Airports

Changing travel habits, both for business and pleasure, have led to increased traffic through international and domestic airports across the globe. Airports have faced numerous challenges surrounding increasing passenger volumes, enhanced security requirements and environmental considerations.

These challenges, in turn, have led to airports rapidly evolving and expanding whilst adopting new technologies, expanding terminals, building new runways and developing environmental policies that better align with modern standards and expectations.

This page contains news stories and articles on airports across the globe with details on planned expansion and development as well as new technologies and initiatives to tackle these challenges. We are constantly adding new articles to help keep you up to date with all the latest changes and updates for hundreds of airports worldwide.

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CROYDON: Rivalry at London’s ‘first’ hub airport

Competition, comfort and co-operation became bywords for Croydon-connected carriers as they vied for speed records, new standards in flight experiences and even teamed up on popular routes as we discover in the fourth of our six weekly forays into the hub’s history

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IN PICTURES: Snapshot of historic Croydon Airport

Readers who picked up a copy of the 100th and final issue of Airports of the World magazine will have enjoyed David Ransted’s definitive, double-length feature celebrating Croydon Airport, the UK’s first major international hub. Here, we share some of the incredible archive imagery used to illustrate the article...

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

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CROYDON: how London’s ‘first’ hub airport captured the 1930s air travel boom

Competition was hotting-up between British and intercontinental airlines as a new decade of flight aboard now-legendary types beckoned for the well-heeled. In the third of our six-part series  – with fascinating images of the era – Croydon’s response to growing domestic and international demand comes  into focus

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Manchester adds Middle Eastern link

The Northwest hub now offers routes from six Gulf airlines

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CROYDON: Which celebrities flocked to London’s ‘first’ hub airport?

Great aviators, royalty and stars of the big screen jostled to be spotted at Croydon as an eclectic mix of post-war buildings gave way to a purpose-built Neoclassical terminal. In  the second of our six-part series we focus  on the people and places behind the emerging airport

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Croydon: London’s ‘first’ hub airport you’ve never heard of

It wasn’t Britain’s first aerial gateway, but Croydon Airport rapidly became the nation’s hub and one of the world’s most important airports. We  chart the history of London’s first true hub airport in this six-part opener – featuring rare archive images.

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Geneva Airport's grand plans

Once a quirky hodgepodge of terminal design, the Swiss facility is currently undergoing transformative works, as Matteo Legnani reports

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries, or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

Who's started a 3,000-mile direct service to Manchester using A320neos?!

A Middle Eastern-based carrier has launched a new direct, 3,000-mile service today (May 1) to Manchester using Airbus A320neos! Who is it? Find out here!

International Airport Development News

On this page you will find articles including planning for redevelopment of major international airports from Al Maktoum to LaGuardia and Singapore to Beijing’s Daxing International Airport. This will include new runways, new terminal buildings and redevelopment of arrival and departure facilities. We will also include articles on the latest airport trends including new security protocols, improved passenger flow through terminal buildings and the introduction of new greener initiatives.

Large international airports are extremely complex, from the computer systems used to coordinate thousands of passengers and hundreds of flights, to the logistics of moving travellers and their luggage through the terminal efficiently. Many airports are adopting digital solutions to increase efficiency which in themselves can lead to new challenges including security, travel disruption and logistics.

For a closer look at the technology being implemented by airports, take a look at our Airport Technology page.

Whether you’re looking for information on Heathrow Airport Holdings latest development plans, or London City Airport’s latest initiative to engage with the local community. We have articles covering all of the major UK airports, from Luton to Manchester and Stanstead to Gatwick. Find out which UK airports are trialling cutting-edge technology to improve their passenger experience, where the latest security initiatives are being implemented and how effective they are proving to be.

For more information on the latest commercial aviation news why not take a look at our dedicated pages from Airport Technology, Commercial Aviation News and Aviation Engineering News.

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