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Airport News - Europe.

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Delays As UK Flights Return To Normal. Airlines said flights were returning to normal on Friday but warned of more cancellations and further delays at UK airports after a foiled bomb plot sparked a security alert and stranded thousands of passengers. Airport operator BAA said a ban on short-haul flights coming into Heathrow had been lifted and the airport was "busy but calm". British Airways said about 70 percent of its short-haul services from Heathrow were expected to operate on Friday, a day after canceling all short-haul flights to and from the airport. Most long-haul flights from Heathrow were operating as normal, except for six services to the United States, the airline said, but warned of delays at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Aug 11, 2006

Recovery begins in UK but extensive delays still expected. Airlines and airports in the UK were preparing for another difficult day today in the wake of yesterday's airport security alerts and new security measures.A ban on virtually all carry-on luggage remained in place, and passengers were told to expect extended delays at checkpoints. Aug 11, 2006

The stringent measures were taken after British police arrested 24 people suspected of trying to smuggle bombs disguised as drinks aboard aircraft. US officials said as many as 10 planes might have been targeted. In Auckland, passengers to the United States and Britain were banned from carrying hand baggage. Indonesian authorities said they had stepped up airport security, but liquids and hand baggage had not been banned. Eric Wong, terminal general manager for the Hong Kong Airport Authority, said passengers had incurred delays of between 20 and 60 minutes. But Hong Kong's terminal appeared to be running smoothly on Friday afternoon with few lines or even waiting passengers. None of the chaos that ensued last week during passage of Typhoon Prapiroon was apparent. Aug 11, 2006

Transatlantic terror plot disrupted, UK airports in chaos. Airlines throughout the world are delaying and canceling hundreds of flights to the UK in response to the arrest there early today of 21 alleged terrorists accused of planning to destroy as many as 10 US commercial aircraft operating transatlantic UK-to-US service. "We are confident we have disrupted a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction," London Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said.The plot, which US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said was "suggestive of al-Qaida," apparently involved disguising liquid-based explosives as innocuous objects in carry-on baggage and electronic trigger devices disguised as electronic car keys. Reportedly, some of the suspects are UK citizens. All are believed to be Muslim. Aircraft operated by American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines are believed to have been targeted. Chertoff called the plot "as sophisticated as any we have seen in recent years as far as terrorism is concerned." Aug 10, 2006

Amsterdam Schiphol

Next time you fly KLM through Amsterdam Schiphol you might notice that Departure Hall 2 has undergone a major makeover. The terminal now sports 60 self-service check-in kiosks, and 56 baggage drop-off points. Aug 9, 2006

Dublin airport

Dublin is to have a significant expansion of Ryanair services from December when the airline will base three new aircraft at the airport. New destinations include Torp (Norway) daily, Madrid (Spain) daily from February, Tampere (Finland) four times weekly, Vitoria (Spain) also four times weekly from January as is Billund (Denmark). Bologna (Italy) gets a four times weekly service from February whilst Grenoble (France) is a December start at three times a week, likewise Friedrichshafen (Germany), whilst with the same frequency Almeria and Seville (Spain) starts in January and Pula (Croatia) in February. Finally Rzeszow (Poland) gets a twice weekly service in January. This brings to 63 the number of UK and European mainland Europe routes served by Ryanair from Dublin. Aug 12, 2006

Fomento de Construcciones

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas of Spain agreed to acquire Aeroporti di Roma Handling through its Flightcare subsidiary for [euro]72.5 million ($93.3 million) subject to the approval of competition authorities. FCC said Flightcare will become the leading independent handling company at Fiumicino and Ciampino and "will be well placed to expand to the rest of Italy." Aug 8, 2006

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport expects 2006 core profit to rise 4 to 5 percent, helped by modest passenger growth at Frankfurt and higher spending in airport shops, restaurants and parking. Aug 8, 2006

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express customers are being offered free access to the new Rejuve Club, located in the international departure lounge, T1, until the end of September. Rejuve is a revitalising place for passengers' well-being. Once inside it is an oasis of calm, the reverse of the busy terminal. The 4,500 sq ft club includes an exercise area, eight treatment rooms, innovation pod, barber's area, power showers, secure storage, juice bar, private club area and retail section. Customers will need to present their Heathrow Express train ticket to take advantage of the offer. Aug 12, 2006

London BAA

London's BAA chief at Heathrow, Tony Douglas, said that if extra searches were maintained, long queues and cancellations were inevitable. "They're not sustainable measures," he said. A police spokesman said the suspects had been plotting "mass murder on an unimaginable scale". Britain has named 19 of those arrested, who were aged from 17 to 35. A suspected al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan has been named by authorities there as "a key person" behind the plot. Rashif Rauf was seized by Pakistani intelligence who had monitored his phone calls and emails after a tip-off from Britain's security services. Aug 13, 2006 London BAA

UK airports operator BAA advised passengers not to attempt to fly today. British Airways cancelled all Heathrow flights to destinations in the UK, Europe and Libya and major airlines throughout Europe cancelled flights to Heathrow and other UK airports. Major delays also are expected at US airports after the US Dept. of Homeland Security raised the nation's threat level to Red--its highest state of alert--for commercial flights outbound from the UK to the US. Aug 10, 2006

London BAA

London's BAA July Passenger Traffic Up 3.1 Percent.Airport operator BAA said on Tuesday its passenger traffic rose by 3.1 percent in July from a year earlier. BAA, which owns London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, said 15 million passengers used its airports in the month. BAA agreed to a GBP10.1 billion (USD$19.2 billion) takeover offer from a consortium led by Spain's Grupo Ferrovial in June. Aug 8, 2006

Munich International

Munich International Airport operator FMG announced its application to the regional government of Upper Bavaria to launch a planning process for construction of a third runway. FMG said a third runway would increase its capacity to 120 operations per hr. Aug 9, 2006
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