Airports of the World - Nov-Dec 2017

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Detailed news coverage from the global airport scene.

Snapshot – Ethiopia
In the late 1980s Ethiopian Airlines operated a collection of elderly Boeing jets from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and even retained a few Douglas DC-3s for local services. Ron Mak captured some fascinating and long-forgotten scenes in 1988.

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.


Cardiff spreads its wings
After it was announced that Wales was to gain its first regular scheduled long-haul flight, Andy Martin headed to Cardiff to find out how the hotly contested route was won.

A day in the life of aircraft dispatch
Getting passengers on an aircraft swiftly, and ensuring a flight leaves on time, are complex operations. Tony Mallett talks to some of the team members working for at Manchester Airport who make it happen.

Avoiding aircraft damage
Vehicles damaging aircraft on the ground is an ever-present concern as it can lead to costly repairs and significant schedule disruptions. Andy Martin takes a closer look at a system that is helping to reduce such incidents.

HOP!ping into Perpignan
Some smaller French airports have struggled to attract traffic since high-speed rail started to dominate domestic travel. Robbie Shaw reports from one facility in the south of the country that is fighting back.

Many Westerners know little about Japan outside of its major cities. But the country has much to offer, as Sebastian Schmitz found out when he travelled to Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu.

Developing Chek Lap Kok
Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok replaced the revered Kai Tak almost 20 years ago and has since grown in stature as a global world-class gateway. Chris Frame reflects on its achievements over that time, and previews what is planned.

The Turks and Caicos conjure up images of white sandy beaches, warm aquamarine seas and long balmy days. Matteo Legnani reports from the Caribbean before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck.

From Belarus with Love
Belarus became independent from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The government recently removed visa restrictions for short stays by foreign nationals, so Sebastian Schmitz paid Minsk a visit.

TAPping into Portugal
Air traffic in Lisbon has grown since ANA Aeroportos de Portugal was privatised four years ago, and last year 50% of Portuguese passengers used the city’s Humberto Delgado Airport. Renato Serra Fonseca chronicles one of Europe’s major successes.