Airports of the World - May / June 2012

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News
Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene. Includes news reports on the ‘Hub 2012’ at Paris/CDG and the opening of London/Southend.

Behind the Scenes – Cutting Edge Runway
Martyn Cartledge spent a night with the team resurfacing one of Manchester Airport’s two runways.

Letters
A selection of readers’ comments.

Airport Analysis – Rebuilding Libya
Caroline Cook reports on the prospects for Libyan airports.

UK Airport Visitors
Readers’ gallery of some of the interesting aircraft to visit the UK’s airports recently.

Airport Tech – Déjà Vu in the Thames
Plans for airports in the Thames estuary are nothing new. David Hurst delves into the archives.

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

FEATURES

Serving the Top of the World 
Tribhuvan International Airport serves the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and is also the international aerial gateway to all of Nepal. Paul B Anderson visited in late 2011 to discover more. 

West African Ambition 
Sebastian Schmitz travels to one of the Republic of Congo’s two main airports, and finds a facility in need of improvements to meet ever rising demand.

Lombok – A New Beginning
Paul Howard concludes his reports from the island of Lombok with a look at the new international airport, which replaced the older facility at Selaparang in October 2011.

Adnan Menderes – an Aegean Pearl 
Izmir’s international airport is in the middle of a multi-million euro redevelopment project. Luigi Vallero paid a visit and was mightily impressed. 

Canada’s London Airport 
Raymond R Canon uncovers the fascinating history of London International Airport in Canada, which continues to adapt in an ever-changing world. 

Series – Please Step Aside... 
I am a Frequent Flyer! Airports of the World presents a serialised version of the above-titled book; it is an amusing tale by Anthony Smith-Chaigneau and Richard J Smith. 

Welcome to Armenia 
Luigi Vallero travels to Zvartnots Airport, the gateway to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and the wider Caucasus region. 

The President’s Gateway 
Marco Finelli takes a closer look at the nearest airport to the centre to the US capital Washington DC – Washington Reagan. 

Serving the World’s Largest City 
Ronald Kuhlmann visits Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao, the Philippines, and discovers a developing facility, well positioned to serve the sprawling metropolis.