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Airport Industry News: August 2013

Aug 13, 2013

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Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

This information is provided by Momberger Airport Information as part of its partnership with Brainseed Global. Read about the partnership here.


The U.K.’s NATS recently completed a high-quality audit training programme for six Libyan auditors from the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The programme was part of NATS’ long term commitment to Libya and the development of the country’s aviation industry. It also demonstrated the continuing support of U.K. organizations towards the development of the new Libya. As part of its commitment, NATS has been working on designing a bespoke training course tailored specifically to Libya’s needs which complies with ICAO’s and other internationally recognized standards and principles.
As part of the programme, the delegates acquired a comprehensive understanding of the ISO 9001:2008 requirements for professional auditing, and the compatible auditing techniques. They also learnt how to plan, perform and report on an audit and how to take corrective action. The second half of the course focused on specific ANSP audits including auditing for a business environment, auditing management system documentation and auditing safety – “how do we know we’re safe”.


Ground Handling News

Dnata has opened a new state-of-the-art perishable cargo handling centre at its airfreight facility at Changi Airport, Singapore. The facility was formally opened with an event hosted by Dnata President, Gary Chapman, and other senior members of the management team from Dubai, together with management and staff based in Singapore. Representing an investment of more than SGD 4 million, the new centre is capable of processing 75 000 t of perishables annually. It enables Dnata’s cargo team to offer an uncompromised chilled and frozen storage and cool chain product to its airline customers at Changi Airport, catering to product categories including fresh fruit, meat and pharmaceuticals.

The new chilled cargo facility has been designed and built with flexibility and unique product handling requirements in mind, taking advantage of the latest cold storage technologies and designs. The cold storage areas in the centre are modular, to enable teams to manage changing handling demands with dedicated climate control capability. The new facility also enables Dnata to provide its customers at Changi with a one-stop audit trail of all consignments whilst being processed through the facility.

This new facility is part of an unprecedented SGD 30 million investment programme by Dnata over a two-year period in Singapore. 


Global Industry Analysts Inc. has released a new report on the airport airside services markets. ‘Airport Airside Services: A Global Strategic Business Report’ said that the global market for airport airside services was projected to reach USD 48.2 billion by 2018, driven by an increase in air passenger traffic, and the growing number of airlines in developing countries.

The research report provides a comprehensive review of market trends, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections for airport airside services for all major geographic markets including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Service segments analyzed include Ramp Handling and Others. For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit


The Macau International Airport Co. Ltd (CAM) will terminate current contractor Menzies’ concession in ground services, aircraft maintenance, as well as cargo and mail handling services. By doing this, they hope to attract other service providers, encourage competition and improve service standards. However, Menzies will likely continue with its operations, as CAM also warned against unreasonable expectations of the market opening due to Macau’s limited market size.
At a recent press conference held in CAM’s office next to the airport Chui Guang, Senior Assistant to the President of CAM’s Executive Committee, said that because Menzies’ concession contract was expiring at the end of 2013, it was the right time to push for a market opening. “There won’t be any exclusive contracts after the end of the concession this year,” Chui said. A similar market opening will also take place in March 2014 when NKoil’s sub-concession contract with the airport ends. CAM will also introduce competition into to the aviation fuel market in order to improve the airport’s competitiveness. 

Airport Security

New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) will start an operational trial of Morpho’s SmartGate Plus passenger processing system at Auckland International Airport. Based on biometric technology, Morpho’s automated border control solution will be tested during an operational trial involving over 2000 passengers per week. Morpho Australasia Managing Director, Bruno Pattyn, said that the SmartGate Plus was developed in a collaborative approach with New Zealand customs for deployment in border control situations. “This new technology has the capability to further simplify and speed up border processing in order to meet ever-evolving border challenges across the region,” Pattyn said.

The facial recognition technology incorporated in the system allows the comparison of facial images of the passengers with the information integrated in the e-passport’s chip. Eliminating the kiosk and ticket part of the existing processing system, SmartGate Plus will accelerate passenger processing with a one-step process via e-gates. According to Morpho, the solution also allows future integration of other biometric capabilities including fingerprint and iris recognition.



The Angolan Government, through the Ministry of Transport, is purchasing equipment to ensure more safety at the country’s airports, according to the CEO of the National Company for Airports and Air Navigation (ENANA). Manuel Ferreira de Ceitas said that a study was in progress toward an “urgent acquisition of means in order to ensure more safety at the majority of Angola’s airports”. According to him, the programme entails the purchase of technological equipment for the interior of the terminal, security services and support to the air navigation, in addition to the upgrading and modernization programme of airports. As for the current state of security at the country’s airports, Ceitas explained that the situation was “improving” and that the government expected to update “certain equipment”.


Sustainable Aviation

Metron Aviation has secured a contract by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to study the most cost-effective means to reduce aviation emissions in the Asia Pacific region. Metron will work closely with APEC, AEROTHAI Thailand and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia to estimate the benefits of optimizing traffic flow points of congestion. The study’s main objective is to reduce fuel consumption by determining Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) procedures that optimise traffic capacity within infrastructure constraints, reduce airborne delays and balance demand to available capacity at airports and airspace. Most APEC economies are experiencing air traffic growth that exceeds the capacity of their major airports and key airspace. The capacity overloading results in airborne traffic delays, unnecessary reroutes and excess fuel consumption. The reduction of greenhouse gases is a global problem and this project provides an opportunity to improve energy efficiency by taking advantage of air traffic management techniques. “APEC has taken a strong position regarding airspace optimization and emissions reduction in the Asia Pacific region,” said Jim Gaughan, CEO of Metron Aviation. “Their region’s air traffic growth is one of the fastest in the world, and they are taking measures to ensure capacity meets the rising demand, while actively considering environmental concerns. We fully support APEC’s endeavours and are honoured to work with all stakeholders to recommend and implement CDM procedures that enhance capacity and reduce emissions.”



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