Wednesday, June 13th, 2018



Gatwick’s latest £1.1bn five-year-plan takes total investment over £3bn mark

At the British-Irish Airports Expo in London, London Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive, Stewart Wingate, announced a new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport which will see an investment of £1.1bn over a five-year period, with £266m already earmarked for 2018/2019 alone.
Gatwick sees continued growth in the long-haul market, predicting passenger numbers increasing to 53 million by 2023 and is concentrating on improving facilities and transforming passenger services. Since the airport came under the ownership of Gatwick Airport Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ivy Holdco Limited, in 2009 and including this latest announced investment, the total investment figure will increase to £3.14bn.
Projects identified for part of the development plan include, but are not limited to:
• Pier 6 Western Extension
• A new domestic arrivals facility, including a new baggage reclaim in South Terminal.
• A new mezzanine level extension in the North Terminal departure lounge to accommodate new restaurants.
• Completion of the road system and taxiway entrance to the new Boeing aircraft hangar
• Trial of biometric auto-boarding technology in the North Terminal
• Re-development of South Terminal hotel capacity.
• Completion of the South Terminal long stay car park decking project
• Support for greater use of electric vehicles
• Enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station.
• Investment in joint equipment for ground handlers
• New reception centre for passengers with reduced mobility in the North Terminal.
Stewart Wingate commented that: “Gatwick is a major piece of national infrastructure, and our continued growth and ability to attract long-haul airlines is vital for the health of the UK economy, particularly in a post-Brexit world. We are exploring ways to grow our capacity, including developing new systems and processes to handle more passengers, and considering how we use all our existing infrastructure in the future."
“By committing to spend another £1.11 billion, Gatwick can continue to grow sustainably, attract new airlines and offer more global connections, while providing an excellent service to passengers.
Gatwick is a hub for British Airways, and a focus city for easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI Airways." (£1.00 = US$1.33 at time of publication.)

Swoop receives air operators certificate approval from Transport Canada

Swoop has officially been granted its air operating certificate (AOC) approval by Transportation Canada, with just over a week to go until Swoop’s inaugural flight from Hamilton, ON to Abbotsford, BC.
“Receiving our air operators certificate ticks the last check-box,” said Steven Greenway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swoop. “We’re immensely proud of the Swoop inflight, maintenance and operations teams for getting us here. And we’re ready for takeoff on June 20.”

Universities order more R44 Cadets

Robinson Helicopter Company has received orders for additional R44 Cadets from the universities of North Dakota (UND) and Southern Utah (SUU). This will be UND’s second Cadet and SUU’s third.
Scheduled for delivery in September, both aircraft will be equipped for VFR and IFR training with a fully integrated glass cockpit featuring Garmin’s 1060 TXi (touchscreen) flight display, Garmin’s GTN navigator, and Garmin’s GTX 345 transponder with ADS-B In/Out.
The two-place Cadet offers a spacious baggage compartment, increased performance margins at high altitudes, and a 2400-hour time-between-overhaul.

Ryanair to open new London Southend base in summer 2019

Ryanair will open a new base at London Southend, from April 2019, with 3 based aircraft (an investment of US$300 million) and 13 new routes to 8 countries, including Alicante, Barcelona Reus, Bilbao, Brest, Corfu, Cluj, Dublin, Faro, Kosice, Malaga, Milan Bergamo, Palma and Venice, which will deliver 1m guests annually at London Southend Airport.
Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said: “We are pleased to add London Southend Airport to our UK base network. Ryanair guests travelling to and from London and the Essex area can now enjoy low fares on a choice of 13 routes through London Southend’s exceptionally passenger friendly terminal."

Canada Jetlines prepares for takeoff with lease agreement for two A320 aircraft

Canada Jetlines has partnered with AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and aviation finance, and has signed a Definitive Lease Agreement for two Airbus A320 aircraft, effective June 12, 2018. Delivery of the two aircraft is expected by the first half of 2019.
The two committed Airbus A320’s are sister aircraft, having virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, allowing Jetlines to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes to commence operations at an earlier date. The sister aircraft are 12 years old.
The pre-existing purchase agreement with Boeing for the 737-MAX’s for delivery in 2023 remains in place. Jetlines plans to use the Airbus planes to support its start-up operations and is not limited from securing a Boeing fleet in future, should the Company decide to do so.

Passenger numbers rise at Frankfurt Airport and across Fraport’s Group airports worldwide

With ongoing robust traffic growth in May 2018, Frankfurt Airport welcomed some 6.1 million passengers and registered a 9.5% increase compared to the previous year. Factors contributing to this growth included the occurrence in May 2018 of several extended holiday weekends, as well as school breaks in some German states. In addition, increased capacity on FRA’s European routes spurred passenger growth. During the January-to-May period, Frankfurt Airport achieved accumulated passenger growth of 8.9%.
Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) dropped slightly by 1.1% to 184,555 metric tons in May 2018. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) expanded by 6.0% to some 2.8 million metric tons. Aircraft movements climbed by 9.0% to 45,708 takeoffs and landings.
Across the Group, airports in Fraport’s international portfolio all recorded strong performance in May 2018. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia’s capital city served 167,257 passengers, representing an increase of 14.4%. Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) reported combined traffic growth of 3.2% to about 1.1 million passengers. Traffic at the 14 Greek regional airports surged by 21.0% to 3.1 million passengers overall. The busiest of the Greek airports included Rhodes Airport (RHO) with 632,152 passengers (up 19.7%), Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) with 609,120 passengers (up 16.8%), and Chania Airport (CHQ) with 374,089 passengers (up 13.8%). Peru’s Lima Airport (LIM) posted 11.9% traffic growth to about 1.9 million passengers. At the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, passenger numbers soared by 39.3% to a total of 331,648 passengers. Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey jumped by 36.3% to around 3.5 million passengers. Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany registered a 5.6% traffic gain to 574,109 passengers. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, saw traffic advance by 12.9% to some 1.6 million passengers. In China, Xi’an Airport (XIY) welcomed about 3.8 million passengers, representing an increase of 9.5%.

BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe reconfirmed as Executive Board member of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt

In the context of the most recent general assembly of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt (ACCF) Michael Hoppe, Secretary General of the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), was reconfirmed as Executive Board member of the community. Hoppe has been part of the ACCF since its foundation in 2014. As Secretary General of BARIG he there represents the interests of over 100 national and international cargo and passenger airlines.
“Active involvement in the ACCF is of great importance to us for example concerning the enhancement of infrastructure at the airport in Frankfurt as Europe’s largest cargo airport and regarding the targeted acceleration and optimization of air cargo processes,” Michael Hoppe explains. “Successfully implemented changes in Frankfurt can serve as a model for other locations. BARIG’s engagement in the community is thus a major component of our nationwide efforts in creating more efficient framework conditions for the air cargo and logistics industry in Germany.”
Within BARIG the Air Cargo & Logistics committee, staffed by international experts in this field, is a driver for important topics and communicates with authorities, airport operators, forwarding and industry associations. For many years, Michael Hoppe is an expert advisor of the transport logistic, the globally leading trade fair for logistics and transport in Munich, and the affiliated air cargo Europe, the world’s largest air cargo industry event in Munich and Shanghai.

Skyworld Aviation arranges additional lease of one Saab 2000 to Skywork Airlines

Skyworld Aviation has delivered a further Saab 2000 to Skywork Airlines of Switzerland. Serial number 012 (now registered as HB-IZI) left Täby Air Maintenance, Sweden on June 8, after undergoing a work package with the Saab aircraft Part 145 maintenance specialist. This aircraft joins five existing Saab 2000 aircraft at Skywork, three of which Skyworld Aviation placed with the operator.
HB-IZI was previously operated by BRA - Braathens Regional Airlines and is owned by shipping company Thun AB of Sweden. The aircraft has been placed on long term lease with Skywork. Thun AB is one of Skyworld’s longest standing clients with the first aircraft placed for the organisation back in 1996.

Air Partner opens Los Angeles office as it continues to strengthen US offering

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has opened a new office in Los Angeles, in line with its strategy to grow its geographical footprint.
The office, which opened on June 4, 2018, will service southern California and the broader West Coast markets, strengthening Air Partner's existing US network, which includes New York, Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C.
The announcement of the L.A. office coincides with Air Partner reporting strong trading in the US as part of its Full Year results, released on Monday 11 June 2018. The Group's US-based Commercial Jets, Private Jets and Freight charter divisions all performed well.
Air Partner's Private Jets business reported an 80% rise in overall US customer numbers, driven by last year's New York office expansion, the recruitment of new management, and the Air Partner JetCard being recognised as the most flexible US membership programme by independent aviation consultancy Conklin & de Decker for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, the Commercial Jets and Freight divisions were kept busy responding to customers' needs in the face of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit the US and the Caribbean in September.
Air Partner's product offering has seen strong demand on the west coast, particularly for its Private Jets product which offers exceptional customer service. A full 24-hour flight operations centre ensures customers have instant, year-round access to the Group's services, wherever they are in the world and whatever the time.

Air BP invests in growth of Australian network

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier has strengthened its Australian network. Following the addition of Bundaberg airport (BDB/YBUD) in Queensland and Busselton airport (BQB/YBLN) in Western Australia in March, the company has now started supplying Jet A-1 fuel at Cloncurry airport (CNJ/YCCY) in Queensland.
The three locations will serve both commercial and general aviation customers and brings the number of Australian airports where Air BP offers refuelling services to 76. Air BP’s commitment to delivering the most comprehensive fuelling network in the country is underpinned by their extensive operational experience in Australia and understanding of the need for safe, fit-for-purpose fuelling services at regional airports.
On June 1, Air BP added Jet A-1 to their supply of Avgas at Cloncurry airport following demand from customers such as Virgin Australia and Qantaslink, who operate regular scheduled services from the airport.
Air BP’s operations at Bundaberg airport started on March 26. Located 400km from the state capital of Brisbane at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, it serves a growing customer base including Qantas and Virgin Australia. It is one of the operational bases of the renowned Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), who recently announced that Air BP had become a National Partner. Expansion plans are currently underway at Bundaberg for an aeromedical precint.
Air BP has invested in two new 110,000 litre jet fuel tanks and a self-serve facility at Busselton airport. Following three months of planning, the new tanks were completed in February and tested ahead of the first fuelling on 13 March. Air BP’s investment will support the airport’s expansion which includes a new terminal and extended runway. Located 220km south of Perth, Busselton serves the popular Margaret River wine region.


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