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  • Toulouse Airport in symbiosis with China

    The French Ministers of Finance and Economy finally made a decision on 4th December. A major share of the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (ATB) management company owned, up to now, by the French State will be transferred to Symbiose, a Chinese-led consortium. In the end it was the 308 million Euros offered by them that finally clinched the deal.
     

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  • Toulouse airport: the die is not yet cast

    In south west France there are no more than three entities vying to acquire 49.9% of the state shares in ATB, the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport management company: Vinci Airports, Aéroports de Paris and SNC-Lavalin associated with Chinese investors. The French Minister of Finance has still not decided. But some voices are against the Sino-Canadian offer.
     

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  • French airports privatization is launched

    All interested parties, such as Vinci Airports, the French Deposits and Consignments Fund, SNC-Lavalin, ADP (Paris Airports), have until noon on 31st October, as the dead line for submission of applications to acquire certain state shares in the Toulouse Blagnac Airport management company (south west France). But what are the motivations behind this state divestment ?
     

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  • Southampton Airport's laser scarecrow

    At around 60 miles south of London, Southampton Airport is a pioneer of wildlife hazard prevention in Britain. Exit the electro-acoustic devices, long-range rockets or even pellet guns to fight against bird problems at the airport.
     

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  • Montreal opens its first Water Airport

    Situated right next to these roller coasters of the amusement park and the Jacques-Cartier bridge in downtown Montreal, the province of Quebec now has its first seaplane-dedicated Water Airport called, in english, Montreal / Saint Helen's Island, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, since May, this year.
     

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  • Sao Paulo airport without A380 for World Cup

    It's a question of a spanner in the works, or rather stones ! ANAC, the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency has just prohibited landings of the A380 at Guarulhos airport in Sao Paulo ! During a site inspection on February 5, agency technicians found that the airport had not...
     

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  • Montreal Airport’s “High Tech” baggage sorting system

    At Montreal airport in Canada, it is the passengers themselves who register their luggage through a unique system which ensures traceability and saves time for customs officials. For the moment these luggage deposit points are only available on flights to the USA.
     

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  • Come aboard Google’s “Street View: Airports"…

    For some, taking an airplane when you’re not used to it can quickly become a real nightmare, especially when you do not know the airport. To be able to visit it before, virtually, and see what the terminal looks like inside and out, would be a real help; so Google had an idea…
     

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  • Check in your own luggage with Scan&Fly !

    Developed by five Dutch aeronautical engineers, this automatic terminal called "Scan&Fly", enables the automatic check-in of your luggage in 60 seconds flat ! WATCH THE VIDEO
     

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  • From rest rooms to sleeping pods at airports !

    It’s not easy in an airport to find a comfortable resting place while waiting for your flight. Last year with this in mind, Short Rest Solution Ltd., an innovative Finnish company, invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the design of a cosy little nest for transit passengers: the UNI !
     

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  • Will Brazilian airports be ready for football World Cup ?

    Nine months away from the FIFA World Cup, and things are hotting up in every way in Brazil to be ready for the big day in São Paulo, the economic powerhouse of the country where everything is being done to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of tourists.
     

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  • The reconstruction of an airport runway

    This summer, the main runway of Toulouse Blagnac airport has been completely reconstructed. But what are the particularities of such a site? We followed them during 10 weeks of work...
     

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  • Sleeping cabins for airports

    Hotels of a new genre have emerged in the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States. Located at airports, small cabins allow connecting passengers to rest before their next flight. They are rented by the hour and are always full. Come take a look at Gatwick airport’s "Yotel".
     

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  • Robot guide to Geneva airport...

    Even though there is a slight resemblance, it’s not R2-D2 from "Star Wars”; but the trendy new guide at Geneva airport. A robot, that upon your arrival, takes you around according to your desires
     

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  • Saturated European airports by 2035...

    Eurocontrol, the organisation in charge of European air traffic management, recently carried out a study of future tendencies in the domain; the result of which indicates that twenty European airports may be saturated within the next 20 years. Why ? What are the consequences ? What are the solutions ?
     

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  • Asia's great leap forward

    With 88 million passengers in 2012, Atlanta airport in the United States is still the busiest in the world. But for how long? Beijing’s airport may well change things.
     

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  • Emirates A380 terminal operational

    Welcome to Dubai International Airport, the first airport in the world with an A380 dedicated terminal. With this new concourse, the airport will increase its capacity to 75 million passengers per year, as against the 60 million now.
     

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  • Charles de Gaulle airport has its GPS

    Charles de Gaulle airport has its GPS
     

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  • Nice airport is child's play

    Nice airport is child's play
     

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