will also deploy 20 Scan&Fly self-service bag-drop kiosks at the airport.

ADB Safegate to overhaul IT systems at 22 airports in Morocco

ADB Safegate received a contract from the Moroccan Airports Authority to modernise its legacy IT systems.

The contract awarded by the Office National Des Aeroports (ONDA) will see the Belgian airfield lighting solutions provider deploy airport operational solutions across 22 airports in Morocco.

The technology upgrade will enable Moroccan airports to conform to the collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) vision set out by Eurocontrol.

Refuelling problems cripples service at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Several airlines were forced to cancel around 180 flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on 24 July due to the malfunctioning of a fuel system operated by Aircraft Fuel Supply.

This led to thousands of passengers being stranded at Schiphol and other airports.

To avoid a chaotic situation, the airport reduced the number of incoming flights to a third of the normal capacity. By the time issue came into light, nearly 70 flights were in the queue for refuelling.

Oaktree considers options for Austin-Bergstrom Airport terminal

Oaktree Capital reportedly considered various options for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s (ABIA) South Terminal, including a partial divestment of its right to operate the terminal.

Citing undisclosed sources familiar with the development, BloombergQuint reported that the Los Angeles-based alternative investment firm hired an adviser to scout for prospective buyers.

Oaktree Capital, through LoneStar Airport Holdings, holds a 40-year lease to operate the South Terminal at ABIA in Austin, Texas.

Emaar signs deal to develop Beijing Daxing International Airport

UAE-based real estate developer Emaar signed an agreement to execute a project worth around AED40.5bn ($11bn) at Beijing Daxing International Airport.

As part of the agreement, Emaar will develop 10% of the land area of the 50km² mega airport, Emirati state news agency WAM reported.

The project includes the construction of residential and leisure facilities and is expected to be completed in ten years.