British lawmakers on Monday approved plans to expand Heathrow Airport near London after years of study and debate, but the construction of a third runway still faces significant hurdles.
Luton is the UK’s most unfriendly airport, with Edinburgh the most welcoming, according to a survey. The Bedfordshire airport got the thumbs-down from travellers asked to rate the friendliness of staff in a poll by travel search site Skyscanner.
A volcanic ash cloud, which originated in Chile on 4 June and has caused significant disruption to air travel around Australia and New Zealand since 12 June returned on Tuesday to Australasia forcing further cancellations for at the least the next 48 hours.
In response to increased air traffic this past decade, the Ministry of Public Works has formed a plan to improve and expand the airports of Chile including Punta Arenas.
China plans to build at least 45 new airports in the next five years to serve booming travel, the top industry regulator said last week.
The annual ranking by the British consultants Sky Research puts Lima’s Jorge Chávez Airport in front of all South America’s airports, with Pudahuel Airport in Chile coming in just behind.
The Brazilian government announced Monday investments equivalent to 3.2 billion US dollars to upgrade airports in anticipation of the 2014 World Soccer Cup, one of the most sensitive issues for the massive infrastructure needed to handle millions of visitors.
Thousands of passengers are facing long delays after airports in Scotland and Ireland closed because of a fresh cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland. Flights have been grounded in Glasgow, Prestwick and Derry since 0700 BST, while the airspace over Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh has also since closed.
LAN (NYSE: LFL), Chile's dominant airline and flag carrier, announced Thursday it would invest 2.83 billion US dollars between 2010 and 2013 to expand its fleet. CEO Jorge Awad told a shareholder meeting the company would invest 500 million USD in 2010 and 1 billion USD in 2011 to purchase both short and long-haul aircraft.
Spanish tourism lost 252 million Euros over six days because of travel restrictions caused by the volcanic ash cloud which grounded air traffic in Europe, industry body Exceltur said on Wednesday.