Airports of the World - September/October 2007

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Don Quixote Takes Shape
Construction work at Don Quixote, Spain's first private airport, is nearing completion. Eryl Crump paid a visit to see for himself.

Bahrain - Bold Aspirations
Luigi Vallero visits Bahrain International Airport and is impressed by the huge investment being made there by the kingdom as it fights for a strong position in the competitive Gulf region.

Oakland - The Bay Area Alternative
The Editor crosses San Francisco Bay and visits the other major aviation gateway to the Bay Area, Oakland International Airport.

Laos - Still Emerging from the 'Bamboo Curtain'
Charles Tyler visits Laos and discovers a country that is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and expanding its airports to cope.

Berlin Tegel - The Final Four Years
In four years time, the new BBI airport to the southeast of Berlin opens for business and Tegel will close. Mark Nicholls examines how Berlin Airports is managing the rise in passenger numbers at Tegel in the run-up to closure.

BBI Breaks Ground
The Editor was given exclusive access to the BBI worksite at Berlin Schönefeld in July to see the first earthworks as construction of the new international airport gets underway.

Marrakech - Booming North Africa
Marco Finelli visits Marrakech to see how the airport is coping with the sudden boom in passenger numbers that followed an Open Skies agreement between North African nations and the European Union.

Durham Tees Valley Airport
Airliner World's Richard Maslen reports on a challenging year at the northeast UK regional airport.

Penang - From Fish to Tourists
Levent Bergkotte writes from the thriving tourist destination of Pulau Pinang, Malaysia's northwestern gateway.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Behind the Scenes: Airport Police
The Editor visits Gatwick Police Station to find out just how complex a job protecting a major airport is.

Airport Tech - Expanding Heathrow
Managers at London's Heathrow Airport are counting the days until next March and the opening of Terminal 5. Bruce Hales-Dutton looks at the implications for the UK's busiest airport.

Historic Spot - Addis Ababa
A selection of photos from the Ron Mak collection taken at Addis Ababa Airport, Ethiopia, in January 1988.

UK Airport Visitors
Reader's gallery of some of the more recent interesting aircraft to visit the UK's airports.

Details of previous winners plus this issue's caption competition.

A glossary of terms to provide explanations to a number of abbreviations and acronyms that regularly appear in the pages of Airports of the World.