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Construction begins on customs facility at Conroe airport

NEW YORK: Construction began last week on the new $2.6 million U.S. Customs facility at Lone Star Executive Airport in spite of The Woodlands Township’s withdrawal of funding last year amid board member objections. Although the township Board of Directors refused to fund the facility, the endeavor did garner support from The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, which committed $50,000 toward ... Read More »

Dairy farmers block Liege airport in Belgium

BRUSSELS: Belgian milk producers, dissatisfied with low prices, have been blocking the entrance to Liege airport since Tuesday, trying to draw attention to their plight. The Belgian association of dairy producers is demanding an increase of four euro cents per liter – to 29 cents. Some of the more radical protesters say the optimal price which would save them from ... Read More »

Greece agree to sell rights to German company to operate 14 airports

BERLIN: Greece has agreed to sell to a german company the rights to operate 14 regional airports. The deal is the first in a wave of privatisations the government had until recently opposed but needs to make to qualify for bailout loans. The decision, which was published in the government gazette overnight Monday to Tuesday, would hand over the airports, ... Read More »

Rapper Snoop Dogg seized at Italy airport with $422,000 stuffed in his luggage

ROME: Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer. In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00). Snoop Dogg, who has ... Read More »

Turkish, Russian companies to build Rostov airport with capacity of 8m passengers

ANKARA: Turkey’s Limak Construction has won a tender to build an airport with a capacity of 8 million passengers in the Russian city of Rostov, one of the host cities of the 2018 World Cup, according to the company. Limak said it would build the facility with a Russian partner, Marashstroy, adding that the final signatures would be inked by ... Read More »

UK customs arrests business student at airport, seizes 50,000 cigarettes worth £12,173

LONDON: A business student and part-time Burger King worker was caught bringing three suitcases with almost 50,000 cigarettes through customs at Birmingham Airport. Adama Njie, 35, flew into the city from Gambia after visiting family last October. But as she walked through the ‘Nothing to Declare’ aisle at customs, staff became suspicious at the amount of luggage she was carrying. When ... Read More »

UK customs arrests business student at airport, seizes 50,000 cigarettes worth £12,173

LONDON: A business student and part-time Burger King worker was caught bringing three suitcases with almost 50,000 cigarettes through customs at Birmingham Airport. Adama Njie, 35, flew into the city from Gambia after visiting family last October. But as she walked through the ‘Nothing to Declare’ aisle at customs, staff became suspicious at the amount of luggage she was carrying. When ... Read More »

Greece to proceed with privatization of Piraeus port and 14 airports

By Sharon R Smyth, Nikos Chrysoloras and Paul Tugwell. Greece will proceed with the sale of stakes in strategic assets such as the port of Piraeus and 14 regional airports this year, according to Greek officials with direct knowledge of the matter. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, which sells real estate, infrastructure and other government holdings, will send on ... Read More »

Vietnam customs seizes 45kg of rhino, ivory at airport

HANOI: Vietnam customs seized 45kh of rhino and ivory at airport hidden in container. More than 43 kilograms of ivory and 1.3 kg of rhino horns smuggled through Tan Son Nhat Airport recently were seized, a source from the customs office said. The source said the office cooperated with police in busting various attempts this year to bring the illegal ... Read More »

Vietnam customs seizes 45kg ivory, 103kg rhino horns at airport

HANOI: Vietnam customs police seized more than 43 kilograms of ivory and 1.3 kg of rhino horns smuggled through Tan Son Nhat Airport recently, a source from the customs office said. The source said the office cooperated with police in busting various attempts this year to bring the illegal tusks and horns, most of which came from Africa, into Vietnam. ... Read More »

HK airport gets green signal for $18bn third runway

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government gave final approval for a third runway at the Asian financial center’s airport, aiming to meet surging growth in passengers and air cargo. Officials said the project will begin next year and cost 141.5 billion Hong Kong dollars ($18.2 billion). About 650 hectares (1,600 acres) of land will be reclaimed from the sea for ... Read More »

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southern France to deploy new integrated security solution

PARIS: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southern France is to deploy Checkpoint.Evo, a newly launched innovative software solution that greatly enhances the inspection and integration capacities of security checkpoints. It will be the first French airport to install the system, developed by Smiths Detection in partnership with Optosecurity of Canada. Deployment is due for completion by July 2015 at the international airport ... Read More »

Malaysia Airports Holdings net profit up RM662.88 million from RM36.98 million

ANKARA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB)’s fourth quarter net profit for financial year ended rose sharply to RM662.88mil from RM36.98mil a year ago. The increase of more than 1,700% was attributed to a “re-measurement of fair value” of its two investments in Turkey, a filing with Bursa Malaysia showed. MAHB bought Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG) and LGM Airport Operations ... Read More »

Dublin Airport traffic up 14% YOY in January

DUBLIN: Dublin Airport last month was 14 per cent ahead of January last year at almost 1.5 million, according to figures released by the State company that manages the gateway. Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have published numbers showing that January passenger traffic was up across all key destinations on the same month last year. Passenger volumes to and from continental ... Read More »

Dublin airport traffic up 14% in January to touch 1.5 million mark

DUBLIN: Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have published numbers showing that January passenger traffic was up across all key destinations on the same month last year. Dublin Airport last month was 14 per cent ahead of January last year at almost 1.5 million, according to figures released by the State company that manages the gateway. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe ... Read More »

Turkey to open Istanbul’s 3rd airport in 2017: Ahmet Davutoğlu

ANKARA: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced that Istanbul’s third airport will be opened on October 29, 2017. Davutoğlu underlined the importance of the third airport currently being constructed in Istanbul claiming it will turn Istanbul into an important hub of international aviation as well as being the biggest airport in the world. He visited the construction site, took a briefing ... Read More »

Customs reshuffles 52 inspectors at Allama Iqbal Airport

LAHORE: Customs Collectorate Preventive Lahore has reshuffled at least 52 inspectors at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. The inspectors who have been transferred and posted at the Airport Traffic include Abdul Razak, Abdul Satar, Agha Amir Ali, Akbar Hussain, Amjad Khan, Aslam Nadeem Butt, Babar Iqbal Rana, Farooq Aslam, Gohar Nazir, Habbibur Rehman, Haji Muhammad Asfahaq, Jamshaid Ahmad Khan, ... Read More »

Irish airline Ryanair holds rising airport taxes responsible for decreasing investment in Portugal

LISBON: Ryanair, which is the Irish ‘low-cost’ airline, has put the blame for strangling investments in Portugal because of its ‘ever increasing airport taxes’. The announcement came as secretary of state for infrastructures, transport and communications Sérgio Monteiro confirmed airport taxes have increased 17% at Lisbon airport since airport operator ANA was privatized in 2013. During a press conference in ... Read More »

US customs to extend pre-clearance programme at Abu Dhabi Airport

ABU DHABI: United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance programme at Abu Dhabi airport will be extended to all travellers on Etihad Airways flights, the airline announced. Starting Thursday, January 15, the airline’s morning flights to New York and San Francisco, joined mid-morning flights to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., which can take advantage ... Read More »

Gwadar Port to have new airport at three times higher cost

  ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) conditionally cleared civil aviation authority’s plan of New Gwadar International Airport at a revised cost of Rs26.6 billion, which is three and a half times higher than the original price. This clearance was given by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) as the body have the mandate to approve up to Rs3 ... Read More »