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A roughly 9,000 m2 market square under construction at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in 2016 (Photo: Flughafen Berlin Brandenurg)

Berlin-Tegel Airport To Close for Two Months Beginning June 15

The shareholders’ meeting for Berlin Brandenburg and Federal Airports (FBB) decided last Wednesday that Berlin-Tegel Airport will close down for a two-month period starting of June 15. As the set date for reopening approaches, the shareholders will make the decision whether to reopen the airport or whether to keep it closed. Due to the collapse in air traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that all traffic for the German capital will be handled by Berlin Schoenefeld,…

Coordinating Back-to-Back 787 Critical Cargo Flights

It usually takes months, if not years for airlines to gain approval to operate international routes. Between securing the right ground service equipment at the airport to coordinating with the respective governments, there are many boxes that need to be checked off before an international flight can take flight. The…

Freight Volume Surges at Ontario International Airport as Passenger Numbers…

This week, California's Ontario International Airport announced a 26.64 percent increase in freight volume for the month of April 2020. That represents the airport's second straight month of gains above 20 percent. 75,171 tons of freight were loaded and unloaded at Ontario during April 2020 compared to 59,359 tons in…

As Traffic Dwindles, Austin-Bergstrom Hosts Online Music Festival for Passengers

Empty flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have turned bustling airport terminals across the country into eerie, empty halls with closed concession stands and flight display systems showing just a handful of flights per day. As airlines reported record passenger numbers in the years leading up to 2020,…

A Look at Tech Hong Kong Airport Uses to Protect…

Hong Kong International Airport has become the world's first airport to trial a full-body disinfection channel to protect passengers and staff from COVID-19. The facility, called CLeanTech, is an enclosed full-body disinfection facility that sanitizes travelers using the channel in 40 seconds, killing 99.9 percent of germs. Currently, CLeanTech is being…

British Airways May Cease Gatwick Operations Permanently

British Airways may permanently withdraw all operations from London's Gatwick Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. BBC News cited a memo to staff from the airline’s head of operations at Gatwick which stated: "As you know, we suspended our Gatwick flying schedule at the start of April and…

London Stansted Airport Resurfaces Runway During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the majority of airline operations around the globe. London’s Stansted Airport, the fourth busiest airport in the U.K., has taken the time as a chance to keep enhancing its facilities for the future. The airport is spending 11 days to resurface its 3,048-meter runway from…

Heathrow Threatens Workers Over Pay Cuts

The busiest airport in Europe has threatened workers they might face the sack if they do not accept "voluntary" pay cuts, following a drop in passengers passing through the airport. According to Sky News, the airport's human resources chief informed thousands of staff that should anyone not accept a 15 percent…

Secondary Airports Threatened By ‘Minimum Service’ Rule In CARES Act

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc for air traffic around the world, airport companies are quickly adjusting to adapt to this new situation with significantly fewer passengers closing down terminals, consolidating traffic to their main facilities and, in some extreme cases, closing down secondary airports in metro areas…

San Francisco Temporarily Closes International Concourse A Gates

Although San Francisco International Airport (SFO) remains open and operational during the Bay Area's "shelter in place" lockdown, the airport is closing one of two concourses at the International Terminal after a major drop in travel due to the coronavirus. SFO officials say international flights have dropped almost 52 percent…