Airports of the World - Mar/Apr 2013

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Gateway to the Costa del Sol
Málaga Airport has undergone a significant transformation, especially with the 2010 opening of its third terminal. Luigi Vallero assesses its position as a major tourist hub.

Lake Erie’s Airport
Of the five Great Lakes in North America, Lake Erie is the fourth largest and several cities along its shore have their own airports. Paul Giannico examines one of the facilities that shares its name with the lake.

Frankfurt – Europe’s Leading Hub
Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport is the nation’s largest and busiest aerial gateway. A leading light in multi-modal transport, it is massively important to the economy. Editor Mark Nicholls investigates its continuing success.

Congo Reinvented
Aerco runs three of the Republic of Congo’s airports and is investing in them. Sebastian Schmitz visits Brazzaville Airport in the nation’s capital to see the turnaround at first hand.

Taiwanese Renaissance
Like many major cities around the globe, Taipei in Taiwan is served by more than one airport. In the last issue, Luigi Vallero covered the city’s Taoyuan International; this time he reports from its other facility at Songshan.

Slovenia’s Airport
Sebastian Schmitz reports from Slovenia’s sole commercial aerial gateway – Ljubljana Jože Puc˘nik Airport – the fortunes of which are linked closely to those of its home-based carrier.

Rio’s Downtown Jewel
Charles Tyler visits Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport, one of the busiest downtown facilities in the world.

Philippines’ Boom Time
Clark International Airport is part of a huge investment that has transformed the former American Air Base into a major economic driver for the Pacific nation. Ron Mak revisits the Philippine enterprise zone.

Colombia’s Largest Regional
Threatened with closure in 1985, Medellín Olaya Herrera Airport is enjoying healthy traffic flows and new investment, as Sebastian Schmitz discovered.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Some of the latest innovations to benefit airports.

Behind the Scenes – While the City Sleeps
Matt Falcus discovers just what makes London City Airport tick as it quietly goes about its business near the UK capital’s financial district.

A selection of readers’ comments.

Snapshot – Amsterdam in Black and White
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has been popular with aviation photographers for decades. Ron Mak has trawled through his archive to present a selection of black and white images taken between 1968 and 1972.

UK Airport Visitors
Our readers’ gallery featuring some of the more interesting aircraft to visit UK airports recently.

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