Airports of the World - July/August 2013

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News
Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Enthusiast Spot – Tan Son Knat
Paul Howard visits the Moonlight Coffee Lounge opposite Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Knat Airport, one of the few places that offers a view of the day-to-day activities at the Vietnamese facility.

Airport Infrastructure – Lounging in Muscat
Luigi Vallero samples Muscat International Airport’s latest premium lounges – interim improvements while the facility’s new terminal and infrastructure take shape nearby.

Snapshot – La Paz
Ron Mak visited El Alto International Airport in LaPaz, Bolivia, in the early 1970s and found a treasure trove of classic airliners and warbirds.

Airport Infrastructure – Combining Art with Functionality
A new $426 million international airport terminal has opened in Kolkata, India, and provides passengers with an easy-to-navigate building that is artistic and sustainable in design and can handle 7,500 passengers an hour.

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

Products
Some of the latest innovations to benefit airports.

Behind the Scenes – Disability Help at Warsaw
A passenger in a wheelchair? Not a problem at Warsaw/Chopin Airport, which is among Europe’s leading disabled-friendly facilities.

Snapshot – Paris/Orly
Luigi Vallero presents a sample of images taken at the French capital’s second airport in 1987.

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

Features

Routes Europe
Editor Mark Nicholls joined over a thousand delegates in Budapest for the regional route development event where a tentative feeling of optimism percolated through the proceedings.

The Other Phoenix Airport
The Arizona city of Phoenix has two airports; the largest is Sky Harbor, but in the nearby city of Mesa to the south-east is the award-winning Phoenix-Mesa Gateway. Debra J White explains.

Budapest Bounces Back
Editor Mark Nicholls tells the story of Budapest Airport, which has made a remarkable recovery from the loss of its national carrier early last year.

Airstrips in Paradise
Flying with the Island Development Company (IDC) in the Seychelles Outer Islands is an amazing experience, as Jozef Mols discovered.

New Zealand’s Star Performer
Marco Finelli visits the multi award-winning Nelson Airport, which serves a thriving community on the northern shores of the nation’s South Island.

Shenzhen – Boomtown China
The Chinese city of Shenzhen is probably the largest place you may not have heard of. Despite being barely three decades old, it already has China’s sixth-busiest airport, as Ronald Kuhlmann discovered.

Flying with Eagles
Ibaraki International Airport shares its runways with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force. Planned as an additional airport for Tokyo, it has struggled to attract carriers since opening in 2010. Jozef Mols tries to determine if it can succeed.

Brussels Alternative
The Belgian capital, Brussels, is served well by its international airport at Zaventem, but 29 miles (46km) to the south of the city is an alternative – Charleroi, which is very popular with budget carriers. Marco Finelli finds out why.

Sweden’s Winter Wonderland
Arvidsjaur Airport in the far north of Sweden is a vital gateway for lovers of winter sports – and the motor industry. Matt Falcus investigates.