April’s top news stories

5 May 2018 (Last Updated May 8th, 2018 15:33)

Real estate development company Robinson Weeks Partners started the construction of a 562,640ft² industrial building within Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the US, and United Airlines opened a new lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US. Airport-technology.com wraps up key headlines from April 2018.

Robinson Weeks Partners starts new construction at DFW Airport

Real estate development company Robinson Weeks Partners started the construction of a 562,640ft² industrial building within Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the US.

It will be built at 3400 E Airfield Drive on the south side of DFW Airport. The Airport South Logistics Center project is near to the DFW Airport Terminals and Air Freight / Cargo facilities and provides access and visibility with frontage on three roads.

A Class A speculative industrial project, Airport South Logistics Center is a 36ft clear-cross dock design with 190ft truck courts. It will also have spaces to park more than 125 trailers with around 360 parking spaces.


United Airlines to open Polaris Lounge at San Francisco airport

United Airlines opened a new lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US.

Starting from 30 April, the customers travelling in the airline’s international premium cabins, United Polaris, have been able to take advantage of its facilities. The lounge is located in the International Terminal near Gate G92.

The new 28,000ft² United Polaris Lounge is spread over two levels. It includes 440 seats with 19 different types of seating arrangements, 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports, five private daybeds, eight luxurious shower suites and personal valet services, including steaming garments.


Gulfstream to build MRO facility at Savannah International Airport

Gulfstream Aerospace set to build a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at its existing site in Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport in the US.

The $55m facility will expand the present Gulfstream site at the airport and will help the company to provide better maintenance and services to its growing customer fleet’s needs.

Set to be opened by the second quarter of next year, the proposed Savannah Service Center East is expected to create nearly 200 jobs.


Swissport and Fraport plan new cargo facility at Frankfurt Airport

Swiss aviation services company Swissport International signed a long-term lease agreement with airport operator Fraport to build a new air cargo facility at CargoCity South freight, located at Frankfurt Airport, Germany.

The 16,000m² warehouse is set to be accompanied by an additional 2,260m² of office and social space.

It is scheduled to begin construction next year and is expected to be handed over to Swissport’s division Cargo Services Deutschland in the third quarter of 2020.


Pittsburgh Airport and CMU to develop new aviation systems

US-based Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) partnered with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to develop new systems and technologies for the aviation sector.

The partnership is based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between PIT operator Allegheny County Airport Authority and CMU.

As part of the MoU, CMU’s Metro21: Smart Cities Institute faculty and students will research, develop and deploy a range of new projects across PIT.


STL Airport in US expands security checkpoints

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in the US expanded its security checkpoints in Terminal 2 to accommodate increased passenger screenings.

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported a 5.5% rise in passenger screenings at the airport’s Terminal 2, adding to the 6.3% growth from 2015 to 2016.

Built in an alliance with the TSA, the new security lane brings the number of checkpoints in the terminal to seven and will only be used during peak hours.


Nanaimo Airport initiates terminal building expansion

Nanaimo Airport (YCD) in Canada initiated an infrastructure project for the expansion of its Air Terminal Building to improve passenger comfort, efficiency and safety.

As part of the $15m project, an extra 14,000ft² will be added to the terminal building, which is estimated to increase its size by about 60%.

In addition, the security area will be expanded to facilitate quick baggage checks and the capacity of the departure lounge will be doubled to house approximately 320 seats.


Inarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety enters commercial service

Inmarsat’s next-generation satellite IP platform, SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S), entered commercial service.

SB-S complies with the requirements of aviation data communications and is designed to provide visibility to the airline operations.

It also offers a global secure broadband platform for operations and safety communications.


London Luton Airport begins work on autonomous people mover

London Luton Airport started work on its Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART) transport system, a £225m double-shuttle fully automated people mover, which will operate 24 hours a day.

The airport awarded contracts in December to a VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier joint venture and Doppelmayr Cable Car UK, and the works are expected to be completed by spring 2021.

“The Council is proud to be at the forefront of creating a brighter future for Luton, and this is another exciting landmark moment in the ongoing transformation of our town under the £1.5b Luton Investment Framework,” said Luton council leader Hazel Simmons.

“The Luton DART will benefit not only airport passengers but also the people and businesses of Luton in that it supports our ambitions to secure long-term economic growth and ensure local people have access to high-quality employment opportunities.”


Ardian to sell stake in London Luton Airport to AMP Capital

France-based investment company Ardian agreed to sell its 49% stake in London Luton Airport (LLA) to AMP Capital for an undisclosed sum.

In November 2013, Ardian, in a joint venture with Spanish airports operator Aena, bought the LLA concession from TBI for £394.4m. Granted by Luton Borough Council in the UK, the LLA concession is valid until 2031.

Following the acquisition, Ardian and Aena committed over £160m of investments to develop the airport.