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Gatwick Airport Is Spending Big to Try to Close the Gap With Heathrow

Gatwick Airport Is Spending Big to Try to Close the Gap With Heathrow

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Undeterred by the UK government's rejection of its runway expansion plans, Gatwick is planning to splash the cash on upgrading its terminals. There is, however, only so much you can do with a single runway.

2 months ago

High-End Airport Lounges Are Evolving to Fight Jet Lag as Flights Get Longer

High-End Airport Lounges Are Evolving to Fight Jet Lag as Flights Get Longer

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

New airport lounges are emerging with spa elements and wellness options for business- and first-class passengers. The average flyer or business traveler, though, will still have to use the same old overcrowded lounges they're used to.

2 months ago

India Aims to Ease Language Barriers for Air Traffic Control

India Aims to Ease Language Barriers for Air Traffic Control

Debjit Chakraborty and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Beyond being a safety issue, this kind of streamlining will serve India well as its aviation market continues to flourish, not just because of a rising middle class but the advent of low-cost service.

2 months ago

Global Air Travel Is Being Held Back by a Worsening Runway Shortage

Global Air Travel Is Being Held Back by a Worsening Runway Shortage

Angus Whitley, Benjamin Katz, and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

"Infrastructure is a bigger threat to the growth of airlines than the price of oil," says Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. We agree. Airport capacity constraints are tightest in fast-growing Asian nations.

2 months ago

Airports Could Improve Revenue by Figuring New Uses for Empty Parking Lots

Airports Could Improve Revenue by Figuring New Uses for Empty Parking Lots

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

When flyers think about spending money at the airport, sandwiches and lattes quickly come to mind. But airports are thinking just as much about money spent in the parking lot, and they might need to change their approach.

2 months ago

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

Israel’s Tourism Boom Prompts $10 Billion Island Infrastructure Project

David Wainer and Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

A new airport on an artificial island could really help with Israel's land scarcity problem as tourists continue streaming in, assuming the existing infrastructure can hold out for another 10 to 15 years.

3 months ago

London Stansted Airport Subject to Flight Disruptions After UK Lightning Strikes

London Stansted Airport Subject to Flight Disruptions After UK Lightning Strikes

Associated Press

The flight disruptions at London Stansted will have a spillover effect at other airports during a UK bank holiday. Mother Nature obviously got her calendar wrong for this.

3 months ago

Group Building Istanbul New Airport to Get an Extra $1.2 Billion Loan

Group Building Istanbul New Airport to Get an Extra $1.2 Billion Loan

Asli Kandemir and Ercan Ersoy, Bloomberg

Istanbul's new airport will feature the world’s largest terminal and is due to have its delayed opening later this year. But we increasingly worry that, rather than make Turkey a key international hub between Europe and Asia, it is too big for its own good.

3 months ago

Heathrow Within ‘Touching Distance’ of Approval for Third Runway

Heathrow Within ‘Touching Distance’ of Approval for Third Runway

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

We've been here many, many times before. Even if the UK government gives the go-ahead, we should expect further delays, especially as there is still plenty of opposition to expansion.

3 months ago

Privately Run Terminal in Suburban Seattle Could Be the Future of U.S. Airports

Privately Run Terminal in Suburban Seattle Could Be the Future of U.S. Airports

Ahmed Namatalla, Associated Press

Is the U.S. ready to embrace a model that is already in widespread use throughout Europe? If the private company developing a passenger terminal in the Seattle suburbs is successful — a big if since this will be its first airport project — others will likely follow suit.

4 months ago

Airports Are Using ‘Smart Glass’ to Get Travelers to Spend More on Food and Drinks

Airports Are Using ‘Smart Glass’ to Get Travelers to Spend More on Food and Drinks

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

If smart glass can make New York's LaGuardia Airport less depressing, we're all for that miracle, and might just order one more round.

4 months ago

Investment Fund Mulls Selling Stake in London’s Gatwick Airport

Investment Fund Mulls Selling Stake in London’s Gatwick Airport

Scott Deveau, Aaron Kirchfeld, and Dinesh Nair, Bloomberg

Competition in the London airport market is heating up, and that may be enough of an exit strategy for a major investment fund that holds nearly half of Gatwick Airport. That GIP is contemplating putting its 42 percent stake up for sale may complicate Gatwick's request with the British government to add another runway.

4 months ago