Airports of the World - July/August 2015

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All Routes Lead to Aberdeen
Managing Editor Mark Nicholls joined 1,200 delegates for this year’s Routes Europe regional network and air service development event and was pleased to find renewed levels of confidence within the industry.

Ten Years of Robin Hood
Matt Falcus analyses the first ten years of Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport, once home to Vulcan bombers of the V-Force and now a commercial facility of increasing importance.

Emphatic Edinburgh
Scotland’s busiest airport is booming and as Mark Nicholls discovered, it has been revitalised since Global Infrastructure Partners took control in 2012.

Geraldton: Gateway to Australia’s Mid West
Serving an area twice the size of the UK, Geraldton Airport is vital to the economy of Western Australia. As Chris Frame discovers, it has a turbulent history, closely linked to the performance of the iron ore mining industry.

Uniting Markets
Mark Nicholls travelled to the Kingdom of Bahrain to join delegates for the inaugural Routes Middle East and Africa event.

Serving the American Riviera
Paul B Anderson visits Santa Barbara in California and discovers its airport has been revitalised, thanks to an ingenious transformation of its 1942-vintage terminal.

Vientiane – Laotian Gateway
Supporting the growing Laotian economy and the country’s continuing rise in tourism, Vientiane Wattay International Airport is in need of an upgrade – a fact recognised by the country’s government, as Sebastian Schmitz reports.

Upbeat times at Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah International Airport is establishing itself as a new gateway to the United Arab Emirates. Luigi Vallero takes a closer look.


Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Airport Infrastructure – The Other side of Dubai
Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 has long been ridiculed and seen as a dowdy ‘Cinderella’ next to its glitzier sister terminals. But T2 has had a $400 million makeover and is ready to party, as Luigi Vallero discovered.

Airport Infrastructure – Stansted Evolves
London’s Stansted Airport has nearly completed a major terminal refurbishment project. Mark Nicholls recently paid a visit and was impressed by the transformation.

Airport Tech – Ben Gurion’s New BHS
Joe Charlaff reports on the latest baggage handling system to be introduced at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

Snapshot – Bangkok Don Mueang
Robbie Shaw spent time watching the comings and goings from the viewing area at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport.

Airport Tech – TaxiBot
Aeroplanes are made to fly, not to taxi – a simple fact, but now they can do both, as Mario Pierobon explains.

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.