Proposals for a new island airport in the Thames estuary have been rejected by the Airports Commission in the UK. Dubbed ‘Boris Island’ due to the enthusiastic support of outgoing London mayor Boris Johnson, the plan was rejected due to fears over cost, economic disruption and the possible environmental impact.
Research carried out by Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has found that 28% more UK airports now offer free Wi-Fi for travellers, compared to May 2013. The research compares the availability and cost of Wi-Fi access across 25 major UK airports in 2014.
Arabian Reach, the UAE-based company specialising in exhibitions and events management across the region, has revealed that suppliers in the emerging markets are set to capitalise on the $160bn worth of airport expansion projects in Asia, Far East, Russia, CIS, Middle East, Africa and South America.
Westralia Airports Corporation (WAC), the owner and operator of Perth Airport, has confirmed that Broad Construction Services (WA) has been selected as lead contractor to build the new domestic terminal.
Manchester Airport is to undergo a £400m development and create more than 7,000 jobs. The project comes as part of the UK government’s new scheme to create 21 new Enterprise zones to stimulate economic growth and employment.
A new airport for Quito in November 2011 will improve connections and access to North America, Europe and the rest of Latin Amercia, with an increase in flight numbers and load factors.
The government has placed a ban on new runways at Britain’s three biggest airports - Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted - as part of the nation’s first major aviation policy review in seven years.
Ferrovial has put 10 percent of BAA up for sale in a bid to cut its debt burden. The Spanish construction group has been under extreme financial pressure since buying the airport operator and has debts of £22bn, of which £13bn is made up by BAA.
The Indonesian government has laid out an ambitious infrastructure programme which includes the construction of 14 new airports starting next year. This will include an increase in capital expenditure of 28 percent next year as the government aims to build more bridges, roads, ports and airports to boost growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
Leading tourism industry figures have attacked the UK coalition government following an announcement staff at the department for culture, media and sport could be cut by half. At the same time, Unite has questioned government plans to introduce further competition at UK airports.
Bristol Airport’s new walkway was officially opened today (Friday 28 May), concluding 12 months’ work on the £8 million project.
The new owners of Gatwick Airport have ruled out plans to build a second runway, saying there was “not a shred of interest”.