The European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has signed agreements  worth €26m ($27.39m) with National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the UK's air navigation service provider, to accelerate the country's airspace modernisation.

Under the agreement, NATS will implement the Single European Sky ATM research programme (SESAR) to facilitate safe and environmentally friendly air travel in the UK, where air traffic growth is forecast to increase by 50% by 2030.

"NATS will implement the Single European Sky ATM research programme (SESAR) to facilitate safe and environmentally friendly air travel in the UK."

Vanir | ASL has been awarded a seven-year, $30m contract by Los Angeles City Council to provide project and construction management services for the $14bn capital improvement programme at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

The contractual scope includes the provision of construction and design management, stakeholder coordination and constructability review services.

Vanir | ASL is a joint venture between Vanir Construction and construction management consulting firm ASL.

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Airport has been granted a A$181m ($135m) loan by the federal government for its proposed expansion, set to begin in early 2017.

The expansion will involve the addition of a new terminal and runway, apron expansion and related infrastructure upgrades, which will allow the airport to handle larger fuel-efficient aircraft,.