Airports of the World - Jan/Feb 2015

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Japan’s Southern Hub Fukuoka Airport is a busy single runway airport serving the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. As Sebastian Schmitz discovers, it is popular with passengers and airlines, but is struggling to keep up with demand.

Moldova’s Aviation Hub
Luigi Vallero profiles Chisinau International Airport, the primary gateway to the landlocked Republic of Moldova.

Redefining Chicago O’Hare
Editor Mark Nicholls reports from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as it progresses with a multi-billion dollar modernisation programme.

Toluca – Mexico City Alternative
Mexico City’s international airport is struggling to satisfy demand. Sebastian Schmitz visits a nearby alternative in Toluca.

Cam Ranh International – Resurrection Among the Dunes
Paul Howard visits a former US military base in Vietnam which has been given a new lease of life as an international tourist airport.

Serving the Southern Hebrides
The picturesque island of Islay is renowned for its whisky distilleries, which are popular with summer tourists. Robbie Shaw visits the island’s tiny airport, a vital link to the Scottish mainland.

Glasgow Prestwick – Back to the Future
Glasgow/Prestwick needs investment and some inspiration if it is to fulfil its role as an integral part of transport infrastructure in the Scottish Central Lowlands. Mark Blacklock ponders its prospects.

Game Park Gateway
Zambia’s Mfuwe International Airport relies on tourist traffic visiting a nearby game reserve. Humphrey Nkonde takes a closer look at the small underused facility.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Industry Column – A Global Threat
The deadly Ebola Virus continues to claim lives in West Africa. Bruce Hales-Dutton examines how airports are trying to prevent the spread of the disease.

Snapshot – Honduras Props
Ron Mak provides a glimpse of classic propliners from Honduras in November 1980.

Airport Analysis – Frequent Flyers: Avoiding an Unhealthy Lifestyle
Flying is a sedentary activity, especially for frequent flyers, and raises issues of diet and exercise. Dr Nicola Davies talks to airport employees at the forefront of health promotion initiatives.

Airport Infrastructure – Istanbul’s Grand Airport
In the first instalment of a multi-part series Ronald Kuhlmann chronicles the development and construction of the new Istanbul Airport.

A selection of readers’ comments.

UK Airport Visitors
Our readers’ gallery – featuring a selection of the more interesting aircraft that have recently visited UK airports.

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