Airports of the World - May/June 2013

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Features 

 

Pearl of the Northern Prairie 

Grand Forks International Airport is one of a handful of commercial facilities serving the vast and sparsely populated state of North Dakota.  It is also surprisingly busy, as Paul B Anderson discovered recently. 

 

Where the Desert Blossoms 

Luigi Vallero reports from the Omani city of Salalah, a green oasis in a nation dominated by desert that is becoming increasingly important for the economy. 

 

Airport on Ice 

Sebastian Schmitz takes a long journey south to Novolazarevskaya Air Base – gateway to Antarctica – the coldest place on the planet. 

 

Golden Times Ahead 

Birmingham Airport serves the UK’s second largest city and millions of people in the Midlands.  Mark Nicholls pays a visit to see its latest investments. 

 

Milan’s Airport System 

The northern Italian city of Milan is a key location in the nation’s industrial economy as well as pivotal place for tourism.  Its three airports play a vital role in driving these sectors, as Matteo Legnami explains. 

 

São Paulo Awakes 

With soaring demand due to the booming Brazilian economy, São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport is undergoing a major transformation.  Charles Tyler reports from Brazil’s largest city. 

 

The Friendly Islands Airports 

Real Tonga took over domestic services recently in the island nation that heavily relies on aircraft for internal and international communications.  Marco Finelli examines the islands’ changing aviation landscape. 

 

An Airport in Waiting 

Luigi Vallero visits the once-busy Hualien Airport in Taiwan – which, after investing in a new terminal, hopes to attract more passengers again. 

 

Regulars 

 

News 

Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene. 

 

Products 

Some of the latest innovations to benefit airports. 

 

Airport Infrastructure – Gatwick Opens A380 Gate 

The latest in a series of improvement projects at Gatwick Airport was officially opened on March 26 when Gate 110 came on line.  Editor Mark Nicholls reports. 

 

Airport Analysis – HS2 – The Aviation Dimension 

A curse or blessing?  Ian Doyle examines the potential impact of the UK’s recently announced High Speed 2 rail link and in particular its implications for UK aviation. 

 

Snapshot – Heathrow in Black and White 

Ron Mak sifts through his collection and comes up with a treasure trove of fascinating black and white images taken at London/Heathrow in 1969 and 1970. 

 

Snapshot – Mumbai’s Airports (include a WIN logo) 

The work of two Indian photographers, Sean DSilva and Jimmy Wadia, has just been published in a new book – Mumbai Airports Through Time.  We print a selection of photos from the book and give you the chance to win a copy. 

 

UK Airport Visitors 

Our readers’ gallery – featuring some of the more interesting aircraft to visit UK airports recently. 

 

Letters 

A selection of readers’ comments. 

 

Glossary 

We explain some of the abbreviations and acronyms that regularly appear in the pages of Airports of the World.