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Gatwick plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use
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Gatwick announces plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use - to secure its long-term growth, 18,400 new jobs and a boost to the local economy Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on the 9th September 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway. The scheme will help secure the airports long-term growth, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region. While passenger numbers currently remain low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatwick...
Fraport Inaugurates New Passenger Terminal in Ljubljana
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Fraport Inaugurates New Passenger Terminal in Ljubljana On June 16, Fraport Slovenija – a Fraport AG company – officially inaugurated its new passenger terminal at Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia. Fraport invested some €21 million in the ultra-modern terminal which strategically positions Ljubljana Airport to meet the future requirements of travel and tourism. After about a two-year construction period, the new terminal will be open to passenger traffic beginning July 1. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Fraport AG’s executive board member Dr. Pierre Dominique Prümm stressed: “We are...
Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application
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Southampton Airport welcomes approval of planning application Responding to the positive decision from Eastleigh Borough Council to approve the planning application for the extension of Southampton Airport’s runway, Operations Director, Steve Szalay, said: “This is the news we have been hoping for and working so hard to achieve. By listening to the overwhelming public and business support, as well as the planning officer’s recommendation to approve, the councillors have safeguarded the future of the airport. The decision also ensures we are well placed to provide employment and support...
Worldwide Airport Expansion...?
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Worldwide Airport Expansion There has been huge hype over the last year regarding airport "expansion" in the UK. Environmentalists claim airport expansion will make it impossible to reduce co2 they claim is causing climate change. Expansion in the UK is relatively small in comparison with that seen in the rest of the world. China is currently building new airports at a rate of 8 each year with a total of 74 new airport reportedly opened by the end of 2020. The building continues and Chengdu Tianfu airport due to open later this year is expected to handle in the region of 40 million...
Secretary of States throws LBA replacement terminal plans into the long grass
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Secretary of States throws LBA terminal plans into the long grass The UK Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP has thrown plans to replace Leeds Bradford Airports terminal into the long grass. Supporters of the airport see this as a divisive decision which will further impede the region's economic recovery from the Covid pandemic. The government has clearly bowed down to pressure from environmental groups to stall Leeds Bradford Airport's plans, which could have kick-started the economic recovery in West Yorkshire. Levelling up the North-South divide in terms of the economic stimulus...

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Southampton Airport's runway extension debate goes on
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The debate on plans to lengthen Southampton Airport's runway is set to continue into a second day after 14 hours of deliberations. Eastleigh councillors adjourned their meeting on whether to approve an extension of 164m (538ft) at midnight on Thursday. Airport bosses said it was "vital" for the site's future but campaigners and some local authorities have raised major objections. The meeting will resume at 18:00 GMT. Dozens of people including residents, councillors, businesses and representative of Southampton Airport aired their views on the scheme during the virtual meeting of the...
Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building receives full planning approval subject to conditions
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Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building receives full planning approval subject to conditions. The LBA Support Group welcomes the councils decision to approve the new replacement terminal for Leeds Bradford Airport. The project will deliver a huge economic boost to the Leeds City Region and the whole of Yorkshire and will secure many jobs already benefiting from the airport. The new terminal will meet all the latest environmental standards required including being BREEAM excellence rated as we move towards a carbon neutral future. Spokesperson for the LBA Support...
Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive
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Leeds/Bradford Airport New Terminal - Accentuating The Positive The Leeds Bradford Airport Support Group has issued this open letter regarding the above captioned subject. Views shared by many others, including those 1300 or so who lodged letters of support with the council, the 1600 who signed the LBA Support Group petition and the 75% of readers in the recent Wharfedale Observer poll who voted in favour (over 500 readers voted). These are significant figures. This is actually a very complex issue. The Chief Planning Officers Report is a clear, concise and thoroughly researched...
CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal
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CBI backs Bristol Airport's expansion appeal One of the UK’s biggest business organisations, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has said it will support Bristol Airport’s expansion appeal. Ben Rhodes, CBI South West deputy director said: “Bristol Airport is one of the key drivers of prosperity for North Somerset, Bristol, and the South West, supporting nearly 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributing around £1.7bn to the regional economy,” “The increased connectivity which Bristol Airport’s expansion would deliver can be an important part of a South West economic...
Replacement Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford
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Replacement BREEAM Standard Terminal Approved For Leeds Bradford After 9 hours of deliberations and more than 100 pages of planning details later, Leeds City Council's Plans Panel committee members have this evening voted 9 to 5 in favour to approve “with considerations" Leeds-Bradford Airport's NEW £150 million Terminal Building. We at the LBA Support Group are pleased to see a common sense outcome that support 100's of construction jobs at a time when they are needed the most. This project will create a better gateway to the Leeds City region and the whole of Yorkshire. The Investment...

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LBA Support Group Response To Leeds Planning Recommendation
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LBA Support Group Response To Leeds Planning Recommendation We're really pleased Leeds City Council Planning Officers are recommending approval for the airports new replacement terminal building. The current terminal is totally inadequate and cannot meet today's standards. The plans submitted offer a sustainable replacement terminal building that isn't any larger than what has already been approved. The new terminal building will be environmentally sound from a building perspective. We also agree with section 106 recommendations for the implementation of improved public transport to...
Malta International Airport launches Apron X investment with call for tenders
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Malta International Airport launches Apron X investment with call for tenders Malta International Airport Launches Apron X Investment With a Call for Tenders Malta International Airport today officially set the ball rolling in relation to its multi-million investment in a new apron – Apron X – with the publication of a call for tenders for the development of a new aircraft parking area and supporting facilities. Strategically positioned between Apron 8 and Apron 9, Apron X and supporting facilities will be developed over an area covering approximately 100,000 square metres. This...
Heathrow's response to findings of Judicial Review
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Heathrow's response to findings of Judicial Review A Heathrow Spokesperson said: “This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality. Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every nation and region of our country. Demand for aviation will recover from Covid, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany...
Major Public Transport Operators Welcome Bristol Airport’s Public Transport Interchange Development
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Major Public Transport Operators Welcome Bristol Airport’s Public Transport Interchange Development Bristol Airport has announced plans to bring forward the construction of a new multi-million-pound Public Transport Interchange (PTI) facility. The PTI will deliver substantial improvements for passengers and staff who utilise public transport with increased capacity and new facilities, enhancing their experience at the point they interchange at the airport site. The submission to North Somerset Council, also includes associated development. All of the proposed development is located in...
Melbourne Airport Welcomes Rail Link Announcement
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Melbourne Airport Welcomes Rail Link Announcement Melbourne Airport welcomes today's announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. Melbourne Airport Chief Executive, Lyell Strambi said: "An airport rail link for Melbourne is over 50 years in the making. “We are excited that the Commonwealth and Victorian governments have come together to make this project a reality. Of course, this is just the first step and there remains a lot of detail to work through." “Naturally we are disappointed that the Market Led Proposal...

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Bristol Airport announces plans for substantial improvement in public transport & customer experience
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Bristol Airport announces plans for substantial improvement in public transport & customer experience Bristol Airport has announced plans to bring forward the construction of a new multi-million-pound Public Transport Interchange (PTI) facility. The PTI will deliver substantial improvements for passengers and staff who utilise public transport with increased capacity and new facilities, enhancing their experience at the point they interchange at the airport site. The submission to North Somerset Council, also includes associated development. All of the proposed development is located in...
Landmark bridge links Wythenshawe with Manchester Airport site
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Landmark bridge links Wythenshawe with Manchester Airport site 52 metre, 380 tonne bridge installed linking local people by foot or bicycle to airport £6m bridge delivered as part of Airport City Manchester scheme, which will create 15,000 jobs The installation of the bridge is welcomed by local MP and council Time lapse, drone and aerial footage available alongside imagery – links below A giant foot and cycle bridge linking Wythenshawe to the Manchester Airport campus was installed this weekend. The 380-tonne structure spans the M56 spur airport approach road and its installation marks...
Time To Modernise LBA
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Time To Modernise LBA Passengers at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) have suffered a poor experience for too long and it is time to bring it into the 21st century and modernise, say airport bosses. LBA’s plans for a replacement terminal, submitted to Leeds City Council in May, propose the construction of a modern, three floor, 34,000 sq. mt. building on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary. If approved, the new state-of-the-art terminal building, designed by leading architects, would deliver a passenger experience beyond what is achievable in the existing terminal, built in...
LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application
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LBA Support Group – Statement on Leeds/Bradford Airport's Planning Application The proposed plans for a new terminal for Leeds Bradford Airport make absolute economic sense. The areas surrounding the airport will benefit from the construction of a new terminal at a time when jobs are at significant risk due to the impact of Covid-19, providing an immediate boost to the local economy. LBA serves two of the largest cities in the UK, (Leeds being the UKs 3rd largest city by population) and the majority of the wider Yorkshire region, yet it lags behind in 15th place by passenger throughput...
Leeds Bradford Airport Submits Proposal For Efficient And Sustainable Replacement Terminal
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Leeds Bradford Airport Submits Proposal For Efficient And Sustainable Replacement Terminal Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has submitted its planning application to build a new, state-of-the-art replacement terminal to Leeds City Council. The proposal aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, and support the region’s economic prosperity. The plans, first announced in January this year, replace a previously consented scheme and LBA’s existing terminal building with a more efficient and sustainable...

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Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project
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Malta International Airport kicks off terminal expansion project The project will deliver a 5-star airport to the Maltese islands through several improvements The Terminal Expansion project will double building’s current footprint Traffic through MLA is forecast to increase by 2–3% to reach 7.5 million passenger movements in 2020 Malta International Airport today unveiled the company’s long-term vision for the airport, revealing details of an investment of circa €100 million in a terminal expansion. Addressing a press conference earlier today, Malta International Airport Chief...
Doncaster Sheffield Airport Reveals £10M Development Plans
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Reveals £10M Development Plans and meets with Government to discuss unlocking 33,000 jobs in the North Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) welcomed the UK Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard, MP today (Thursday 30th January) as it revealed a £10M redevelopment plan for the for terminal as part of its continued commitment to provide an easy, friendly and relaxed service to its customers. The £10m terminal investment programme for Yorkshire’s award-winning airport includes a number of improvements and new facilities based on passenger feedback, such as an expansion...
London Stansted CEO's speech to Uttlesford District Council Planning Committee
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London Stansted CEO's speech to Uttlesford District Council Planning Committee Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, delivered a speech at a meeting of Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee today (Jan 24), at which members are considering the airport’s application to serve more passengers. Members have been asked to consider whether the £35m package of support for local communities accompanying the application is fit for purpose, and whether there has been any material change in circumstances since the application was initially approved by councillors in November...
Aviation Minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension
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Aviation \minister Officially Marks The Start Of Birmingham Airport's £30m Departure Lounge Extension The start of construction on Birmingham Airport’s £30m departure lounge extension was officially marked by Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP, today (23rd Jan) Joined by airport CEO, Nick Barton, and newly elected MP for Meriden, Saqib Bhatti, the Aviation Minister helped to break the ground where Birmingham Airport’s biggest terminal investment in ten years gets underway. The project will provide a modern two-story extension with outdoor terrace area, growing the space by 45 per cent...
LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building
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LBA plans more efficient and sustainable terminal building Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dra- matically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport build- ings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North. These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the existing terminal building, with a more efficient and sustainable development. The plans propose the construction of a...

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Heathrow confirms planning application in 2020 alongside new delivery timetable and public consultation
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Heathrow confirms planning application in 2020 alongside new delivery timetable and public consultation Heathrow outlines timeline for submission of expansion planning application towards the end of 2020 The airport announces it will hold further public consultation to finalise airport expansion proposals following the recent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decision to cap early spending An eight-week consultation will run from April through to June Heathrow has announced it will launch an eight-week public consultation to finalise its proposals for airport expansion following the recent...
Manchester Airport completes major airfield re-designation
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Airfield re-designation This month Manchester Airport completed its first major airfield re-designation scheme in nearly two decades. To support the shift in its operations, the airport is currently building a dual taxiway system to improve access from its runways to the terminal. The new taxiways will allow two Code E aircraft to pass each other which will improve the efficiency of the operation. To prepare for the introduction of these new parallel taxiways, christened Echo and Delta, – in 2020, changes have been made to a number of the airfield designators. A team of around 30 from...
Leeds: Council Scraps Airport Link Road Proposals
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Leeds: Council Scraps Airport Link Road Proposals Traffic queuing on the A65 in Yeadon today Airport Support Members Dismayed After years of debate and public consultations Leeds City Council has abandoned plans for a £100m link road to Leeds Bradford Airport. The original plans showed three different options, two were direct links to the airport from the A65 at Horsforth, one was to upgrade the existing road network surrounding the airport. The news has come as a great shock to those who for years have demanded action to improve access to the airport. Leeds City Council says it...
Manchester Airport reveals progress made on £1bn transformation programme
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Manchester Airport reveals progress made on £1bn transformation programme Manchester Airport today revealed the progress made on its £1bn transformation, with several months to go until it opens its new “super terminal.” The UK’s third largest airport also released new images and a video to showcase what passengers using the new facilities can expect, when they start using the new terminal from next summer. New features unveiled include a honeycomb light installation that proudly illuminates the departure lounge. With 16 million settings, it will change colours depending on the time of...
Stansted: £59 million baggage system upgrade takes shape
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£59 million baggage system upgrade progresses at pace as Stansted Transformation Project celebrates two-year milestone As London Stansted marks two years since the start of its multi-million-pound transformation project, one of its most complex and important projects is progressing at pace behind the scenes. Stansted is investing £59 million in a brand-new baggage delivery system, updating the huge network of conveyor belts, lifts and chutes underneath the main terminal which transports up to 30,000 bags every day. The work is designed to coincide with the improvements to the airport’s...

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