Airports of the World - May-June 2017

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News
Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Industry Column
Stobart Air Chief Executive Officer Glyn Jones reflects on why air travel in the UK has become a miserable experience for some, and suggests what could be done to improve things.

Snapshot – Ecuador
Ecuador’s poor road network made air transport vital in the 1970s. Ron Mak visited the capital Quito, and the port city of Guayaquil, when turboprop airliners and first-generation jets were still in vogue.

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

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

Features

Chillin’ on Praslin
Sun, sand and sea – an idyllic image, conjured up by the mere mention of the Seychelles. Sebastian Schmitz visits Praslin where a small and modern airport sets the scene for a relaxed holiday.

La Rochelle
Luigi Vallero reports from La Rochelle, on France’s Atlantic coast, where the airport has benefited from a boom in budget travel that helped bring holidaymakers to the region.

Layover in Johannesburg
Alan Kenny discovers what is on offer at O R Tambo International, the busiest airport in South Africa, during a layover on a working trip from London.

Welcome to Wonderboom
Air services to Pretoria are experiencing a renaissance saving residents from driving to Johannesburg to catch a flight. Sebastian Schmitz reports from Wonderboom National.

Jet2.com at Manchester
The UK leisure airline Jet2.com started self-handling at Manchester earlier this year, so Tony Mallett seized an opportunity to meet with General Manager Marc Burns to find out what has changed and why.

Make a left after the Joshua tree
Keith Burton covered the well-known ‘golden triangle’ of cities in the southwest USA bounded by Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix, visiting less well-known and quirky airfields few airline passengers are likely to see.

Black Sea sunspot
Sebastian Schmitz discovers Burgas on the Bulgarian coast, which once reverberated to the roar of Kuznetsov engines powering Ilyushins and Tupolevs 30 but now has more of a Western flavour.

Port Hedland
Chris Frame takes a tour of Port Hedland International in Australia’s Pilbara region with the airport’s new CEO, who has just launched a major refurbishment of the facilities.

Bristol’s amazing journey
Few established airports capitalised on the boom in air travel as well as Bristol Airport. Andy Martin headed to the southwest of England and talked to CEO Robert Sinclair to find out why.