Airports of the World - Nov/Dec 2012

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World Routes
The 18th World Route Development Forum was held in Abu Dhabi between September 30 and October 2. Editor Mark Nicholls reports.

Where West meets East
Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport has long been the primary gateway to the famous Turkish city. But, as Luigi Vallero discovered, it’s approaching its design capacity and has little space for further expansion.

Latin America’s Ultimate Test
Alberto Lopez explains why Teniente Coronel Hernán Acosta Mejía Airport (Toncontin) in Honduras is such a challenge for airline pilots.

Gateway to the American Heartland
Paul Giannico visits Oklahoma City’s primary airport, and finds that it is enjoying substantial growth despite only welcoming domestic flights.

Dresden Reborn
With the world more focussed than ever on recycling, Sebastian Schmitz reports that in south-eastern Germany this even includes old aircraft hangars.

Baltic Success Story
Tallinn’s Lennart Meri Airport is rapidly developing into a major regional hub and is a key element in Estonia’s remarkable economic success of recent years. Editor Mark Nicholls and Sebastian Schmitz examine the reasons why.

Tioman’s Thrilling Approach
Tioman Island is home to one of the smallest international airports in the world – and one that requires a Kai Tak-Style approach. Charles Tyler savoured the delights of this Malaysian island.

Riviera Alternative
Robbie Shaw visits Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport in the south of France and discovers it has an interesting mix of carriers serving a diverse range of domestic and international destinations.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Airport Infrastructure – Bogota’s New Dawn
Ronald Kuhlmann examines the progress at Bogota’s new terminal.

Airport Tech – Upgrading the Rock
Gibraltar Airport opened its new terminal on September 26.

Series – Please Step Aside... I am a Frequent Flyer!
Book serialisation.

A selection of readers’ comments.

Airport Tech – Huge Terminal for Rome Fiumicino
The Italian capital’s main airport wants to triple its capacity. Marco Finelli reports.

UK Airport Visitors
Readers’ gallery of some of the interesting aircraft that recently visited the UK’s airports.

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