Category: Airports

London City quietly converts to virtual ATC operations

London City Airport revealed on Friday that it has quietly rolled out the use of virtual control tower technologies, with all air traffic operations being controlled remotely, 145 kilometres away. London City, the first international airport to introduce remote air traffic control operations, announced that it has successfully had the systems in place and operational […]

UK industry bosses call for US-UK travel corridor

The chief executives from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport have joined forces to plead for the UK government to introduce a trans-Atlantic travel corridor as soon as next month. The aviation industry leaders have joined in a rare joint plea to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arguing that the successful rollout of vaccination […]

Biden officially signs third US aviation aid package

US President Joe Biden has officially signed the third COVID-19 relief bill that will protect thousands of jobs in the aviation industry for the next six months. The bill includes an additional US$14 billion in wage assistance for airlines, as well as US$9 billion for airports and other adjacent businesses. It serves as one part […]

Comment: Could someone fake a vaccine passport?

In this cross-posting with The Conversation, computer science professor Dave Parry explains how the IATA’s ‘Travel Pass’ works on a wide scale, and the potential loopholes someone could use to get around it. Although international travel restrictions for Australia have been extended to at least June, there may still be potential for a trans-Tasman bubble […]

Dubai’s new iris scanners in lieu of passports raise privacy concerns

The world’s busiest international passenger airport, Dubai International Airport, has begun using iris scanners as a contact-free method of identity verification on all passengers, according to a report by the Associated Press. While the airport has been testing such biometric technology as a means of passenger identification for many months, the program has been hurried […]

Comment: How people can end up living at airports for months or years at a time

In this cross-posting with The Conversation, aviation historian Janet Bednarek explores how people may end up living in airports, and why it happens more often than you might think. In January, local authorities arrested a 36-year-old man named Aditya Singh after he had spent three months living at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Since October, he […]

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