Airports of the World - March/April 2016

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News
Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Industry Column
With the UK Government having delayed a decision on building an additional runway in the south of England, Kevan James gives his view on what development is needed in the London area.

Snapshot – Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), once part of Zaïre, is rarely visited by aviation enthusiasts. Sebastian Schmitz was lucky enough to sample some of what aviation has to offer in the country.

Snapshot – Philippines
Just over a decade ago, Ninoy Aquino International in Manila was home to a number of now rare aircraft types that were still licensed to carry passengers and cargo. Ron Mak took his camera for a walk around the airport in December 1996.

UK Airport Visitors
Our readers’ gallery – featuring a selection of the more interesting aircraft that have recently visited UK airports.

On The Spot - Jeff Hamiel, Minneapolis
In part two of our in-depth look at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Kevan James talks to the CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission about the facility, his work and the American airline industry.

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

Features

Geneva reshapes
A lot is changing at Switzerland’s second busiest airport, as Luigi Vallero explains.

Iqaluit – the Inuit gateway to Nunavut
Dealing with extreme cold is one of the biggest challenges faced at Iqaluit on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, as Sebastian Schmitz found out.

Magical Miyazaki
Paul Howard goes island hopping in Japan, and finds a small city at the southern end of the archipelago which has something to offer both visitors and aviation enthusiasts.

Port Vila – recovering from cyclone Pam
On the night of March 13, 2015 a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone tore across Vanuatu. Paul Howard looks back at the devastation wreaked and highlights the efforts being made to restore life to near normality.

Porto Santo
Sebastian Schmitz investigates the little-known airport on Porto Santo, the second largest island in the Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira.

Bocas del Toro– Panama’s island paradise
Panama is fast becoming a popular tourist destination and will soon be linked direct to Dubai. Sebastian Schmitz visits Bocas del Toro, one of the country’s more popular holiday destinations.

Abidjan’s Ivory Towers
Ivory Coast is recovering after a decade of political upheaval. Guy Zunino explains how the capital’s airport has doubled its traffic over the last five years.