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The ‘Open Access Model’ fuel farm

28 March 2008 | By Rajgopal Swami, CFO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL)

Travel to any airport in the country and among the many things you will see are trucks re-fuelling aircraft while they are parked on the apron area. It is not just in India. This is commonplace in many other airports across the globe. The new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at…

Winter at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL)

28 March 2008 | By Erik Gill, Director of Airport Services, Oslo Airport

Based on many years of experience, winter at Oslo Airport is defined as the period between 15 October and 15 April. This is when we enter a period which will require the planning to have been completed and the manpower and equipment to be in place. We have to ensure…

World-class baggage handling operations

28 March 2008 | By Tebogo Mekgoe, Assistant General Manager, O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA)

Considering that O.R. Tambo International Airport is fast gaining status as world class, it is no wonder that all the facilities and technologies available in the airport precinct compare with the best in the world. As the largest airport in Africa, currently processing over 18 million passengers annually, Airports Company…

Development of friction testing in the UK

28 March 2008 | By Paul Fraser-Bennison, Aerodrome Standards Policy Officer, UK CAA Safety Regulation Group

On 6 February 1958, an aircraft crashed whilst making its third attempt to take off from Munich's Reim Airport. Twenty-three of the passengers and crew on board were killed. After a lengthy investigation, the cause of the accident was identified as slush on the runway. Fifty years later, this event…

Opportunities for reducing surface emissions

28 March 2008 | By Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Flights in the United States spent more than 20 million minutes taxiing in to their gates and over 49 million minutes taxiing out for departure in the year 2006. Aircraft taxiing on the surface contribute significantly to the fuel burn and emissions at airports.

IATA – a training strategy for airports

28 March 2008 | By Professor Paul Clark, Director – IATA Training and Development Institute

Many people believe that IATA, as the representative of the airline industry, has an exclusive focus on airlines. This could not be further from the truth. IATA’s contribution embraces all key sectors of the industry, especially airports. A key IATA commercial objective is to provide integrated solutions to member airlines,…

The new Quito International Airport: more than just an air terminal

28 March 2008 | By Luis Eduardo Pérez, Executive President, Corporación Quiport S.A.

Buried deep in the mountains, Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is set in the Pichincha province at 2,800 metres above sea level (masl). The International Airport, Mariscal Sucre, opened 73 years ago, is located at the same altitude.

Cancún International Airport goes from strength to strength

28 March 2008 | By Fernando Chico Pardo, President and CEO of ASUR

Following inauguration of a state-of-the-art new terminal in 2007, the airport’s operator, ASUR, is continuing its capacity expansion programme with the construction of a second runway for simultaneous operations. Early last year, I was pleased to receive an invitation from International Airport Review to submit an article on the new…

Main entrance gate to Chile

28 March 2008 | By General de Brigada Aérea (A), José Huepe Pérez, Director General of Civil Aviation

In the last few years, the Chilean aeronautical sector has experienced significant growth; in 2007 9,010,979 passengers were transported, of which nearly 8.5 million went through Santiago’s airport. In total, over 120,000 tons of freight and 95,000 operations make Arturo Merino Benítez Airport the main entrance gate to Chile.

T5: The Concept

28 March 2008 | By Mike Davies CBE, Project Director T5

An interview with Mike Davies CBE, Project Director T5.

Dealing with dynamic & complex logistics at T5

28 March 2008 | By Shaun Cowlam, Logistics Director, BAA Heathrow

Restricted to the north and south by two of the world’s most heavily utilised runways, to the east by existing terminals and to the west by Europe’s busiest motorway interchange, space is at a premium at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 site. There’s little room and a large logistical challenge: how…

The T5 completion

28 March 2008 | By David Bartlett, Head of Design T5, BAA

The start of operations at Terminal 5 on 27 March 2008 marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Heathrow Airport. At a cost of £4.3bn, this has been a mammoth undertaking, successfully completed on time and on budget. Terminal 5 will redefine the passenger experience at Heathrow and…

T2 – Transforming Dublin Airport

4 February 2008 | By Mark Foley, Director of Capital Programmes, Dublin Airport Authority

The €2 billion ‘Transforming Dublin Airport’ programme, which is now in its third year, is one of the largest construction projects in Ireland.