Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority entrusts NAS with passenger handling services at Baghdad International Airport

©NAS will extend its expertise and resources at the Babylon and Samara passenger terminals as well as the international transit halls

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has entrusted National Aviation Services (NAS), an aviation services provider across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, to upgrade and operate passenger-handling services and processes at Baghdad International Airport. NAS will extend its expertise and resources at the Babylon and Samara passenger terminals as well as the international transit halls. NAS will also be responsible for the refurbishment and upgrade of infrastructure and facilities, installation of new equipment, and implementation of all required technology solutions at the two terminals. The two terminals serve all major airlines flying in and out of the country, Read more

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New operator concession for El Salvador Airport Cargo Terminal

Munich Airport International (MAI), the German-based airport management and consulting firm, and EMCO, a Honduran construction company, have been awarded a concession to develop and operate the El Salvador Airport Cargo Terminal for a period of 40 years. The decision was announced on October 9, by the El Salvador Government, through the Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA). As partner to EMCO, MAI will provide management and advisory services for the cargo terminal during all stages, including asset transition and takeover, operations management, service level and standard procedures setup and implementation, cargo business development, cargo related trainings as well as expertise Read more

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Lima Airport signs US$450 million financing for airside development

Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima ©AirTeamImages

Lima Airport Partners (LAP), which has been part of the Fraport Group since 2001, has signed a US$450 million financing agreement for its airside development program at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. KfW IPEX-Bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – are providing the loan. LAP’s airside development is of strategic importance, both for Lima Airport, and also for Peru and South America. Lima Airport is a major and popular hub airport for the South American market. The airside development comprises a new 65-meter-high air traffic control (ATC) tower, a Read more

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NAV CANADA launches remote air traffic services trial with Searidge Technologies

NAV CANADA has commenced a trial to provide Aerodrome Advisory Services (AAS) at Fredericton International Airport (CYFC) remotely from Saint John, New Brunswick (CYSJ) using Searidge Technologies’ Enhanced Airport Vision Display (EAVD). The trial, which integrates the EAVD platform into NAV CANADA’s operational display suite, aims to demonstrate how certified video technology can increase levels of safety, efficiency and flexibility in air traffic services and aircraft operations. Flight Service Specialists will benefit from increased situational awareness with a clear and real-time view of the airfield operating areas and surrounding airspace, which will support service enhancements such as the control of Read more

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Gloucestershire Airport is “cargo ready”, welcomes first cargo operator

In response for an alternative airport for urgent automotive and “just-in-time” logistics, Gloucestershire Airport in the U.K. has welcomed its first cargo operator. Global Airlift Solutions operated its PC12NG Cargo aircraft into the airport at the launch of the new service. Visiting cargo aircraft will be handled by Weston Aviation at their FBO facility and private ramp area, offering fast and professional handling enabling the cargo to be on the road within minutes of arrival. Nick Weston, CEO of Weston Aviation commented, “I have been involved in urgent automotive logistics and handling for 30 years and understand the fine balance Read more

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European airlines and airports agree to further suspend ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ slots agreement

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With the threat of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, European carriers are still trying to deal with the disastrous effects of the continued downturn in passenger demand. As a consequence, airport slot coordinators have agreed with airports and airlines to further suspend the ‘use it or lose it’ rule for the whole of the 2020-2021 winter season. According to the International Air Travel Association (IATA), to facilitate a prompt decision by the European Commission, ACI EUROPE, Airlines for Europe (A4E), Airlines International Representation in Europe (AIRE), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the European Association of Slot Read more

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Cambridge Airport invests in new landing systems

©Cambridge Airport invests in new landing system

Cambridge City Airport has invested in a new and improved Instrument Landing System (ILS) and colocated Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) to provide an enhanced precision approach that enables aircraft to approach the runway in darkness or in adverse weather conditions where visibility is limited. The airport has awarded the contract to Systems Interface (SIL), a U.K. specialist that will design, supply, install and commission an ILS system comprising localizer and antenna systems, glidepath and antenna systems and a low-power DME. “We want to ensure pilots have access to the latest navigational aids and a new ILS ensures we maintain the Read more

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Domodedovo Airport served 1.7 million passengers in July

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Moscow Domodedovo Airport has welcomed 1.7 million passengers in July 2020, a 137% month-on-month rise. Simferopol, Sochi, Saint Petersburg, Anapa and Kaliningrad were the most popular destinations. The airport served 716 thousand travelers on these routes, a 21% year-over-year increase. In July, the airlines added flights to domestic destinations from Domodedovo. S7 Airlines launched flights to Makhachkala, Red Wings started flying to Grozny five times a week. Ural Airlines flies to Vladikavkaz and Gorno-Altaysk seven-, and four-times a week respectively.

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Gatwick Airport announces significant companywide restructure plans

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Gatwick Airport is planing for a significant restructure across its business designed to further reduce operating and staff costs in light of the dramatic impact COVID-19 has had on its passenger and air traffic numbers. The proposed organization redesign will reshape the company so it is best placed to respond quickly to future growth. The new proposals could result in the region of 600 job roles being removed from across the business, which is approximately 24% of the current number of employees.  The company will now enter into a formal consultation process with employees. For August, usually one of the Read more

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Cambridge Airport becomes first southern base for Apollo Air Services

Cambridge City Airport in the U.K. has become the first southern base for Apollo Air Services, a leading VIP helicopter charter service. Apollo already has four bases in the north, in Carlisle, Leeds, St Andrews, and Cardiff. The new addition of Cambridge will make the company better placed to meet the growing demand for helicopter travel and service the south of the UK including London, the South Coast and European cities, such as Paris and Brussels. Cambridge Airport and Apollo Air Services have both experienced a sharp increase – more than 40% – in enquiries for private charter flights compared Read more

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