• Burgas and Varna implement ABC

    Two Bulgarian airports have put automated border clearance (ABC) gates into service. Any passengers holding electronic machine-readable travel documents, citizens of EU, EEA, and Switzerland over 18 years may use the new e-gates at Burgas and Varga, supplied by Vision-Box. The gates combine

  • FAA opens up on small RPAS

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released new guidance to US law enforcement agencies explaining the legal framework for oversight of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The FAA guidance describes how small RPAS can be operated legally, and the options for legal enforcement

  • Manila enhances immigration clearance

    The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) completed installation of 171 passport readers, 160 desktop computers, and other equipment for immigration clearance at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport in early January. BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said the equipment was fast-tracked to

  • Norway could slow down in 2015, warns Avinor

    Passenger traffic at Norwegian airports grew by 2.7% in 2014, according to the latest annual statistics from Avinor. Aircraft movements also increased by 2.7%. The state-run operator of 46 airports reported total passenger volume of more than 50 million, although growth was unevenly distributed

  • San Diego adds APC capability

    Eight new Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks have entered service at San Diego International Airport. APC kiosks are now in use at more than 30 airports, to expedite arrivals clearance for US citizens and passport-holders from Visa Waiver Program countries. The kiosks are expected to reduce

  • UK government invites bids for stimulus package

    Regional airports in the United Kingdom are being encouraged to bid for up to GBP56 million (USD84 million) of government funding to establish new routes between 2015 and 2018. The incentive package is split into GBP17.5 million for 2015-16 and GBP20 million for each of the remaining years, the UK

Airports Airports

  • International demand spurs on Munich

    Munich continued the growth trend at major European airports in 2014 with record passenger and cargo traffic. Operator FMG calculated that 39.7 million passengers used Munich Airport in 2014, marking a 3% year-on-year increase and reflected a strong second half of the year. "The increase in


  • Muscat tower begins operations

    The new control tower at Muscat International Airport has entered operational service, equipment contractor Indra announced on 14 January. The tower was equipped to operate with the 4,000 x 60 m second runway at Muscat. The runway, which welcomed its first flight in December 2014, is capable of

Equipment Equipment

  • Seattle runway upgrade draws closer

    A major runway reconstruction project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is due to begin in April 2015. Work on Runway 16C/34C is expected to finish in November 2015. One notable feature of the project is the installation of the FODetect system from Xsight Systems. FODetect includes

Security Security

  • Lessons linger from LAX shooting

    The TSA and other US law enforcement agencies are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the November 2013 incident Efforts continue to help airports in the United States prepare for so-called 'active shooter' events, more than a year after a man armed with an assault rifle walked into Los Angeles