Public consultation begins on London City Airport master plan

A public consultation began on London City Airport’s draft master plan, which reveals the steps to be taken to make the airport sustainable and carbon neutral over the next 15 years while ensuring all-round development of the facility.

The 12-week public consultation on the draft master plan started on 28 June and the deadline to submit the feedback is 20 September.

Over the last five years, the airport has witnessed a 42% increase in passenger number and is looking to upgrade its capabilities to meet future passenger needs.


London City Airport to deploy smart, sustainable technologies

London City Airport is implementing a £500m development programme that will see the airport and its energy infrastructure partner UK Power Networks Services install renewable and sustainable energy technologies, including a microgrid, to ensure the long-term resilience and operational excellence of the airport.

The project includes a new passenger terminal extension, which will create facilities four times the size of the current terminal, eight aircraft stands, and a parallel taxiway.

London City Airport will also have a digital air traffic control (ATC) tower in 2020, a global first for an airport of this size.


Airways New Zealand and DGCA Lebanon open Beirut ATC training centre

Airways New Zealand and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Lebanon opened an advanced air traffic control (ATC) simulation facility in Beirut to help improve the supply of controllers in the region.

Airways International, the commercial unit of Airways New Zealand, installed a TotalControl LCD tower simulator and two radar / non-radar simulators at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport after a 12-month project.

DGCA’s ATC controllers and students using simulated scenarios that mimic the real world will undergo training at the facility, which has been commissioned after the completion of site acceptance testing.


Lead8 wins design contract for Hong Kong Airport Terminal 1 renovation

Lead8 was selected by the Airport Authority Hong Kong as the lead designer for the planned Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Terminal 1 renovation.

In collaboration with the airport authority, Lead8 will lead a collaboration of consultants to upgrade the passenger halls of the aviation hub.

The Boarding Gate Transformation project is scheduled to be finished in 2021.


Ontario Airport records 8% increase in passenger volume in May

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California, US recorded an 8% increase in passenger and cargo volumes in May 2019.

According to figures released by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), more than 475,000 airline passengers travelled through ONT in May, an increase of 8.3% over the corresponding month last year.

OIAA said that domestic passenger volume increased by 7.5% to more than 449,000, while international travellers grew by around 25% to over 26,000 in May.


Singapore probes unauthorised drone flying at Changi Airport

Operations at Changi Airport in Singapore were disrupted for the second time due to unauthorised drone activity in the area.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that about 15 departures and three arrivals were delayed on 24 June, while an additional seven flights were diverted. Bad weather was also reported as a factor in the disruptions.

Arrivals and departures were carefully regulated for short periods of time as a precautionary measure.

Keflavik Airport pilots BorderXpress kiosks to enhance security

Four BorderXpress kiosks were deployed at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland as part of a six-month pilot programme.

The BorderXpress technology was developed by Chris Gilliland, director of Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) at Vancouver International Airport.

The pilot programme will simulate the requirements of the Entry/Exit System (EES) of the Schengen Area. It is the first automated kiosk-based border control solution in a Schengen member state.


Melbourne Airport begins construction of new taxiway

Melbourne Airport in Australia started the construction of a new taxiway to improve plane movements, expand services, and boost the number of passengers.

The facility, known as ‘Taxiway Zulu’, will be constructed with an investment of A$300m ($209.6m). This is claimed to be the largest airfield investment project since the opening of the airport in 1970.

Apart from decreasing late or delayed flights, the taxiway will support capacity enhancements, new routes, and new terminal facilities, while improving operational performance.


Western Sydney Airport shortlists architects for terminal design

Western Sydney Airport in Australia shortlisted five architectural teams to take part in a design competition for its terminal.

Design Inc and Foster and Partners, Cox and Zaha Hadid, Woods Bagot and RSHP, Hassell and Pascall Watson, and a group bid consisting of Architectus, Gensler, SAA, and Surbana Jurong have been invited to participate in the design competition.

The teams were selected from over 40 parties and were required to have been involved in at least three major airport or aviation projects in the last ten years. One of the participating companies on each team needed to be permanently based in Australia.


Traxon supports art installation at San Francisco Airport

Lighting solutions provider Traxon Technologies is working with artist Johanna Grawunder to create a dynamic LED art installation at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Traxon is serving as the exclusive lighting provider for the art installation, titled Coding.

A range of Traxon lighting technologies are being used to create a subtle light show that is visible across the day and night.