Airports of the World - September/October 2008

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An Olympian Effort
Alan Lord paid a visit to Beijing's new T3 in the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics and was suitably impressed by the world's largest building.

Tough Times Ahead - The Dutch View
As the aviation industry experiences its toughest challenges since September 2001, Mark Nicholls talks to Ad Rutten, COO of the Schiphol Group, about how Amsterdam is facing up to them.

America's Friendliest Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves a growing metropolitan area in one of the hottest parts of the USA, Arizona. Marco Finelli takes a closer look.

Sent to Coventry
As Coventry Airport awaits the outcome of a High Court appeal, the Editor considers the background to the case and talks to Managing Director Chris Orphanou about his hopes for the future.

The Caribbean Approach (inc travel spot)
The Editor visits Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten, famous for its spectacular approach over Maho Beach, but also the gateway to a Caribbean paradise.

Nizhny Novgorod Strigino - Coming In From The Cold
Jan Blazej outlines its history and considers the current condition of Nizhny Novgorod's Strigino Airport.

Pierre Elliot Trudeau - Gateway to Montreal
Paolo Giannico examines the changing fortunes of one of Canada's major international airports, currently the sole passenger facility serving Quebec's largest city.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport - On Top of the World (inc travel spot)
Martin Ekenstierna visits one of the world's most extraordinary airports, high in the Himalayas and the closest to Mount Everest in Nepal - with a frightening approach and an astonishing sloped runway.

Express Export
By providing an excellent service to airline passengers, as well as fostering an excellent relationship with its workforce, Arlanda Express is keen to export its ideas to other rail-air link operators around the world.

Bordeaux - A Toast to Success
Luigi Vallero samples the delights of the Bordeaux Mrignac Airport and discovers its even has its own vineyard.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Airport Tech
A history of airport technology
Much of the everyday infrastructure that we take for granted at airports helps to speed our journey and make it more comfortable. Lucy Budd investigates how some of these commonplace items came about.

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

A selection of readers' comments on subjects covered in the magazine, plus your chance to win a selection of goodies in our 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.

Front Cover:
St Maarten - arguably the best place for airliner photos in the world. (KEY - Mark Nicholls)