ACI renews calls for testing to replace quarantine

Airports Council International (ACI) World has renewed its call for the widespread deployment of Covid-19 testing of international passengers before travel, as an alternative to restrictive national quarantine measures. With a predicted US$104.5bn reduction in revenue in 2020, and the airport industry representing 60% of aviation jobs, the economic toll of quarantine measures is high. […]

Manchester Airports Group enlists advisory service expertise

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) Engineering, Project Management and Design Services framework (EPMDS), to provide airport advisory services. MAG comprises three airports – Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted – and is the largest UK-owned airport operator, with 60 million passengers passing through its sites […]

The Aviation Authority eliminates frequency cap for airlines operating in Ecuador

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation announced through a publication on its website that frequency restrictions for airlines operating in Ecuador, both domestic and international flights, were eliminated. The decision was made after the lifting of the state of exception on September 14. Until September 14, the country had a 50% restriction on the frequencies […]

IATA – Traffic Forecast Downgrade After Dismal Summer

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery, as evidenced by a dismal end to the summer travel season in the Northern Hemisphere. IATA now expects full-year 2020 traffic to be down 66% compared to 2019. The previous estimate was for a 63% decline. August passenger […]

Kaunas Airport considers installing solar power plant in near future

Kaunas Airport which belongs to the network of Lithuanian Airports announced market consultations and is currently starting to consider the opportunities to instal a solar power plant within the territory of the airport. The representatives of the airport state that the energy generated by solar power plant would in the future assist Kaunas Airport in […]

Mineta San José cuts waiting times with Uber tool

Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) has partnered with Uber to improve ridesharing for passengers. It claims travelers departing the airport are finding that their wait times have been cut to almost zero, thanks to Uber ExpressMatch, a dynamic, intelligent matching tool that places drivers at dedicated airport curb areas to be ready for rider […]

Quito Airport has shown a significant recovery of its domestic and international connectivity

Connectivity from the Quito International Airport has been increasing steadily since the resumption of commercial passenger operations on June 1, both in national and international service. On the domestic front, during the months of June and July, three airlines (Avianca, LATAM and Aeroregional) offered connections with six destinations within the country (Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Loja, […]

UK airport group moves to cut plastic waste

AGS Airports has become the first UK airport group to trial a new Oxo-Biodegradable 100ml security bag. The bags will be available free of charge to passengers in the security areas at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports. By introducing the biodegradable bags, AGS says it will remove more than two million single-use plastic bags annually […]

UK’s first UV treatment of security trays installed at Gatwick to protect passengers and staff by reducing spread of coronaviruses

Gatwick is the first airport in the UK to treat its security trays with enough UV light energy to guarantee a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate – protecting passengers and staff and reducing the spread of coronaviruses, including COVID-19, and other infections on this high-touch surface area. The new, highly effective system – provided by Smiths […]

IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to […]