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Israel and Jordan could get together to develop a joint airport for Eilat and Aqaba, a plan that has been suggested before but has never actually got off the ground. Last week Israeli veteran Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Petra at a Nobel Prize Laureates' conference where the subject was discussed. Aqaba has a little used airport that sits by the border with Israel whilst the Eilat airport is virtually in the center of the town and whilst OK for lightly loaded Boeing 757s to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion the runway is short for even medium range services typically to the UK. A rebuilt Aqaba with twin terminals rather like Basle could be to each country's advantage. The idea is practical and has not have political overtures as demonstrated last week by the Royal Jordanian Air Force using Eilat. The closure of the Israeli airport would release very valuable land with a fine location. Currently charter flights from Europe operate from the military airfield at Ovda, about one hour's desert drive from Eilat.

Jun 24, 2006

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok's futuristic Suvarnabhumi Airport, which opened in a political sense last September, is now due to receive its first regular scheduled service this coming September, according to reports out of Thailand. In the meantime the airport, whose name means "golden land" in Thai, has been jogging along for more than 40 years but construction delays and claims of financial irregularities have repeatedly postponed its opening. The latest schedule for commercial opening is 28 September. On 29 July six airlines including flag carrier Thai Airways International, Thailand's biggest private airline Bangkok Airways and budget carrier Thai AirAsia, will make test flights, it is said. However there are allegations that only Thai airlines have been invited as the airport does not meet ICAO standards. The new airport, with an initial capacity of 45m will relieve Bangkok's current Don Muang Airport currently accommodating 38.5m passengers annually although it was designed to handle only 36m. Jun 24, 2006

Bermuda Airport

Bermuda Airport Levels Rise. New Airlines, Lower Prices Boost Bermuda Airport Arrivals, Officials Say. New flights and a new airline have produced an increase in the number of arrivals to Bermuda International Airport, officials said. Overall arrivals were up 6 percent, or about 4,000 people, and arrivals from New York rose 26 percent last month, Airport General Manager James Howes said Tuesday. Jun 21, 2006

Black Forest airport

Black Forest airport, at Lahr, whose nearest major city is Strasbourg, 30 miles away across the Rhine, is to market incoming charter airline operations. With its 3,000m main runway it will have no problem accepting the type of aircraft used for this style of service. The airport's new owner, Australian Investor Babcock & Brown, is confident that the former NATO air base can attract passengers from a large segment of Europe to the nearby Europa-Park in Rust, currently with 3.5m visitors annually, Germany's largest leisure resort of its kind. The airport is situated with very easy access to the A5, one of Germany's major Autobahns. Jun 24, 2006

Southhampton airport

Southhampton airport part of BAA plc and now moving around 2m passengers annually looks like becoming the site of an interesting airline war. Flybe have confirmed its intention to replace for the winter season the current Q400 and BAe 146 on its four times daily service to Edinburgh with the brand new EMB 195. It has also signaled to introduce twice-daily flights to Amsterdam on 11 September, jumping in ahead of bmi who have recently announced a four times daily EMB 145 flights in contrast to the Exeter operators Q400. Incumbent carrier Scot Airways is keeping its plans quiet and continues four times a day flown by the popular Dornier 328, also a propjet. From 29 October Flybe will offer a twice-daily (except Saturday) flights to Dusseldorf and a single return service to Hannover. Jun 24, 2006
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