Airports of the World - Jan/Feb 2013

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Opening Taiwan to the World 
Luigi Vallero travels to Taiwan to find out more about Taoyuan International Airport’s bold plans to create a new Asian ‘mega terminal’. 

Gatwick Reinvented 
Following BAA’s sale of Gatwick Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners in 2009, London’s second-biggest aerial gateway has been transformed.  Editor Mark Nicholls reports from West Sussex. 

The Dutch Number 2 
Sebastian Schmitz reports from Eindhoven in the Netherlands where the city’s joint commercial and military airport is thriving. 

Rotary Ambitions 
Den Helder Airport is an important transport hub for the North Sea oil and gas industries.  René L Uijthoven examines the rotary wings dominated airport and looks at its longer term plans. 

Cargo City Alaska 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a major hub for international cargo flights.  Robbie Shaw enjoyed seeing up to 75 widebody freighters each day. 

APD – Flying Under the Radar 
Ian Doyle discusses the introduction of Airport Passenger Duty and recent changes to it, offering some critical observations on its wider impact for UK aviation. 

Tocumen – Growing for the Future 
Charles Tyler reports from Tocumen International Airport, the primary gateway to the Central American country of Panama, which is undergoing major expansion. 

Lahr – An Airport in Waiting 
Nestling in the Black Forest area of western Germany, Lahr Airport is eager to establish itself on the European aviation map.  Luigi Vallero assesses its progress. 


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene. 

Airport Analysis – The Last Chance? 
As the UK Government appoints a commission to reconsider the nation’s aviation strategy Bruce Hales-Dutton delves into the complex and controversial issues surrounding airport capacity. 

A selection of readers’ comments. 

Snapshot – Tokyo Haneda 
Paul Howard visits the Japanese capital and provides a glimpse of the daily traffic at the city’s airport predominantly featuring domestic flights. 

UK Airport Visitors 
Readers’ gallery of some of the more 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.