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Relief package approved for BWI Marshall Airport concessions

The rent relief and lease extensions for restaurants and retailers is set to kick-start economic recovery

Swissport appoints new head of the Americas

Assuming the position with immediate effect, Frank Mena will take over the LATAM markets from Jose Canales

Construction begins on second air cargo warehouse at dnata City East

The new complex is set to be completed by October and will be built from low-carbon materials where possible

Spirit Airlines expands its route network to Louisville

The new services are planned to start in May, with the introduction of the airport’s first nonstop flight to Los Angeles

Perth Airport introduces new management system

The new technology is set to streamline processes for both airlines and ground handling services at the facility

Autonomous technology firm launches new luggage and cargo platform

The new vehicle is set to improve efficiency at airports and could cut costs

Aviation industry responds to Boris Johnson’s roadmap

The new plans have been cautiously welcomed across the sector, but calls for more support are still being made

US Department of Transportation awards grants to three major airports

Collectively, the grant programme has around $3.2bn worth of funding to distribute to more than 1,500 facilities

Riga Airport opens additional COVID-19 testing facility

The expansion of testing options is part of the epidemiological safety programme at the site

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Tees Valley Mayor welcomes local business to Teesside International

The airport is currently being redeveloped ahead of the summer, with renovation of the main terminal and other amenities

S&P predicts passenger traffic is likely to stall this year

Travellers are again losing confidence in air travel despite the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine

Luton arrival route changes plan moves into next phase

Both the airport and NATS are reviewing responses from a four month public consultation

IATA and BAR UK call for the sector to be included in recovery plans

Both associations believe Boris Johnson needs to include plans for the aviation industry in his address on February 22

Guadalajara Airport refurbishment plans set out

A phased reopening of the terminal over the next two years is expected, with plans to be fully operational by 2023

Business rates relief for airports brings less than fortnight of respite, says AOA

The current tax relief programme for the industry is expected to bring only 13 days of respite

Aviator expands presence in Norway with SAS start-ups

The firm will provide ground handling and de-icing services, expanding its presence across the Nordic region

Frankfurt Airport’s new fire station begins operations

The new facility is hoped to enhance fire safety at the site

DXB shows positive signs of recovery

Passenger figures through the fourth quarter were higher than expected, paving the way for a better year

Biometrics pilot underway at Madrid Airport

The project aims to increase security measures whilst streamlining airport operations

London Luton welcomes new rail service

The new link has been integrated into the May timetable, increasing connectivity to the airport

Call for expression of interest for airport hydrogen hubs

Five firms have partnered to enable airports in Paris to transform into hydrogen centres

Holland-Kaye: new restrictions are “essentially a border closure”

Introducing further measures has damaged the airport’s passenger numbers and reduced cargo flights

Gatwick Airport confirms implementation of terminal forecourt charge

Revenue from the initiative will be used to provide further protection for jobs at the airport

Swedavia reports historic pandemic-induced losses

Despite financial shortfalls, the company has continued with its climate change initiatives

Logistics firm launches self-service platform for security checkpoints

Passengers are able to travel through security without coming into direct contact with an agent

Copenhagen Airport sees further traffic declines

Around 175,000 passengers passed through the airport in January – which is only 8.9% of traffic from the same time last year

BA signs second SAF partnership

By integrating sustainable aviation fuels, BA hopes to achieve its goal of becoming net-zero by 2050

Swissport appoints new CEO

Warwick Brady will assume the position in spring 2021, succeeding Christoph Mueller

Rovaniemi Airport welcomes carbon-free heating

The new heating system will enable the airport to reduce its environmental impact