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41% Rise of Private Ownership at Europe’s Airports, ACI-Europe Reports

    The Airports Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) has a released an updated 2016 Ownership report, revealing the dramatic rise of private investment in Europe’s airports since ACI-Europe last issued the report in 2010.

    The number of European airports with some share of private ownership has risen to 41% of European airports—205 in all—up from 22% in 2010.

    Nearly 39% of these (79 airports) are entirely privately owned, and 61% (126 airports) are variable percentage ’public-private’ ownerships.

    Larger airports, which handle close to 75% of Europe’s passenger traffic, have the most private shareholders.

    European Airports ‘Off to a Good Start’ in 2016, but Norway Aviation Tax a Concern

      Airports Council International—Europe (ACI-EUROPE) reports that European airports, on average, have started the year 6.3% ahead of 2015, but warns that the proposed aviation tax in Norway could hurt the economy.

      The average increase in passenger traffic was 6.9%

      16 airports in EU Member states had double digit growth. “This was the strongest monthly rate in almost two years,” the airports association states.

      Non-EU airports reported slower growth of 4.3%

      Ryanair Brought More New Passengers to CPH Than Any Other Airline in 2015

        The report compares the passenger growth contribution of major carriers serving Copenhagen Airport.

        European low-cost carriers flying to and from Kastrup contributed nearly 30% of passenger growth at the airport in 2015.

        Ryanair contributed growth in excess of 350,000 passengers from March to December 2015, during its first year of operations out of the airport.

        Copenhagen Airport Reports Continuing Record Growth

          Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has released its annual report for 2015, showing record passenger numbers and solid earnings for the year.

          The airport set a new passenger record for the fifth successive year in 2015, with more than 26.6 million passengers.

          CPH reports that international passenger growth was a primary driver for growth, with the introduction of new long-haul routes, strengthening its position as an international hub in Northern Europe and intensifying its competition with the major European airports.

          Schengen Must Remain in Tact, European Airports Tell EU Commission

            “For Europe’s airports, the removal of internal air border controls between the 26 Schengen States has played an essential role in the availability of efficient and affordable air services for European citizens,” the airport association states.
            “It has allowed intra-European air transport to become a commodity, as evidenced by the continued growth of air traffic. While just over 600 million passengers used Europe’s airports in 1990, an estimated 1,95 billion did so last year—with over 60% (1,2 billion) of them using one of the 443 airports located within the Schengen area.”

            SAS Announces Air Travel Experience Improvements at LAX Terminal

              As SAS prepares for the launch of its first flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 14, the airline announces recent improvements at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) which will make check-in and pre-departure more seamless and comfortable for customers.

              With recent improvements by the Star Alliance at TBIT passengers flying on member airlines, like SAS, will find a single check-in zone with new automated check-in kiosks available.

              DFW Airport Releases New Apple Watch App

                “More than 90% of DFW passengers are carrying smartphones and want information regarding their travel instantly,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport. “The DFW Mobile App and our new Apple Watch app allow us to provide customers real-time information tailored to their particular journey, and another example of how we are leveraging the use of technology to provide an overall customer experience that is warm welcoming and efficient.”

                The 4 Most Environmentally Friendly Airports in North America

                The five airports recognised have demonstrated industry leadership though their environmental and sustainability programmes.

                Each year, since 1997, ACI-NA has recognised airport members for their efforts to protect and preserve the environment through specific programs, initiatives, or projects.

                Airports can win one of four award categories.

                Environmental Management;
                Mitigation; Outreach/Education/Community Involvement; Innovative/Special Projects

                Emirates and Boeing Partner for Epic UAV Destination Filming Project

                Emirates and Boeing have partnered to sponsor ‘View from Above’ UAV aerial filming project which will span 18 destinations around the world.

                Emirates describes the ‘View from Above’ project as “one of the largest aerial filming projects ever conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).”

                Filming took place in 18 destinations on five continents, including Emirates’ hub in Dubai and Boeing’s home in Seattle.

                The airline has established a dedicated ‘View from Above’ microsite where visitors can spin the globe to view films taken at various locations.

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                Self-Service Technology is the Future of Air Travel in Brazil

                  Passengers in Brazil are embracing self-service check-in technology using their smart-phones, personal computers and airport kiosks, SITA reports.

                  • 80%  of passengers in Brazil said they liked using web check-in services
                  • 76% of passengers in Brazil said they like using self-service kiosks
                  • Only 65% said they liked checking-in at the desk

                  More than half of passengers surveyed still use check-in desks, higher than the global average of 43%, but SITA believes the trend is moving away from desks to digital.

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                  Schengen Free Transit Policy Meets Its End in Border of Denmark and Sweden

                  Sweden’s new photo ID document requirements for travellers trying to cross the border between Denmark and Sweden go into effect as of midnight tonight, marking a key turning point in Europe’s Schengen Zone agreements.

                  Starting Monday, Sweden will require all travellers wishing to cross its borders to present a valid passport or similar national photo ID. Minors under the age of 18, accompanied by an adult with a valid ID will not be subject to the checks.

                  For Second Year, Airlines Rate Copenhagen Airport as World’s Best for Route Development

                  Airlines from around the world voted Copenhagen Airport was awarded the world’s best airport to acquire new air routes at the World Routes aviation conference in Durban, marking the second time in three years that Copenhagen Airport receives the world’s best airport for route development rating.

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