Prague Airport ready for 2021 traffic enhancement

©Václav Havel Airport Prague

Throughout the course of 2020, a total of 3,665,871 passengers passed through the gates of Václav Havel Airport Prague. The operation of the airport was unprecedented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the related restrictions on travel and the worldwide decline in demand for flying. As a result, 79% fewer passengers were handled in Prague compared to 2019. In January and February 2020, there were direct flights serviced from Prague to a total of 111 destinations around the world. In the following months, the offer was limited and continued changing based on the epidemiological situation. Passengers were offered flights Read more

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Massive passenger slump recorded at Frankfurt Airport and Fraport’s Group airports worldwide

Frankfurt Airport ©Fraport

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 18.8 million passengers in 2020, representing a decrease of 73.4% compared to 2019. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the airport started to experience a major decline in passenger traffic in mid-March 2020. Between April and June, traffic almost came to a complete standstill – with weekly passenger figures plummeting by up to 98% year-on-year. Following a slight traffic recovery in the third quarter of 2020, a new rise in corona-virus infection rates led to intensified travel restrictions. This resulted in passenger numbers falling sharply once again in September and remaining low for Read more

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Munich Airport passenger numbers decline to around 11.1 million

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have seen Munich Airport record its lowest traffic figures since it opened in 1992. Due to global travel restrictions, the passenger volume in Munich fell by around 37 million to a little more than eleven million, nearly 77% lower than the previous year’s figure. In the same period, the number of take-offs and landings dropped by more than 270,000 to around 147,000 – a fall of nearly 65%. The cargo volume – including air freight and air mail handled – in Munich came to around 151,000 metric tons in 2020, more than halved compared Read more

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Swissport wins long-term handling contract with airlines of the Lufthansa Group

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Swissport has been awarded a major long-term contract by the Lufthansa Group for Switzerland. The new contract secures significant business volumes. It covers passenger services and airport ramp handling for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, and Edelweiss Air at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The new seven-year contract with the Lufthansa Group runs from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2027. The win comes after a recent agreement for Qantas’ ground services at the three major Australian airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Swissport is in the final stage of completing a financial restructuring and will Read more

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Heathrow to get third runway as Supreme Court overrules Court of Appeal

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The controversial third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport has been given the go-ahead by the U.K.’s highest court, the Supreme Court. It has overturned a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal which had struck down an earlier approval for the runway on the grounds that the U.K. government had ignored climate change commitments when the runway was approved back in 2018. The Supreme Court has ruled that the previous Conservative government had “no obligation” to consider the Paris climate agreement when it gave the green light to the extra runway. Climate activist group Greenpeace U.K. has maintained a high Read more

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Swissport Australia appointed by Qantas for ground services at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra


Subject to consultation and finalization of contracts, Swissport Australia has been appointed as preferred operating partner by Qantas at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra airports. The five-year agreement was reached after a rigorous tender process and will cover up to 70,000 flights per year. This follows on from Swissport’s expanded contract with Qantas Group’s low-cost carrier Jetstar which was chosen in September as preferred ramp services provider for Jetstar’s operations in Sydney, Cairns and Avalon, in September. “We are proud to be trusted by the Qantas Group with their ground operations at Australia’s two busiest airports, in addition to the nation’s Read more

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Indian airports now being serviced by Reliance and bp joint venture

©Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru, one of 11 new Air bp locations in India

The aviation business of the new joint venture of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp has now taken over refueling operations at 30 airports across India. These locations had previously been operated by RIL alone. RIL and bp announced the start of their new Indian fuels and mobility joint venture, Reliance BP Mobility Limited (RBML), which operates under the Jio-bp brand, in July 2020. bp and RIL expect the venture to grow rapidly to help meet India’s fast-growing demands for energy and mobility, including for aviation fuel. The international aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air bp has added 11 Read more

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ANA Partners with Toyota Industries to test automated technology at Saga Airport

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has partnered with Toyota Industries to conduct additional tests of the robotic baggage loader and autonomous towing tractor to further develop these innovative technologies to accelerate their adoption. Scheduled for December 14 – 18, this latest series of tests will demonstrate the gains made by autonomous technology. The tests will take place at Kyushu Saga International Airport (Saga Airport) where ANA has conducted trials of automated technology since March 2019. The airport has served as the location for the trials as ANA has partnered with Saga prefecture to transform Saga Airport into one of the world’s Read more

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xBridge takes command of airport evolution

©PIT’s latest transformative venture is the xBridge

The next step forward at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) will lead the airport industry into the future from inside the Airside Terminal. PIT’s latest transformative venture is the xBridge, a 10,000-ft² innovation center custom-built to nurture the evolution of the industry and inspire creative solutions to aviation’s many challenges.  “The xBridge is a physical manifestation of the innovative mentality we’ve been cultivating here at PIT for years,” said Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology. “This will be a proving ground for new technology that will benefit the airport, our airline partners and the passengers we collectively serve.”  Commonly found in the tech sector, innovation centers bring various aspects of Read more

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Domodedovo Airport renews ISAGO certification

Moscow Domodedovo Airport renews ISAGO certification ©Natalia Esina

Moscow Domodedovo Airport has successfully met the requirements of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations program (ISAGO), renewing its certificate. For the latest certification, the ISAGO team assessed Domodedovo Airport in the categories of organization and management, load control, passenger and baggage handling, aircraft handling and loading, aircraft ground movement, cargo and mail handling. ISAGO is a system for assessing ground handling service providers for airlines. It relies on unified industry-proven principles.

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