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.

The composite picture of Gatwick shows (left) the arrangement of the proposed runways, taxi tracks and building areas superimposed on an Ordnance Survey map, with (right) an aerial view of the present site, taken by the Air Survey Company and reduced to the same scale. In the map solid black is used to show the paving work to be completed by 1956 and cross-hatching to show the duplicate runway system, work on which is to be started in 1958. Th N.E.-S.W. runway may be laid down at the same time if traffic de Feature Premium

Unearthed: the original plan for Gatwick from 1952

A fascinating piece on what was the original plan for Gatwick from the October 17, 1952 issue of The Aeroplane

The 200,000mph threat to every airport in the world

Travelling at speeds more than 300 times faster than a Boeing 747 in cruise, this uncontrollable phenomenon presents a serious hazard to airline operations on the ground. Key.Aero speaks to Chris Vagasky from Vaisala to find out more…

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Getting to the Green Coast

Brazil’s Costa Verde is a popular holiday hotspot, thanks to its beautiful beaches and landscape. However, two of its aerial gateways, Angra dos Reis and Paraty, have often lacked scheduled air links. This all changed in December 2020, as Daniel R Carneiro finds out

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How airports are recouping COVID losses

During March and April of this year, a £5 charge for vehicles dropping off passengers at both of Gatwick’s North and South Terminals was introduced. Are operators really this strapped for cash? Tara Craig examines how some gateways are recouping the dramatic losses of 2020

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How London Southend is preparing to reopen its doors

While no UK facility has been immune to the turbulence of the...

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Inside Birmingham's revolutionary Eurohub terminal

The former Eurohub at Birmingham Airport would have been 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Lee Cross examines the history behind the revolutionary passenger terminal

The innovative way to reduce airport runway congestion

As soon as we’re allowed to fly again, a problem that’s been getting steadily worse for decades will be back: severe congestion on our airport runways. But it doesn’t have to be that way, argues Professor Richard Steinberg

London City rolls out remote digital ATC tower

After months of testing, the system has been introduced into service for the first time

Revealed: World airport traffic rankings for 2020

The results show that the recovery has not been uniform around the world

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Green light: AGS Airports' environmental efforts

Airports rarely get the kudos they deserve for the efforts they are making to be more environmentally friendly. Chris Smith hears how one UK group is leading by example

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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