North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) is to get a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, thanks to a major investment of US$40.9 million from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Located in Greensboro, the airport is North Carolina’s third busiest airport and has a catchment of more than 4.5 million people living within a 90-minute drive.
GSO’s new 180-foot-tall tower will replace the existing 90-foot-tall tower that has been in operation since 1974. Construction is due to begin in early 2019 and the FAA expects to commission the facility in early 2022.
The tower will accommodate up to eight positions for air traffic controllers in a 550-square foot tower cab. A 16,650 square-foot base building will house administrative offices and a training classroom. It will also anchor the tower, which will house the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) with up to 10 radar positions for air traffic controllers. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art automation and communications systems allowing air traffic controllers to manage flights safely and efficiently at the North Carolina transportation hub.
Archer Western Construction, LLC has been awarded the construction contract by the FAA to construct the new tower.
England’s third largest regional airport, Bristol Airport, has launched a campaign focused on its appeal for passengers across the South West and South Wales.
The ‘Even Better from Bristol’ campaign showcases the diverse range of passengers who can now find a destination to suit their needs and tastes from the airport’s network of 126 direct flights.
To complement its biggest ever programme of flights and holidays from airline and tour operator partners, the airport is forecasting more than 3.5 million passengers to pass through the terminal between the beginning of November and the end of march, making 2018/19 a record winter.
“Passengers will also see our continued investment in the terminal, with some exciting changes to the range of food and drink on offer from January,” said Nigel Scott, business development director at Bristol Airport.
The increase in winter travel is being credited to the introduction of more year-round routes by airlines including easyJet and Ryanair. Destinations now served continuously include Catania, Naples, Limoges, Knock, Valencia and Nice.
A resurgence in the popularity of Egypt and Tunisia as winter escapes has resulted in more flights from Bristol to both countries in the coming months, while winter sports enthusiasts can take advantage of a new service to Andorra.
In anticipation of continued growth at the airport over the next couple of decades, Bristol is currently preparing a new Master Plan, which will set out potential developments required to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum from the existing runway by the mid-2040s.
Germany’s Munich Airport has unveiled a pilot project to test a food app: “Too Good to Go.” Allresto, the Munich Airport subsidiary responsible for most of the airport’s food and beverage operations launched the app with the aim of avoiding food waste and saving money.
The digital platform allows airport visitors, passengers and employees to order surplus food prepared by airport food and beverage establishments at reduced prices for pick-up between 8 and 9.30 pm. The first restaurant to join the airport’s pilot scheme is Surf & Turf, although the airport hopes to expand the app to other restaurants and cafes.
Once logged in to the app, users are able to see a list of participating stores with offers in the airport, including prices. The app also processes orders and payments and provides a time window when the food is ready for collection.
The brainchild of a Danish start-up, the app is already up and running in nine countries, with more than 10,000 food service locations making the most of the option to minimise waste by selling food at reduced prices. Over 5 million users are also making the most of reducing waste.
Munich Airport has a diverse range of measures in place to ensure that it is avoiding unnecessary waste as one of its steps in achieving carbon neutral airport operations by 2030.
Cobalt, the Cypriot carrier, has suspended operations indefinitely. The airline informed the Cyprus Ministry of Transport on Wednesday 17 October that it would shut down all operations shortly after midnight.
A statement on the airline’s website read: “Cobalt regrets to announce that it will be cancelling all flights as of 23.50pm on October 17, 2018 due to indefinite suspension of Cobalt’s operations.
“As a result, future flights or services provided by Cobalt will be cancelled and will no longer operate.
“Passengers who have un-flown tickets are instructed not to go to Larnaca Airport or any departure airport tomorrow, 18 October 2018 as no Cobalt flights will operate and Cobalt staff will be present.”
The tens of thousands of passengers who have found themselves either stranded in their destination, or in possession of tickets that are now worthless have been advised to contact their travel agent or credit card provider for refunds.
Hermes Airports, which manages Larnaca Airport, stated that along with the Department of Civil Aviation, Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and other stakeholders it was hoping for a “smooth and best possible operation for the repatriation of stranded passengers.”
News of the airline’s collapse comes barely two years after it started operations in 2016. It was set up with the help of Chinese investors and operated on six leased Airbus aircraft flying from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester to Larnaca, its main hub, and from Gatwick to Athens. It also offered connections to Beirut and Tel Aviv, and served Frankfurt, Moscow and Paris.
The Cypriot carrier is the latest budget airline to run into difficulties. Primera Air went into administration at the start of October and airlines across Europe voicing that they are feeling the pressure of weak demand and the rising price of oil.