Birmingham Airport is seeking to expand to offer more shops and passenger facilities

Birmingham Airpot is seeking to expand to offer more shops and passenger facilities.

A planning application has been submitted to Solihull council proposing an infill extension to be built between the existing terminal and the short pier.

The development will see additional restaurants and bars, more toilets, passenger seating and enhanced baggage facilities.

The airport claims that, after pre-application talks, Solihull council planning officers indicated the proposed development is ‘acceptable in principle’.

Over the last four years, passenger numbers have grown from 9.7million passengers per annum to almost 13million, the airport says.

The report says: “The recent growth in passenger numbers has resulted in a decline in the level of service available to passengers. This has occurred through the lack of retail and food choice and delays in the operational system.”

To the south of the airport is Solihull and to the north is Chelmsley Wood. Nearby are a number of villages including Bickenhill, Elmdon, Hampton-in-Arden and Marston Gree

Toscana Aeroporti inaugurates Pisa Airport terminal expansion

Toscana Aeroporti, via its official Twitter account, inaugurated (27-Jul-2018) the first phase of the Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport expansion project. Expansion highlights include:

  • Increased terminal surface area from 35,900sqm to 63,800sqm;
  • Increased gates from 16 to 23;
  • Increased security checkpoints from eight to 10;
  • Additional 2300sqm of commercial space;
  • 47% increase in arrivals hall surface area, with installation of a new baggage conveyor;
  • 32% increase in non Schengen departures hall surface area, with creation of one boarding gate, 170 seats and dedicated children’s play area;
  • Expansion of toilet facilities in arrival/departure areas;
  • Increases Pisa Airport capacity to 6.5 million passengers p/a

Source: Capa

Lead 8 appointed Lead Architect for Beijing’s New Daxing international Airport (Commercial Terminal)

Lead 8, the international award-winning firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, has been appointed Lead Designer for Beijing’s planned Daxing International Airport by the operator, China Resources Land, of the new commercial terminal. Daxing International Airport terminal will become the world’s largest airport next year, after undergoing a fast-tracked construction schedule.

As part of a new “air transport-related economic zone,” the project brief calls for the purposeful design of a new generation of workspaces, with integrated retail, dining and entertainment offerings. Daxing International Airport will create a new commercial environment for aviation companies, as well as catering to the needs of the 100 million travelers expected to pass through annually.

Lead 8 was awarded the project based on their innovative design strategy on hybrid workspaces, and a proven track-record in aviation designs. Under the challenging site conditions, Lead 8 adopted a creative and inspiring approach in handling of the spaces, while working in collaboration with the operators.

“The new aeropolis is a glimpse into the shape of the cities of the future. Our future workspaces are being influenced by the changing lifestyles of a new generation, as work, entertainment and hospitality blurs the boundaries to create new opportunities,” said Simon Chua, Co Founder & Executive Director at Lead 8.

“We hope this scheme will inspire future airport developments, as there is a growing demand for quality workspaces with integrated natural environments, particularly in Beijing.” Chua added.

Lead 8 has been making its mark in the aviation space in recent years as it redefines creativity in the sector. Several other airport authorities from across the region have approached the firm as they look to enhance and innovate their offerings, and to maintain competitiveness.

Nepal: Gautam Buddha International Airport to come into operation within ten months

The Gautam Buddha International Airport is likely to come into operation within 10 months if things go as planned.

Addressing the 22nd annual general assembly of village tourism promotion forum (VITOPF) here Tuesday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari said the progress of under-construction Gautam Buddha International Airport had advanced smoothly and 55 percent of the entire works was completed.

Construction of the Gautam Buddha International Airport would be complete by the end of 2018 and operated four months after the completion of the construction activities. Currently, base work of the runway has been completed and the blacktop of the runway would commence after the end of rainy season, the project officials said.

Asian Development Bank and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) are spending Rs 7 billion for the project, which is regarded as one of the key factors for Nepal’s tourism promotion and increased economic activities.

The government has prioritized the construction of the airport in the annual budget as well as policy and programmes in order to bring in 2 million tourists in Nepal Visit Year 2020.

“Airports should be increased if the number of tourists’ arrival were to increase. So, we have upscaled the work of airport expansion,” Adhikari claimed.

Minister Adhikari reiterated that construction of the Pokhara Regional International Airport and second international airport in Nijgadh would be expedited along with the completion of national pride project Gautam Buddha Airport.

The Gautam Buddha Airport located in Bhairahawa will be the second international airport in the country to relief pressure currently sustained by the congested Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The contract to upgrade the airport were awarded to chinese company North-west in October 2014, to complete the project by end of 2017, but it is certain to be pushed back to early 2019 due to the earthquake and the Indian blockade for almost six months.