The September/October issue of Airports of the World is on sale now.
In this issue we shine the spotlight on Barcelona’s El Prat airport, the gateway to Catalonia. The city hit the news headlines in October 2017 after the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain, further damaging its relationship with the Spanish capital. Madrid is the main hub for flag carrier Iberia with its global network, while Barcelona is mostly served by low-cost carriers including Iberia subsidiary Vueling. But is this all about to change? Significant investment and a planned satellite terminal will increase El Prat’s capacity to 70 million passengers per year by 2026, when coupled with new long-haul flights to South America and Asia, its fortunes could be about to change.
Just 127 miles (204km) to the north of Barcelona, we visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, which has been transformed by Ryanair. The Irish low-cost carrier has been responsible for putting the city on the European airline map and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary of operations from this once quiet French airport. Over the last decade, passenger numbers have ebbed and flowed, but new investment to improve the airport’s infrastructure, and a proposed new terminal in the planning stages will, it hopes, encourage more people to visit this region of southwestern France.
Remaining in Europe, we move on to Luxembourg where the nation’s gateway punches well above its weight by serving an impressive range of destinations as well as developing a thriving cargo hub. Striving to become what it describes as a ‘boutique’ airport, Luxembourg offers all the amenities found at a major hub alongside the compact convenience of a smaller less crowded facility. It is doing very well and strong growth in passenger numbers underlines its popularity with travellers.
Crossing to the other side of the world, we visit Kansai International Airport in Japan which was literally built from three mountains. A major feat of engineering, it sits upon reclaimed land and proudly bears the title of ‘mother of all offshore airports’. It is the busiest Japanese hub outside of Tokyo, handling more than 25 million passengers last year and is continuing to attract additional traffic.
Next, we visit Newman Airport in the outback of Western Australia. The airport and its connecting air services provide not only a lifeline for the local community but is also playing a vital role in the region’s economic development. Thanks largely to rapid growth in many developing nations, demand for the country’s rich minerals, especially iron ore, has increased greatly. Newman lies 743 miles (1,195km) northeast of Perth and can be accessed via a gruelling 12-hour road journey or a considerably more manageable 90-minute flight.
Elsewhere we touch down at Muscat International Airport where a new terminal has just opened. The new facility retains the style and character of the historic capital of Oman, while creating a spectacular development to serve travellers of today. We also visit Pamplona, famous for the annual Encierro (running of the bulls) through the centre of town, then across the Atlantic to Greater Moncton, the gateway to Canada’s New Brunswick region and finally to Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, which helping serve Portugal’s booming northern region.
We also bring you our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including a £1bn investment for Gatwick, possible legal tests for Heathrow’s third runway project, Emirates debuts at London/Stansted, helicopter links between Penzance and the Isle of Scilly get the green light, Embraer’s new E190-E2 makes its first visit to London City Airport, and Adelaide Airport unveils its multi-million-dollar upgrades. We also have all our regular sections plus a snapshot from Manchester Airport that is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.
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