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IN BRIEF


TEMPORARY BAGGAGE FACILITIES AT ABERDEEN The fi rst phase of Aberdeen International Airport’s £20 million terminal transformation project is underway. The redevelopment will see a 50% extension of the existing terminal – the biggest upgrade since it fi rst opened in 1977 – along with new equipment and facilities including domestic and international baggage reclaim areas. The fi rst stages of the plans will see temporary baggage reclaim facilities being opened, to allow construction of the new extension. The domestic baggage reclaim belt which currently resides to the right of the check-in desks in the terminal will be relocated to a temporary facility just outside the main terminal building in the lower forecourt. The international baggage reclaim belt will be moved along with the Immigration desks to a new temporary facility on stand 4.


BAGGAGE COURIER LANDS


VIRGIN CONTRACT THS Couriers has secured a nationwide contract with Virgin Atlantic expanding into the busy London airline market for the fi rst time. The company has its headquarters near Glasgow Airport and operates at 12 airports across the country. The contract is to provide a delayed baggage service at its four UK hubs – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow. The deal means that, for the fi rst time, the company will operate at London’s two main airports. Until now, the company has off ered baggage repatriation services for airlines in the north of England and Scotland.


MALTA AIRPORT HANDS OVER ICT TO SITA Malta International Airport has entered into a strategic partnership with SITA which means the company will take over its ICT operations. The partnership – which came into eff ect


from May 10, 2016 – will allow Malta International Airport to focus on strategic investment and innovation as SITA takes over the airport’s day-to-day ICT operations. The partnership will help improve ICT service levels and airport operations according to both parties. Malta International Airport welcomed 4.62 million passengers in 2015 and is expected to grow by more than 2% this year. The company has also unveiled an ambitious investment program which includes a €28m terminal expansion. Work on Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to commence later on this year.


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HEATHROW WOOS ITS FRIENDS IN THE NORTH


Heathrow has launched an ‘election- style’ expansion manifesto pledging to secure a stronger economy in the North West if it secures a third runway from the Government. The manifesto is built around fi ve new pledges to create jobs, connect businesses to global growth, improve domestic connections, be a better neighbour and secure a lasting legacy for future generations. It claims the North West will gain up to 15,000 new jobs and up to £12.5bn of economic growth if Government approves Heathrow expansion Heathrow Chairman Lord Paul Deighton launched the manifesto at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA). He said that expansion at Heathrow would mean the airport would meet tough environmental


and noise limits,enforced by new independent regulators. He also promised to improve connectivitywith Liverpool, with plans for a domestic air connection. He said: “If Heathrow falls behind, Britain falls behind. That means fewer jobs and less security for families in Liverpool. That is why we must have runway capacity that is fi t for the future and build it now. “Economic security, plans for a


domestic air connection, outward looking abroad but fair to our neighbours at home – that is the promise of our manifesto and this is why Heathrow is the right choice for the North West.” Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport said: “We urge the government to give the go ahead to this important expansion.”


NEW CEO FOR IATA


Samim Aydin, chairman of the airport services association has congratulated Alexandre de Juniac on his appointment as Director General and CEO of IATA. “On behalf of all of the ASA members, we give a heartfelt welcome to Alexandre de Juniac and extend our sincere outreach to collaborate with IATA to strengthen our commitment to a safe and secure aviation industry.” Mr de Juniac, Chairman and


CEO of Air FranceKLM, is to succeed retiring Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler. Accepting the assignment, de Juniac stated on the IATA website: “I am honored by the confi dence of my industry colleagues and mindful of the heavy responsibilities that the Director General and CEO bears.


Tony Tyler has done a great job at the helm of IATA and I am excited to succeed him. IATA has a critical role to play in supporting the success of the aviation industry’s leading advocacy, safeguarding the industry’s money, building the standards that underpin global connectivity and partnering with stakeholders and governments to drive important changes. I look forward to leading IATA as it supports safe, effi cient and sustainable global connectivity.”


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