Airports of the World - May/June 2016

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Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Industry Column
Terrorism has reared its ugly head again with an horrific attack taking place in Brussels. Can aviation do anything more to minimise the effects of these threats?

Snapshot – Philippines
Intrepid traveller and propliner fan Ron Mak joined several other enthusiasts for an epic trip to Sana’a and Djibouti in Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Z-CAT.

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.


Luigi Vallero explores the busiest airport on the Italian island of Sicily.

Connecting Cancún
Cancún International is playing an important part in the rise of tourism to Mexico, as Keith Otto discovered.

The Road to Damascus
With civil war raging in Syria, the road to Damascus (airport) is closed for much of the time. Ten years ago things were somewhat different, as Sebastian Schmitz discovered.

George by South Africa
The picturesque South African Garden Route attracts tourists from across the globe. Sebastian Schmitz reports from George.

Concord – Fastest Route to Charlotte
The name Concord conjures up thoughts of speed, prompting Jay Selman to visit Concord Regional to find out more.

Ibaraki – Tokyo Drift
Tokyo’s large airports, Haneda and Narita, tend to get all the attention, but the less well-known facility at Ibaraki is pulling in passengers, as Paul Howard explains.

Pilgrimage to Mostar
Visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have long been drawing pilgrims to Medjugorje. Marco Finelli reports from nearby Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UK Regional Airports

Liverpool – Faster, Easier, Friendlier
A new broom sweeps clean in the northwest of the UK. Andy Martin reports from an airport that is reinventing itself.

Doncaster Reborn
Improved access and a slew of new flights have put Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport on a path to growth. Andy Martin visited Yorkshire to find out more.

Kidtastic Leeds
Innovative thinking by children might be the catalyst for change at Leeds Bradford Airport. Local school teacher Tony Mallett explains what is happening.

Booming Birmingham
In 2015, Birmingham had its best day, month and year for passengers. Andy Martin asks CEO Paul Kehoe why things are going so well, and what the future holds.