Milan Malpensa to become green hydrogen hub

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SEA Milan and Snam – a leading energy infrastructure company – have teamed up in order to introduce green hydrogen to power ground vehicles at Milan Malpensa Airport.

The project will include a plant construction to supply the ground vehicles of Milan Malpensa Airport with green hydrogen, produced from renewable sources.

Designed by Snam, the infrastructure will involve the electrolyser installation together with a compressor, a storage system and a hydrogen delivery system. The aim is to make Milan Malpensa a green hydrogen supply hub for the airport’s internal logistics and for external transportation.

SEA Milan (which manages both Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports) is actively involved in many initiatives to reduce the overall emissions, such as the replacement of passenger shuttles and operating vehicles with new electric vehicles. The commitment to attract companies investing in next-generation fleets and the creation of a Hydrogen Valley, near Malpensa, for the use of hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035 is another example of its efforts. Another important step is the recent agreement with Skyports, to create a platform for electric aircraft for the advancement of urban mobility.

Carver Aero FBOs in Wisconsin and Chicago join Avfuel’s branded network

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Two new Carver Aero FBOs- Janesville Jet Center at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport and Lumanair Aviation Services at Illinois’ Aurora Municipal Airport have joined Avfuel’s branded network. The agreement extends the partnership between the companies as Avfuel also provides branded fuel supply services to Carver Aero’s Iowa locations in Council Bluffs, Davenport and Muscatine.

The acquisitions of the Wisconsin and Chicago FBOs mark Carver Aero’s first expansion outside of Iowa, fulfilling its business strategy to support communities throughout the Midwest.

“Avfuel is proud to partner with Carver Aero’s customer-focused team and is honoured to raise its sign at each of Carver Aero’s premier FBO locations,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s Senior Vice President of Sales. “The addition of Janesville and Aurora to the Avfuel network provides exceptional service options in key Midwestern locations for Avfuel’s flight department customers.”

Meanwhile, Carver Aero’s CEO, Guy Lieser, underlined that the FBO operator’s goal is to “bring back the wonder of personal aviation – from piloting aircraft to providing living wage careers in maintenance, avionics and line services in small towns throughout the Midwest.” He also added that, “We strive to make the municipal airport relevant to the communities in which we operate because many people are unaware that these are their airfields and they can accommodate the business and personal needs of everyday people.”

Carver Aero acquired Wisconsin’s Janesville Jet Center in July, with the acquisition including the 2,725 sq. ft. FBO terminal, featuring a pilot’s lounge, dining area, A/V-equipped conference room, WiFi and a flight planning room. In addition, a 7,700 sq.ft. adjoining hangar capable of accommodating up to a Lear 60 or Citation XL was included in the purchase.

The Chicago facility at Aurora Municipal Airport was announced in August and included a two-storey, 30,000 sq. ft. FBO terminal building, which in addition to FBO operations includes a flight school, two office suites, 20 offices, a line service office and three break rooms. The FBO is one of two on-field facilities at the Illinois hub.
Carver Aero has six additional hangars on the airfield ranging in size from 6,400 sq. ft. to 39,000 sq. ft. housing a further 15 offices, conference rooms and a sport pilot training school. With the hangars, Carver Aero is able to accommodate aircraft up to a Gulfstream IV.

Manchester Airport welcomes increased investment in electric GSE by Menzies

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Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has expanded its contract with Aer Lingus at Manchester Airport. The agreement has also provided Menzies with an opportunity to increase the amount of electric ground service equipment (GSE) within its fleet as part of its wider goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033 – Menzies’ 200th anniversary.

Menzies now has a significant amount of electric wide body kit within its Manchester fleet; paving the way to having the widest selection of electric GSE at Manchester Airport. Menzies’ contract with Aer Lingus at the UK’s gateway to the north will include providing passenger, ramp, cabin cleaning and de-icing services for both short and long-haul flights.

The aviation logistics specialist has partnered with the Irish carrier at the Manchester hub for more than a decade.

“We’re pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Aer Lingus and support their new transatlantic routes from Manchester Airport,” said Phil Lloyd, Senior Vice President – UK & Ireland, Menzies Aviation. “This win provided an opportunity to help us progress towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033 as we acquired wide body GSE with electric capability. The switch to electric was made possible through close collaboration with Aer Lingus and Manchester Airports Group as we needed to quickly adapt the infrastructure on the ramp to charge the GSE. The team are proud to see their electric fleet at Manchester grow and are excited about supporting Aer Lingus as flight volumes continue to recover.”

Finnair complements Turku and Tampere routes with bus connections

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Flight connections with Finnair on two of its shortest routes, Helsinki to Turku and  Helsinki to Tampere, are to be complemented with a bus connection to help reduce the airline’s CO2 footprint.

Flights to the two domestic destinations have been on hold since spring 2020 due to the global pandemic. Although the routes have been operated with energy-efficient ATR aircraft, their emissions load per passenger is clearly heavier than on other routes.

“Turku and Tampere are an important part of our network,” said Perttu Jolma, VP, Traffic Planning at Finnair. “Travelling on these routes focuses on international exchange travel, and we want to continue to offer the best range of connections to customers in the regions.”

He added that combining different modes of transport is an important tool in reducing carbon emissions from transport. “It is also in line with Finland’s national emission reduction targets.”

While the scheduled flight time to Turku and Tampere is 35 minutes, the actual flight time is even shorter, about 25 minutes. Such short flights are usually operated only in areas where the terrain is difficult and the flights cross sea areas or mountains, for example. Intermodality is a growing trend, and there is already a wider debate in Europe on how to limit the number of short-haul flights.

“We want to offer travellers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to a bus connection. We guarantee an onward connection to the booked destination even in the event of a possible disruption in the bus connection,” said Jolma.

According to a study based on Finnair’s customer data, the majority of those departing from Turku or Tampere already used a non-flight connection to arrive at Helsinki Airport in 2019, when the flights were operated with several daily frequencies.

Bus stops will be located at both Tampere and Turku airports as well as the respective city centres. Bus connection tickets will only be sold together with connecting flights.

Arconas unveils new airport seating product

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Arconas, which manufactures and distributes furniture for airports and passenger terminals has unveiled the release of its new product emBARq.

Offering a sleek design that combines a functional work surface with a charging station, emBARq requires no hard wiring. It can comfortably seat up to six people and the horizontal power source provides AC and USB charging. It also features convenient hooks for passengers to hang their belongings while working.

Made from a solid steel structure, the unit can be floor mounted through levelling glides and a wheelchair accessible counter heigh option is also available.

Providing passengers with the latest powering technology, such as wireless charging, emBARq will enhance the passenger experience with Arconas describing the seating solution as making transportation terminals more accessible and barrier free.

Honolulu says aloha to new Million Air facility

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Freeman Holdings Group is all set to open Million Air Honolulu at Kalaeloa Airport, which is also known as John Rodgers Field Airport. The Kalaeloa air transport hub is centrally located between Honolulu and Ko Olina and is the ideal gateway for recreational or business trips to the tropical paradise.

The airport’s location, combined with its infrastructure and low air traffic compared to Honolulu International Airport make it a convenient choice for aircraft travelling to and from the US mainland. It can accommodate a wide variety of aircraft with its expansive ramps and long runways – 8,000ft and 6,000 ft. The airfield has also recently undergone some improvement works  including runway resurfacing, airfield lighting, communications and emergency systems.

Million Air Honolulu plans to boost aviation traffic in Kapolei with the addition of a 30,000 sq.ft. hangar, 8,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art FBO and restaurant and a brand new fuel farm with a planned capacity of 240,000 gallons of jet fuel and 15,000 gallons of avgas.

“As an organisation, we are always looking for underutilised airports across the country that would benefit from our involvement and private investment that would serve as a catalyst for increasing activity at these types of airports. We have had a successful track record of accomplishing these goals at other airports where we currently operate. We have long had (Kalaeloa) on our list of potential growth locations, and after some due diligence, we felt it was a project worth pursuing,” said Scott Freeman, CEO, Freemans Holding Group.

Ferrovial plans for UK network of 25 vertiports

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Spanish-based infrastructure group Ferrovial, which is also an AGS airports shareholder, plans to launch a network of more than 25 vertiports across the UK in partnership with eVTOL aircraft developer Vertical Aerospace.

The initiative is a further step in Ferrovial’s bid to lead the mobility of the future through the development of infrastructure for safe, high-speed, zero carbon aviation and follows a recent agreement to develop a network of more than 10 vertiports in Florida, US.

Essential infrastructure for landing, recharging and taking off eVTOL aircraft, the vertiports will be integrated into communities and adapted to the surrounding environment, reducing noise impact and improving energy efficiency through innovative design.

Ferrovial has partnered with architecture firm Grimshaw and global engineering management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald to develop the design and engineering components of the vertiport infrastructure.

“The partnership between vertiports and eVTOLS will provide high speed, affordable, emissions-free travel to millions of people,” said Kevin Cox, CEO of Ferrovial Vertiports. “This network will boost local economies with a new model of regional connectivity.”

Ferrovial has more than 20 years’ experience of investing, developing and operating 33 airports around the world, including in the US, Australia and Chile. It currently has four airports in the UK. With the largest shareholder stake in Heathrow Airport, it is the airport’s core shareholder and industrial partner. It also partly owns Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.


Glasgow Airport installs reverse vending machines to boost recycling efforts

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As part of a pilot project to encourage staff and passengers to recycle more cans and bottles, Glasgow Airport in Scotland has unveiled two Reverse Vending Machines. Introduced in partnership with Biffa, the airport’s waste management partner, the two machines will be based on the first-floor area next to the e-gate entrance to the security hall and in the main area of the departure lounge for the next four weeks.

The machines will provide a dedicated return point for cans and bottles and it is hoped the reverse vending machines will encourage staff and passengers to boost recycling efforts. Each machine can accept 320 plastic bottles and 650 cans. Introduced on a trial basis the installation of the two machines coincides with the COP26 summit on climate change and comes ahead of the introduction of the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme, which is due to begin next summer. The desposit return scheme will see consumers pay a 20p deposit when buying a drink in a bottle or can which is reimbursed when the container is returned to a collection point.

Ahead of the Deposit Return Scheme going live in 2022, Glasgow Airport has agreed to donate 5p for each bottle or can deposited in the machines during their four-week trial to an environmentally-themed charity or project.

“AGS Airports Ltd launched its Sustainability Strategy earlier this summer and as a group we are committed to continuing our policy of diverting 100% of our non-hazardous waste away from landfill and to incorporate circular economy principals where possible to enhance and encourage sustainable development at our airports,” said Kirsty Webster, Sustainability Manager at Glasgow Airport.

One of the key aims of AGS Airport’s strategy is to ban all unavoidable single-use products within the airport by 2022. “We’ve made great progress in this area already with teh introduction of a number of water refill stations within the airport as well as pre-security sinks where passengers can empty their water bottles and carry them through security rather than just dispose of them,” Webster added.

The introduction of the reverse vending machines further complements the work already being done to reduce unnecessary waste. They will also help to ensure cleaner, better-quality recycling and serve as a reminder of the need to recycle cans and bottles for all those using the airport.

Carla Brian, Senior Commercial Development Manager at Biffa added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Glasgow Airport to install two Reverse Vending Machines during a time where sustainability is rightly at the forefront of the agenda.

“By providing the public with an engaging way to deposit their plastic bottles and cans, we can ensure these bottles are recycled through our state-of-the-art facilities, being put back into the circular economy to be reused, supporting Scotland’s vision of a greener future as it prepares to introduce the Deposit Return scheme.”

Leonardo partners with Malaysia CAA for completion of new ATC centre

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In partnership with the joint venture Advanced Air Traffic Systems (AAT) and the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM), Leonardo has celebrated the completion of a new air traffic control centre in Kuala Lumpur, which will enhance the management of Malaysian airspace. The agreement was announced during this year’s World ATM Congress, which took place in Madrid from 26-28 October.

Named ‘KL ATCC’, the project will include the supply of Leonardo’s LeadInSky, a state-of-the-art ATC automation system, which is fully compliant with eh ICAO’s international aviation guidelines and regulations. The company will also exploit its world-leading technology to facilitate the integreation of communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (ATM) systems.

Fully integrated on a virtual platform, LeadInSky is based on a main operations centre, with a disaster and recovery component and a further backup system, which is continuously aligned with both to guarantee the highest level of fault tolerance and system availability.

CAAM’s new operations centre is also linked up with seven remote tower and the military Joint Air Traffic Control Centre (JATCC). With LeadInSky’s high level of automation and restructure of Malaysia’s airspace to add 14 new dedicated sectors, the overall ATC system will offer increased control capacity, making it fit for the next 10-15 years of operations.

The KL ATCC project has seen the installation of 12 new radio stations, three new secondary and two primary radars, a GNSS system and an ADS-B system, all integrated into the main centre. Leonardo has also provided a test environment system and a simulation solution for training current and future generations of Malaysian flight controllers.
Leonardo has been supplying the existing Malaysian ATC system through a full-service contract for 30 years, operating and Kuala Lumpur and all other airports nationwide. The company’s ongoing collaboration with AAT will spearhead new developments in Malaysia and the wider region to support the ICAO recommendations for the improvement of safety, efficiency and capacity, including ‘green’ compliance.

French ATC to benefit from Frequentis and CS Group VCS

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The French air navigation service provider, DNSA, has awarded Frequentis and CS Group a 20-year contract to provide a main and back-up (IP-based radio/ telephone Voice Communication System (VCS) to cover 14 air traffic control (ATC) approach and tower control centres.

DSNA provides air navigation services for nine French mainland regional and several overseas centres in charge of ATC approach and tower control. The VCS system will be deployed to 14 sites located in metropolitan France (including Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris Orly and Strasbourg), as well as some French overseas territories.

While Frequentis will supply its VCS2030X for the main VCS, CS Group will supply its Communication and Security over IP (CSoIP) solution for the back-up VCS. Both IP-based integrated secured VCS solutions are compliant with EUROCAE ECD 137 standard. The main and back-up VCS will use the new full IP transmitters/ receivers deployed in France. The scope of the contract includes the design, supply and maintenance, with a unique functionality that enables the controller to operate the same frequencies and radio channels in main and back-up mode.

Frequentis’ VCS3020X allows ANSP’s to share infrastructure between area control centres and ensures all ATM relevant tower functions without any limitation on size and location. It is already trusted and proven by more than 25,000 air traffic controllers.

“This new contract highlights the relevance of our solution to answer the needs of civil air traffic control providers,” stated Marie de Saint Salvy, CS Group Deputy General Manager.

In addition to working on the ARTEMIS system since 2011, Frequentis and CS Group have been implementing the new generation of VCS (N-VCS) for control centres within FABEC (Functional Airspace Block Europe Central).