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Dubai Airports is inviting bids from specialist retail companies for the awarding of the official service concessions in the arrivals area of Terminal 1 at Dubai International. The move is linked to a major refurbishment project that will be carried out at Terminal 1 over the next year. The opportunity is available to telecommunications retail outlets, car rentals, currency exchange, hotel, tour operators, pharmacies, convenience stores, restaurants and coffee shops.
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Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) is pleased to announce the commencement of commercial flight operations today at the state-of-the-art New Quito International Airport in Ecuador.

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Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced today that it has signed a service level agreement with Abu Dhabi Airport Customs ensuring the implementation of high level services at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The signing ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi Airports Company between senior executives from both entities.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] WindTracer® Doppler lidar to redefine flight rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U. S. airports.

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Gatineau, Quebec, 11 February 2013 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A11A0035) regarding the 16 July 2011 runway overrun of a Kelowna Flightcraft Boeing 727 cargo aircraft at St. John’s International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador. There were no injuries to the three crew members, and damage to the aircraft was minor.

TSB investigators found that the aircraft landed at a higher than normal speed and almost 2000 feet down the runway. This meant that there was less runway distance available to stop. A combination of worn tires and a wet runway caused the aircraft to hydroplane during braking, resulting in a loss of directional control and the runway overrun.

This accident underscores why the issue of runway overruns is on the TSB Watchlist and why action is needed to prevent future occurrences. Pilots need timely reports on runway surface conditions to prepare for safe landings. When an overrun occurs, longer runway-end safety areas, or engineered systems and structures designed to stop aircraft, can prevent injuries and aircraft damage.

At the time of the accident, the runway surface-condition reporting standards did not provide clear direction for rainy conditions or wet runways. The investigation found that some employees of the airline did not understand the obligations for reporting incidents under the safety management system (SMS)—SMS is also on the TSB Watchlist. Although training was provided on SMS and reporting requirements, there was no specific guidance on what may be considered a reportable hazard. If all employees do not fully understand their reporting obligations, some safety issues go unreported, which increases the risk that those issues might not be identified and mitigated.

Since the accident, Kelowna Flightcraft has improved training for its pilots on landing distances, braking, wet and contaminated runways, and crosswind landings. The St. John’s International Airport Authority implemented an expanded runway-friction testing program to gain a better understanding of the overall condition of their runways when they are wet.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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Routes Americas Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Last night during a spectacular networking evening at the Plaza de la Proclamacion in Cartagena's beautiful Old Town, San Diego International Airport was announced as the winner of the first heat of this year's Routes Airport Marketing Awards.  

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Emirates and Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A – the home of the A380 and the world’s first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International. 


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Today, on behalf of the Hounourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (sport), was joined by Pamela Griffith-Jones, Vice-President of Guest and Terminal Services for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to officially launch the Automated Border Clearance (ABC) program at Toronto Pearson International Airport and Goran Vragovic, CBSA Regional Director General for the Greater Toronto Area.

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It was another record-breaking year at Calgary International Airport (YYC), with over 13.6 million passengers travelling through the airport in 2012. While passenger traffic grew just over six per cent last year, cargo activity also grew with an increase of five per cent to over 117,000 metric tonnes.

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Dubai World Central Cargo Volumes Soar in 2012

Dubai Airports today announced traffic statistics for Dubai World Central that showed the airport handled 219,092 tonnes of air freight during its second full calendar year of operations, an increase of 144 per cent over 2011.
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