• DHS issues statistics on FY 2016 visitor overstays

    New figures from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that 1.47% of non-immigrant admissions at air and sea points of entry overstayed in the United States in fiscal year (FY) 2016. The FY 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report, released on 22 May 2017, found that US Customs and Border

  • India steps up efforts to map noise

    India is prioritising moves to limit noise emissions at airports and standardise land use planning, as it prepares for an ICAO audit in November 2017. ICAO Doc 9289 (Balanced Approach to Noise Management) calls for member states to introduce noise limit guidelines and land use plans by 2018. The

  • One-off events boost Fraport finances

    Fraport announced its best-ever annual financial results on 23 May 2017, despite a slowdown in traffic at main asset Frankfurt Airport. Pre-tax earnings grew by 24.2% year on year to EUR1.05 billion (USD1.17 billion) in fiscal year 2016, spurred by compensation for a cancelled concession in Manila

  • Peru to re-tender Cuzco concession

    The Peruvian government announced on 21 May that it is rescinding a contract to build a new USD520 million international airport near Cuzco, citing cost concerns and "a series of deficiencies". Vice-President Martín Vizcarra Cornejo (who subsequently resigned as transport minister)

  • Auckland picks design consortium for integrated terminal

    Mott MacDonald has been selected to lead a design consortium for the combined domestic and international terminal at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. Work begins imminently, with the final design expected by early 2018. Team members include Grimshaw, Architectus, and Holmes Consulting. The scope

  • Court blocks US UAV registration

    The US Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit has ruled that federal law prohibits the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from continuing to require registration of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and model aircraft. The FAA ordered registration of these unmanned aircraft

  • Delta trials facial recognition

    Delta Air Lines is to test facial recognition technology at a self-service bag-drop station in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, starting in the summer of 2017. This will be the first trials of biometric-based self-service bag-drop technology in the United States, and follow moves by

  • Swedish researchers improve emissions modelling

    Swedish defence research agency FOI has developed an improved model for calculating aviation emissions. By studying the radar tracks of 2,200 domestic flights in Swedish airspace (historical data from 2016, provided by air navigation service provider LFV), FOI researchers saw how real flights

  • Frankfurt sets new green objectives

    New environmental targets issued by Fraport include a cut in annual CO 2 output from operations at Frankfurt Airport to 80,000 tonnes by 2030. "Emissions per transport unit are set to be reduced to 0.9 kg of CO 2 per passenger or 100 kg of airfreight or airmail," the airport operator

  • Jacobs supports Los Angeles projects

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a seven-year prime contract for project and construction management of multiple developments at Los Angeles International Airport. The multibillion-dollar deal includes the Landside Access Modernization Program, the

  • New Orleans stands at EASE

    Amadeus company AirIT is to install its Extended Airline System Environment (EASE) hybrid common-use platform at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The project is planned for completion by February 2019, when the new North Terminal at the airport is due to open. The number of

  • Robotic kiosks make check-in queues history, says SITA

    SITA Lab has developed an autonomous deployable self-service kiosk called KATE that can be deployed anywhere for check-in at an airport, as required, to deal with disruptive events or queues. "For passengers, this means that queues at check-in can be relegated to the past," said Stephane

  • Luton pools GSE

    Ground-handling firms Menzies and Swissport are working with TCR and Luton Airport to pool ground support equipment (GSE). "This is the first pooled equipment contract of its type in the UK and we're confident that it will bring real benefit to the airport's operations as we roll the project

  • Namibia enhances security training

    The Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) has selected Safe Passage International to equip its primary aviation training centre and two satellite training centres with the company's computer based training. Safe Passage is also providing instructor-led training and materials to help DCA

  • SITA eyes next-generation technology for Asia-Pacific

    As the Asia-Pacific region experiences airport congestion as air traffic grows, passengers are often left disappointed. Recognising this problem, technology services provider, SITA is looking at the region with renewed focus by testing new concepts, with plans in hand for more. SITA is the main IT

  • South Africa upgrades D-ATIS

    ATNS has completed a project to replace its Digital Automatic Terminal Information System (D-ATIS) equipment. The South African air navigation service provider phased out its Schneider Electric MetConsole O-ATIS solution at three airports, and replaced it with the MetConsole 3 D-ATIS from the same

  • Avinor seeks UK consultancy advice on fuel supply

    UK-based eJet International is providing consultancy services to Norwegian airport operator Avinor, as it seeks to manage change in the aviation fuel supply chain at Oslo Gardermoen. Avinor is looking to determine the feasibility of open-access fuel supply, which would allow any qualified provider

  • EU relaxes subsidy rules

    The recent decision by the European Commission (EC) to relax state-aid rules on public subsidies to small European airports will not only lighten its administrative burden, but will also allow national governments to cover operating losses of the smallest airports without scrutiny from Brussels.

  • Europe upgrades radio transmission tracking

    New radio direction-finding (RDF) equipment is enhancing safety in some of the busiest airspace in Europe. Controllers at the Eurocontrol Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) began receiving data from new RDF units in October 2016. These units can calculate where an aircraft is transmitting

  • Sunhillo wins FAA support deal

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Sunhillo Technical Services, a subsidiary of Sunhillo Corporation, a USD151 million contract for Enroute and Oceanic Support Services (EOSS). Main second-level engineering activities under the seven-year deal will take place at the FAA