The July-August 2018 issue of Airports of the World magazine is now available. Included in the line up are the following stories:
Issue 78 headlines with an in-depth examination of the nocturnal operations at East Midlands Airport in the UK, the country’s busiest hub for main deck freight and also the second biggest for total air cargo throughput. Andy Martin took an airside tour and describes a typical night on the aprons where the frenetic activity is dominated by DHL, UPS, FedEx, Star Air and West Atlantic.
Expanding the mountain hub
Next up is a review of the developments taking place at Salt Lake City International in Utah. The airport is in the midst of a major upgrade that will ultimately result in the demolition of its two existing terminals and the construction of a consolidated facility that will replace them both. Also on the cards is the replacement of all of the boarding piers with two linear concourses connected to the main building via underground corridors. Delta Air Lines has expanded its network west of the Rockies significantly, and this makeover will transform the experience for its passengers.
Baltic holiday haven
Have you ever considered taking a break in Lithuania? Palanga has miles of sandy beaches that are a magnet for tourists from Eastern Europe and beyond. The climate is surprisingly pleasant during the summer months, and its small but efficient airport is connected to the rest of the world by airlines including airBaltic, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian and Wizz Air. The manager of the facility spoke to Sebastian Schmitz about the plans for the future, which includes encouraging more business traffic and developing services for general aviation.
Sittin’ on the dock of the bay
If Lithuania isn’t quite your thing, maybe Canada is. The capital of British Columbia on Vancouver Island can be reached easily using one of the frequent seaplane services from the mainland. Tony Dixon found Victoria Inner Harbour to be a fascinating place to watch the floatplanes come and go, while he also discovered that its new terminal has made travel a pleasant experience. And as befits an airport on the water, protecting the local ecology is important and the roof of the main building has been grassed, with an area set aside for beehives.
Moving back a little closer to Airports of the World‘s home, Declan Hasson charts the varied history of one of Northern Ireland’s airports – City of Derry. The facility is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and has had its ups and downs. But air links to the rest of the UK are now firmly established, charter flights whisk locals away to the Mediterranean for two weeks in the sun, and corporate aircraft movements are increasing. The terminal is modern and throughput is well below design capacity, so travelling through it is quick and convenient.
So long Kai Tak, and thank you
One of the most revered airports in the world closed its doors forever on July 6, 1998. Despite being hopelessly outclassed by its Asian rivals and so hemmed in that redevelopment and expansion were not options, Kai Tak was loved by aviation enthusiasts thanks to its unique approach to Checkerboard Hill and the sharp right turn large jets had to make line up with the runway. A six-page photo feature covering the 1960s to the last few days is an ideal way to mark the 20th anniversary of the last departure from the airport.
Making flying easy
With the popularity of air travel still increasing, its good to see many airports striving to make things more pleasant for their customers. Low-cost isn’t always associated with the best experiences, but Avalon in Victoria, less than an hour south of Melbourne Australia, is making the trip from car to aircraft easy with its laid back and uncongested terminal. Chris Frame reviews the facilities on offer, and looks forward to Jetstar being joined by Air Asia X later in the year.
The flight of their lives
Finally, a significant proportion of the population has a fear of flying. Regular contributor Tony Mallet takes a trip to Leeds Bradford Airport, where staff from Virgin Atlantic Airways run a course that helps would be travellers overcome aerophobia. The session starts in the classroom and ends with a flight around the local area on a chartered jet. Even though the author is a regular flyer he found the experience inspiring and was delighted that all bar one of the attendees took to the air at the end of the day.
Issue 78 also includes Airports of the World’s regular and comprehensive review of the latest airport-related news. Other features include a Snapshot from China in the era when the Bamboo Curtain was still an obstacle to exploring the country, and a look at some of the more unusual aircraft that have visited UK airports over the last two months.
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