Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific Airways Limited has signed a codeshare agreement with Kazakhstani flag carrier Air Astana JSC to provide their customers with increased travel options between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan.

Pursuant to the agreement, the two carriers will place their codes on each other’s flights.

Cathay Pacific will also share its code on five weekly flights operated by Air Astana between Bangkok and Almaty and four weekly services between Seoul and Almaty.

Australia-based engineering contractor John Holland Group Pty Ltd has been awarded a A$225m ($174m) contract by Sunshine Coast Council to construct a new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia.

The company will construct a 2,450m-long and 45m-wide runway designated 13/31, on-site environmental offsets, a perimeter road and drainage channels by 2020.

“Fraport USA has been contracted to manage retail and dining areas at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, US, from April 2018.”

Designed by Beca Consultants, the new runway will accommodate larger aircraft and will help the Sunshine Coast connect with more Australian cities and international markets in Asia and the Western Pacific.

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Rasilient Systems Inc has been selected to upgrade airside and landside video surveillance system at Fairbanks International Airport (FIA) in Alaska, US.

The company will supply its forensic-grade series of servers and storage to improve visibility and storage capabilities at the airport.

Rasilient’s No Frame Drop (NFD) technologies will further improve security at the airport.

Fraport USA has been contracted to manage retail and dining areas at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 (T5) at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, US, from April 2018.

JetBlue will also collaborate with Fraport USA to further enhance the shops and restaurants at T5.

Air traffic services provider NATS and Canadian firm Searidge Technologies have entered a partnership to introduce a digital tower research and development programme in the UK.

The programme aims to enhance efficiency, weather resilience and contingency operations at the busiest airports across the world.

A new digital tower research laboratory with two controller positions will be placed at Heathrow Airport’s control tower.