Tutor Perini/Parsons JV wins $1.41bn Newark Airport terminal contract

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the US awarded a $1.41bn contract to Tutor Perini/Parsons joint venture (JV) for the design and construction of the new domestic Terminal One at Newark Airport.

The new terminal will span over a one-million square foot area, featuring 33 gates. It is designed to improve passengers’ travel experience.

The Terminal One Redevelopment programme will provide a better roadway network and parking space for approximately 3,000 cars, in addition to providing other infrastructure enhancements.

Miami International Airport declared foreign trade zone

The US Department of Commerce approved foreign trade zone (FTZ) operations on Miami International Airport’s (MIA) entire 3,230-acre lot.

MIA is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).

The new status of the airport will enable companies to receive and process materials and merchandise with decreased or eliminated customs duties upon entry into the country at MIA.

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Gulfstream to construct new service centre at Appleton Airport

Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport is set to gain a new service centre, which will be built by Gulfstream Aerospace to support its growing customer fleet.

Complementing the existing hangar and office space, the additional $40m Gulfstream Appleton facility is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of next year.

Construction on the new facility is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of this year. The facility will cover 180,000ft² and is set to create about 200 jobs.

Munich Airport and Lufthansa to test humanoid robot

Munich Airport and Lufthansa started trialling a new humanoid robot known as Josie Pepper to provide information to passengers.

At Terminal 2, the 120cm tall robot will answer passengers’ questions about directions to their gate or information regarding a certain restaurant or shop. Josie will speak to passengers in English.

For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travellers to the non-public area of the terminal, which is jointly managed by Munich Airport and Lufthansa.

Dubai Airports unveils modular data centre at DXB

Dubai Airports completed the Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) at Dubai International (DXB).

Delivered by Huawei, the project was completed in approximately 400 days. The new facility is equipped with the latest technologies to support DXB’s growing operations.

Huawei Enterprise Middle East managing director and vice-president Alaa ElShimy said: “Huawei is proud to have worked with Dubai Airports to deliver this exceptional facility. It is one of the most advanced and unique Tier III certified data centres in the world that will ensure highest levels of availability, maintainability, resiliency and seamless business continuity.”

India begins work on $2.59bn airport in Maharashtra

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signalled the start of construction on the Rs167 billion ($2.59bn) Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) in the state of Maharashtra.

The airport is being developed by City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) in collaboration with GVK Power and Infrastructure (GVKPIL).

Last month, GVKPIL signed the concession agreement with CIDCO to establish a special purpose vehicle (SPV) known as Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIAL), which will be responsible for building the new facility.

Turkey’s Limak secures $831m loan to support Kuwait airport expansion

Turkish construction company Limak Holding signed an $831.3m loan agreement with National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Kuwait Finance House (KFH) to help finance the expansion of Kuwait International Airport (KIA).

NBK and KFH will finance $415.19m each to facilitate the construction of the new terminal building known as KIA New Passenger Terminal II, which is currently being constructed by Limak.

NBK will serve as the mandated lead arranger, inter-creditor agent, security agent, and account bank, while KFH will offer lead arranger and commodity murabahah investment agent services.

Sharjah International Airport to invest $408m in expansion

The Sharjah International Airport Authority (SIAA) is to invest a total of AED1.5bn ($408.8m) to expand various facilities, including construction of a new passenger terminal building at the Sharjah International Airport (SIA).

The expansion will be executed in several phases and features a number of projects.

Under the expansion project, a terminal building will be built over the next four years. It will help the airport increase the passengers handling capacity to 20 million by 2027.

UK flyers may lose legal protections post-Brexit, Skycop claims

A hard Brexit may deprive 28% of UK air passengers visiting Europe from their rights to compensation from delayed or cancelled flights, claimed flight compensation company Skycop.

Currently, British consumers enjoy legal protections and rights such as compensation for issues with flights under European legislation.

Compensated passengers are provided with meal vouchers, telephone calls, and hotel accommodation, as well as financial payments in the event of unexpected flight delays or cancellations.

Malta Airport secures approval to develop terminal and site

Malta International Airport secured approval from the Planning Authority for its development plan for the terminal infrastructure and the surrounding airport site.

With the planning permission in place, the airport aims to invest approximately €100m in the terminal and related infrastructure development through its investment programme, which will be completed in three phases.

Malta International Airport CEO Alan Borg said: “Through this sizeable investment we expect to solidify Malta International Airport’s important role in the local economy, as we unlock its potential to welcome more tourists and generate further employment opportunities.

“We also envisage that this programme will build on the successes of past investments and go on to grow the airport campus into a go-to destination for business and leisure.”