Airports of the World - March/April 2008

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Terminal 5 - Ready for Business
As London/Heathrow prepares for the March 27 opening of Terminal 5, Mark Nicholls and Richard Maslen examine the new facility and the slots crisis that threatens to strangle capacity growth.

Diosdado Macapagal - Living with Mount Pinatubo
Ron Mak visits the former Clark AB in the Philippines and discovers how it has been revitalised as a commercial airport.

Denver International - The Mile-high Hub
Luigi Vallero visits an airport in Colorado that covers nearly the same area as Liechtenstein and is a major United Airlines' hub.

Art Deco - Airports With Style
With today's airports focusing on vast new environmentally-friendly terminals dominated by steel and glass, Jean Gardner looks back to a more stylish era.

A380 Enters Service
Contributing photographer Sam Chui flew on the return leg of the world's first commercial A380 flight and provides a snapshot of the historic occasion.

Toronto City - Little Airport, Big Welcome
Raymond Canon recounts the eventful history of Canada's Toronto City Centre Airport.

What a Place to Build an Airport
Eryl Crump writes from Ireland West Airport, Knock - which despite its unusual position and regular visibility problems is preparing for traffic growth.

Pula: Croatian Renaissance
The Croatian town of Pula is experiencing a resurgence in tourist numbers and, as Marco Finelli discovers, the airport is at the centre of its recovery.

Dresden-Klotzsche - Gateway to Saxony
Luigi Vallero reports from Dresden-Klotzsche, where the city airport is enjoying a major renaissance after years of stagnation in the former Eastern Bloc.

Kilimanjaro - Safari Central
With equipment meeting international standards, this small airport in northern Tanzania is hoping to attract more airlines as it strives to become a primary destination. Guy Zunino reports.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Behind the Scenes - AENA's Feathered Bird Controllers
Frederik Naumann explains how falconry plays an important role in bird control at Spanish airports.

Historic Spot - Electra Glide in Blue
Paul Howard reflects on Brazil's Ponte Aérea (air bridge) between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

UK Airport Visitors
Readers' gallery showing some of the more interesting aircraft that have recently visited UK airports.

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