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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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Manchester Airport's PremiAir opens its doors to the cameras
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Manchester Airport's PremiAir opens its doors to the cameras New pictures released showing what passengers can expect from Manchester Airport’s private terminal PremiAir now welcoming passengers travelling with 23 airlines from Manchester Prices start from £50 per person MAG has today released pictures of the new PremiAir terminal at Manchester Airport. The new facility, which is now open and welcoming passengers travelling with 23 airlines from the North’s global gateway, has been immaculately finished. The pictures show design-led modernist lounges offering passengers an ultimate and...
Heathrow unveils the cutting-edge tracking tech to link network of expansion hubs
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Heathrow unveils the cutting-edge tracking tech to link network of expansion hubs Heathrow reveals state-of-the-art centralised tracking system which will become expansion’s nerve-centre, connecting the network of offsite construction hubs, across the UK Technology will track millions of component parts that will make up the expanded airport in real-time, enabling the final four Logistics Hubs to work in unison throughout construction Siemens Digital Logistics pitched idea as part of the Heathrow Innovation Partners process - a search for partners to help deliver the expanded airport...
Heathrow airport’s public consultation closes
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Local support for Heathrow expansion remains strong as airport’s largest ever public consultation closes New polling shows local support for expansion remains strong as statutory consultation for expanding the UK’s only hub airport comes to a close. In 16 of the 18 Parliamentary constituencies around Heathrow, more local residents support expansion than oppose it Expansion has the potential to end youth unemployment in communities closest to Heathrow, by generating tens of thousands of new local jobs and apprenticeships Local residents, MPs, councillors, community groups and members of...
KLM UK Engineering agree £7m hangar deal at Norwich Airport
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Norwich Airport and KLM UK Engineering agree £7m hangar deal The airport will invest £7 million in a new hangar and workshop facilities for KLM UK Engineering at the airport to meet increased industry demand for aircraft maintenance. The project will be managed by Rigby Real Estate (RRE), the property division of airport owners, Rigby Group. It will see the construction of a 54,000 sq ft hangar and 15,500 sq ft workshop that will be completed by August 2020. The deal provides KLM UK Engineering with significant additional new capacity providing high quality aircraft maintenance and...
Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway
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Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway Gatwick confirms its intent to start preparing a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) The airport will follow the planning process to prepare a Development Consent Order (DCO) Documents will be made publicly available on the PINS website Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use by submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent. This action establishes...

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New five-year investment plan takes off at Gatwick
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New five-year investment plan takes off at Gatwick £1.11 billion investment puts passengers at the heart of Gatwick’s future plans - innovation and technology to play even greater role in journeys Plans backed by new owners, VINCI Airports and Global Infrastructure Partners, as Gatwick continues focus on balanced and sustainable growth opportunities Investment in operational performance to improve resilience and create future capacity Gatwick is today publishing its new five-year Capital Investment Programme (CIP) which highlights more investment in automation and technology as an...
Strong support for Gatwick’s master plan
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Strong support for Gatwick’s master plan as airport confirms way forward for sustainable development Two-thirds of respondents to public consultation support Gatwick’s intention to build capacity by making best use of existing runways Airport will now prepare a planning application to bring the standby runway into routine use, including a further public consultation Gatwick has today published its final master plan and a report on its 12-week public consultation, which concluded earlier this year. This consultation showed strong support for airport development with two thirds of...
London Stansted opens new check-in area as part of ongoing transformation project
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London Stansted opens new check-in area as part of ongoing transformation project Passengers using London Stansted this summer will benefit from a new and improved check-in area thanks to the completion of the latest terminal upgrade as part of the airport’s ongoing transformation project. Eight new check-in desks opened at 5am on July 11 with passengers travelling with TUI to Heraklion in Crete the first to use them. “ The new check-in area looks fantastic, and received a big thumbs up from the passengers who used them for the first time on Thursday. The desks are in a ‘shoreline’...
£150m pledged to deliver vital upgrades at Gatwick Airport station
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£150m pledged to deliver vital upgrades at Gatwick Airport station Government announces £150 million investment to upgrade Gatwick Airport train station Holidaymakers and commuters to benefit from a larger concourse, five new lifts and eight new escalators Improvements set to reduce train delays and provide easier connections across the south east Tens of millions of rail passengers travelling to and from Gatwick Airport will benefit from improved accessibility and swifter journeys, after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £150 million scheme to upgrade the station. The...
London Stansted’s first multi-storey car park opens for business
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London Stansted’s first multi-storey car park opens for business London Stansted has officially opened its first multi-storey car park, the latest phase in its transformation project. The 2,700 space, six-storey car park is located within a short walking distance of the terminal and boosts the number of short-stay car parking spaces available at the airport to more than 7,000. We’re investing millions to improve facilities at London Stansted and the opening of our new multi-storey car park is another stepping stone on the road to transforming the experience for the millions of...

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Heathrow reveals masterplan for expansion with launch of its largest consultation
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Heathrow reveals masterplan for expansion with launch of its largest consultation Heathrow today unveils its preferred masterplan for expansion Details of tough new measures to reduce emissions revealed, as well as our preferred plans for noise respite and proposed ban on scheduled night flights This statutory consultation is the next major milestone for the expansion proposals, and Heathrow’s most innovative and largest consultation to date It follows Heathrow’s Airspace and Future Operations Consultation held earlier this year and will inform the airport’s Development Consent Order...
Launch day set for statutory consultation on Heathrow expansion
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Launch day set for statutory consultation on Heathrow expansion Heathrow’s statutory consultation on its expansion plans will commence the 18th of June and end on the 13th of September New CGI imagery released to show what an expanded Heathrow could look like June consultation follows an extensive period of non-statutory consultation and engagement Heathrow has announced that its statutory 12 and a half-week consultation on its expansion plans will launch on the 18th of June. This step is the latest delivery milestone for the critical national infrastructure project, and the responses...
New investment to improve passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport
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Aviation Minister welcomes new investment to improve passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport Major progress has been made on a project to improve the passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport, the Aviation Minister saw first-hand on a visit on Monday 8 April. At Leeds Bradford Airport, Aviation Minister Liz Sugg saw construction begin on a major extension to the main airport terminal building, the airport’s biggest investment to date. The extension will significantly improve travel experiences for passengers, including larger immigration and baggage reclaim areas, better...
Atkins appointed as lead designer and project manager for Birmingham Airport terminal transformation
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Atkins appointed as lead designer and project manager for Birmingham Airport terminal transformation March 2019, Cannes, France – Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to a series of contracts at Birmingham Airport to manage the upgrade and extension of the airport terminals, and to oversee the airfield reconfiguration, as part the airport’s Master Plan to provide a sustainable future for air transport in the Midlands. The announcement, made at the MIPIM* conference in Cannes, today (Wednesday 13th), outlines how, over the next five years, Atkins will assist...
Manchester Airport Private Terminal
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Manchester Airport to launch private terminal, offering “Private Jet experience” on commercial airlines Manchester Airport today revealed plans to be the first major UK airport to open a private terminal, which offers passengers a “private jet experience” while flying on commercial airlines. The airport is today releasing preview designs of the new terminal, which will be called PremiAir. The PremiAir experience will be available to purchase for passengers irrespective of class of travel or the destination they are flying to – and prices start at £50. There will be a number of different...

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The King of Spain officially opens Murcia Covera Airport
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The King of Spain attended the official opening of Murcia Covera airport today arriving by air. The first two scheduled flights to arrive at the airport were from East Midlands and Bristol Airports in the UK. Once fully operational the airport will be able to accommodate 140 landings and take-offs throughout the day. Initial forecasts suggest the new airport may exceed 8,600 flights and reach 1.2 million passengers, during the first year equalling the figure achieved by San Javier. The new airport at Corvera has capacity for five million passengers however the airport has been designed...
London City shows off it's striking £500m transformation project
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New concept images depict what the inside of the new airport will look like in 2022, once its £500 million development is complete London City Airport has released concept images depicting the interior of its 51,000m² new terminal. The images show how the customer experience at London’s most central airport will be completely transformed, once its £500m development is complete in 2022. The new terminal design will reflect 21st century London, supported by new shops, restaurants, bars and experiences which are synonymous with the capital, showcasing the best of the city to the airport’s...
Gatwick Masterplan in final week of consultation
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One week left for local residents and businesses to make their views known on Gatwick’s growth plans Twelve week public consultation on draft master plan closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019 Gatwick’s plans will provide new opportunities for the South East and bolster the local economy for future generations Plan includes bringing the airport’s existing standby runway into routine use for the first time Gatwick is reminding local residents and businesses that they have just one week left to respond to the twelve week public consultation on its growth plans, which include - for the first...
Development plans to deliver next chapter in Bristol Airport’s success story
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Development plans to deliver next chapter in Bristol Airport’s success story Bristol Airport has submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council seeking permission to increase capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s. Passenger numbers are expected to pass the nine million mark for the first-time next year. The proposed development includes new infrastructure, improvements to existing facilities, and operational changes to ensure the airport can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the South West of the UK well into the next...
Government urged to prioritise infrastructure spending
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The Government should champion investment in regional infrastructure to support economic growth and help eradicate the north-south divide, according to a new report published today. The 32-page report, ‘Investing in the Future’ by the economic consultancy, Metro Dynamics, concludes that the Government should work more closely with regional and city leaders to ensure that economic ambitions of all regions of England are reflected in national priorities. In a series of recommendations, the report says that the Government should explicitly promote the Shared Prosperity Fund for regional...

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Birmingham Airport Master Plan 2018
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Birmingham Airport to invest £500 million to grow passengers to 18 million by 2033 The draft Master Plan outlines ambitious plans to grow by 40% to 18 million passengers per year by 2033. Birmingham Airport is opening its plans to the public from today with an extensive consultation that will run to the end of January to seek views from local communities and stakeholders The Plan reaffirms the Airport’s commitment to serve the region and its communities, increasing its contribution to the local economy from £1.5 billion to a forecast £2.1 billion a year and 34,000 jobs in 2033. An...
Bristol unveils new administrative buidling plans
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R&M Williams secures Bristol Airport development of new Administration Building R&M Williams is to partner with the project team at Bristol Airport to develop the site’s new Administration Building. This will be the second Bristol Airport development for R&M Williams this year, having recently provided framework for the airport’s new £4.3million fire station, which is nearing completion. Darryn Parry, managing director of R&M Williams, said: “We are delighted that Bristol Airport has awarded R&M Williams this second major contract in 12 months. We have mobilised quickly to be on site...
Britain gets ready to build the 3rd runway
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Following first stage of innovation partner process, airport announces list of successful final bids 37 companies invited to pitch their ideas on how to deliver expansion Over 150 ideas submitted looking at sustainability, retail and operational solutions The most recent milestone as Heathrow airport gets on with the delivery of its third runway, following overwhelming support in Parliament Heathrow has announced the longlist of 37 companies progressing to the next round in its search for expansion Innovation Partners. Successful entrants will now have eight weeks to bring to life...
New Arrivals Terminal For LBA
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Plans revealed for new state of the art terminal extension Leeds Bradford Airport is delighted to announce the next phase of its redevelopment plan. The region’s biggest airport is planning a multi-million pound, three-storey extension to its terminal building, that once complete, will house a transformed international arrivals process, including immigration, baggage reclaim and customs. The extension will also accommodate new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food & beverage outlets. Once the new building is completed – scheduled for the end of 2019 - works will...
Striking New Arrivals Terminal For Stansted
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Stansted unveils striking new images of Arrivals Terminal Striking new images of how London Stansted’s planned new Arrivals Terminal will look when it opens in 2020 have been unveiled. The artist’s impressions include aerial views of the terminal entrance and plaza style forecourt as well as pictures inside of the spacious immigration and baggage reclaim areas. The updated CGIs are the latest concepts by architects Pascall+Watson who were selected as designers of the £130m Terminal in March 2018. "The Arrivals Terminal is the centrepiece project of our £600 million transformation...

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