IATA Welcomes US Military Report on Low Risk of Catching COVID-19 on a Flight

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” […]

Collinson and Swissport have announced the launch of pre-departure rapid testing facilities at Heathrow Airport

The industry-leading testing facilities, a UK first, are a critical step in the sector’s recovery, restoring traveller confidence and re-opening routes from the UK to the rest of the world. The facilities, located in Terminals 2 and 5, will initially offer passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy the option to fulfil those countries’ pre-departure […]

Aena to launch guidance platform for inside its airports

Airport operator Aena has announced that it is partnering with Spanish telecoms provider Telefónica to launch AenaMaps, a map-based guidance tool to assist passengers at all stages of their journeys, from planning to the flight itself, with particular emphasis on the time they spend at the airport. According to the company, the tool will show […]

ACI and IATA call for urgent industry-wide support to underpin recovery

Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating […]

Heathrow – Traffic fell in September, with a loss of 5.5 million passengers over the course of the month

Just over 1.2 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in September, down 82% compared to 2019. Most travel is to the remaining European destinations on the UK’s travel corridors list. However, the number of countries on this list has steadily declined since its launch, with 61 countries now requiring a 14-day quarantine period. Long-haul business travel, […]

New greenfield airport for India’s Arunachal Pradesh region

AAI (Airports Authority of India) has announced that it has begun construction of a new airport on a greenfield site in Hollongi, 15km from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. AAI states that with an area of 4,100m2 , the new domestic terminal building at Hollongi Airport is to be equipped with eight check-in counters […]

Aberdeen International Airport shortlisted in prestigious ACI annual awards

Aberdeen International Airport is in the running to be crowned one of Europe’s best airports. Along with Torino and Cork airports AIA has been shortlisted in the Best Airport Award under 5 million passengers category at the ACI Europe Awards. The ACI EUROPE Awards recognise excellence and achievement across a whole range of disciplines including […]

Brussels Airport is accelerating preparations for the COVID-19 vaccine

Brussels Airport is ready to receive and ship the first COVID-19 vaccines. A taskforce at Brucargo, the cargo division of the airport, is working full force on preparing scenarios for the import and export of the various types of vaccines in a safe and efficient way. “As Europe’s preferred airport for the transport of temperature-sensitive […]

ACI calls for fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory aviation taxes

Remedies to address the global tax imbalance proposed Airports Council International (ACI) World has published a policy brief calling for an end to the economically inefficient and discriminatory taxation of aviation which is hampering the industry’s recovery from COVID-19. The new publication, Policy Brief: Taxation of international air transport and airports – Economic benefits and […]

Biometrics to facilitate contactless passenger journey at Lyon-Saint-Exupery

France’s Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport is set to trial a fully contactless system covering passengers from the point they register to boarding an aircraft. It will see a combination of biometric facial recognition technology and automatic gates, coupled with a passenger app (called Mona), harnessed to facilitate a fully contactless passenger journey. The system is to be […]