Airport Business News - Europe.
Brandenburg International Airport Opening of Berlin's new Brandenburg International Airport is being pushed back by seven months, to June 2012, in order to ensure its security facilities comply with new European Union requirements. Opening of Berlin's new Brandenburg International Airport is being pushed back by seven months, to June 2012, in order to ensure its security facilities comply with new European Union requirements. While the changes will require additional investment of EUR50 million (USD61 million) to cover the new work, and the delay will mean a EUR26 million income shortfall, the operator says that budgetary "reallocations" and use of reserves mean the original funding requirement will "remain unchanged". The opening for the airport - built on the Berlin Schonefeld site and intended to be a single hub for the German capital - had originally been scheduled for October 2011. Jun 25, 2010
British Airways British Airways could face another strike vote next week. Unite, the union representing British Airways flight attendants, plans to notify the airline today that it is asking members to vote on another round of strikes. Unions are required to give seven days' notice before conducting a strike vote, so the ballot could take place next week. Unite says the issue this time is BA's decision to disallow travel perks for cabin crew who walked off the job in March. Jun 21, 2010
EASA Franco-Russian joint venture PowerJet has formally been awarded European type certification for its SaM146 engine. The European Aviation Safety Agency handed over design organisation approval, followed by a type certificate for the powerplant, during a ceremony in Cologne today. PowerJet developed the SaM146, which has a thrust rating of 76.8kN, for the twin-engined Sukhoi Superjet 100. During the ceremony EASA executive director Patrick Goudou said the application had been submitted the day after EASA formally came into being in September 2003. Jun 23, 2010
IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is carrying out an internal investigation of its billing and remittance system for airlines, after 550 million Thai baht (USD17 million) was reported missing from the system in Thailand. The financial irregularities, which took place between January 2006 and August 2009, were covered up through counterfeiting bank statements, falsifying bank account reconciliation and destroying transaction records, says IATA. Jun 22, 2010
London Gatwick Airport London Gatwick Airport is to be known simply as Gatwick Airport and will undergo a GBP1 billion (USD1.48 billion) facelift, its new owner Global Infrastructure Partners said today. The decision to drop London from the airport's title kicks off a two-year investment program which will result in "improvements to almost every part of the airport", says Gatwick's owner in a statement. Jun 21, 2010
London Oxford airport London Oxford airport has started work on a GBP3 million (USD4.45 million), 4,440m (47,790ft ) three-bay hangar that will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul. It will be the largest single facility built at the airport to date. When complete in December it will have increased the total hangarage at the airport by 78 percent since 2005 to 78,000m . Jun 25, 2010
Ryanair Ryanair opened its newest base at Malaga yesterday with four 737-800s. In the coming days it will launch almost 20 new routes, expanding its network at the Spanish airport to 44 domestic and international routes and 360 weekly flights. The LCC said the base represents an investment of more than USD250 million. It expects its operations at the airport will grow to serve more than 2 million passengers annually. Jun 23, 2010
Vancouver Airport Services, Peel Airports Vancouver Airport Services announced that it reached agreement with Peel Group to acquire a 65 percent share in Peel Airports Ltd., which owns Liverpool John Lennon and two smaller airports in northern England. Peel Group will retain a 35 percent investment stake in PAL, which also owns 100 percent of LJLA and Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield and 75 percent of Durham Tees Valley airports. Liverpool opened in 1933 and handled almost 5 million passengers last year, while DSA handled more than 850,000 and DTVA more than 300,000. VAS participated in a consortium of bidders for the failed Midway Airport privatization last year. It operates and/or invests in 19 airports around the world. It is owned jointly the Vancouver Airport Authority and Citi Infrastructure Investors. Jun 23, 2010
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