Month: <span>November 2019</span>

Emirates’ A380 Year Of Tolerance Flight Sets A World Record

Emirates has completed a one-off flight to mark the UAE Year of Tolerance today, and the flight has broken a Guinness World Record. Operating as EK2019, the flight lasted just 90 minutes but contained the most nationalities ever recorded on an aircraft. In total, there were 145 nationalities represented on the Airbus A380, which was wearing a very special livery to mark the occasion.

The special flight was to be operated by an Emirates A380, registered A6-EVB. This is one of the younger A380s in the fleet, having been delivered to Emirates in November 2018.

Arriving at the airport, passengers were greeted with a dedicated check-in counter and, of course, plenty of photo ops. Each was given a special celebratory boarding pass, stamped with the EK2019 #yearoftolerance graphic. Every passenger was also invited to write down their name along with their nationality to add to a board celebrating the flight.

Airbus Celebrates As The 100th A220 Is Completed

Airbus has a reason to celebrate today as it announces the production of its 100th A220 aircraft. In a celebratory ceremony at the A220 headquarters in Mirabel, Canada, the manufacturer announced that the A220-300 produced for Lativa-based airBaltic was the 100th aircraft from the A220 line.

At a celebration held at Airbus A220 headquarters in Canada, representatives from both Airbus and airBaltic celebrated the delivery of the 100th A220-300. And the significance of the date? It is exactly three years after the world’s first A220-300 left Airbus to join airBaltic on the 29 November 2016. Such perfect timing.

The celebratory aircraft features a new cabin design with 149 seats and modernised livery. It will join airBaltic’s current fleet of 20 A220-300 aircraft. The airline was the launch operator for the A220-300 three years ago and is Airbus’ biggest European customer for the aircraft and, therefore, a fitting recipient of the 100th aircraft.

China’s Juneyao Airlines Adds Helsinki To Dublin And Keflavik

Shanghai carrier Juneyao has announced its adding three 5th Freedom routes to its Helsinki service. Next year the Chinese Star Alliance member will fly HEL to Dublin, Manchester and Keflavik.

Juneyao is a relatively young carrier. Long-haul international flights were started earlier this year with a 787-9. Juneyao has 10 of the type on order, according to OMAT. The Chinese carrier now flies Shanghai to Helsinki daily.

In March of 2020 Juneyao will fly a twice-weekly service between Shanghai and Keflavik, via Helsinki. Whether this is strictly a 5th Freedom arrangement is unclear. We have contacted Juneyao for clarification.

United Airlines Cuts More Hong Kong Flights

Chicago based United Airlines has decided to cut its capacity on flights to Hong Kong due to the on-going protests in the former British Colony.

The increasingly violent civil unrest now into its fifth month has led to thousands of people either deferring travel to Hong Kong or canceling their trips altogether.

375 tonnes of cars is no problem for Saudia Cargo

SAUDIA Cargo, the airfreight division of flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, has successfully transported 67 electric cars weighing a total of 375 tonnes from Italy and the United Kingdom to Riyadh, for the 2019 Formula-E World Championships.

The vehicles departed from Milan and the northern English town of Doncaster in four shipments to King Khalid International Airport, bound for Diriyah, the historical home of the Saudi state, writes Thelma Etim.

Abdulrahman Al-Mubarak, chief commercial officer at Saudia Cargo, emphasised how the freight airline’s team “exercised extreme care in the ground-handling operations” and coordinated the entire process with the organisers of the championship.

“Saudia Cargo is a major supporter of all global events taking place across the Kingdom and always mobilises its logistics capabilities to ensure the success of these events,” he insisted.

Earlier this year, the Middle Eastern carrier demonstrated its diversity of capabilities when it transported hundreds of tonnes of equipment for the World Wrestling Entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil. It also moved Leonardo Da Vinci artworks as well as aerospace parts for the Discovery Exhibition.

Saudia Cargo’s network covers more than 900 global destinations in more than 175 countries, serviced by the airline’s dedicated freighter fleet and the bellyhold capacity on passenger flights across Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA.

European Aviation Safety Agency extends Part 145 certification of SriLankan Engineering

Colombo, November 19 2019: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended an important certification of SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of SriLankan Airlines, following a comprehensive audit. The reaffirmation of the EASA Part-145 certification further strengthens SriLankan Engineering’s positioning as a key provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services for airlines throughout South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Vipula Gunatilleka, Group Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “SriLankan Engineering is now poised to launch itself as an MRO of choice, with our superior engineering expertise of over 40 years, and modern hangar complex and workshops that have been certified to the finest global standards.”

D.A.G. Jayasuriya, Chief Technical Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “SriLankan invested significantly in modernizing our aircraft engineering facilities over the last two years and we are confident that we can serve the needs of all airlines in the region, especially given our strategic geographic location at the tip of South Asia and at the crossroads of the Subcontinent, Middle East and South East Asia.”

Arjuna Kapugeekiyana, Senior Manager Aircraft Maintenance of the airline, added: “The reaffirmation of the EASA approval demonstrates the quality of our services and adherence to highest standards. I am grateful to all of our committed and enthusiastic team at all levels whose efforts made this a reality.”

SriLankan Engineering provides customer airlines with several key advantages including an excellent record of on-time project completion; competitive rates; superior expertise of its engineering staff; and modern engineering facilities including enclosed hangars where aircraft can be worked on at any time of the year without being adversely affected by the challenges of bad weather. Its facilities include a dedicated narrow-body hangar capable of servicing Airbus A320 family aircraft and a larger hangar that can accommodate several widebody and narrowbody aircraft at the same time. Both hangars are utilized for major aircraft maintenance checks up to and including C-checks and other significant projects,

SriLankan Engineering (https://www.srilankan.com/mro/) now possesses EASA Part-145 certification to carry out Base Maintenance operations on Airbus A320, A321 and A330 families of aircraft of all airlines. It also possesses EASA certifications for its Engineering Workshops as well as Line Maintenance and authorization for certification of aircraft operating to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Male International Airport. The latest extension of EASA Part-145 certification followed a comprehensive six-day audit by a team from EASA of SriLankan Engineering’s facilities at BIA and in the Maldivian capital Male.

The technical arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier also holds approvals from numerous national aviation authorities including Singapore, China, India, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain, apart from Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka (CAASL) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It provides full engineering services for the entire SriLankan Airlines fleet, which is comprised of A320 Family (CEO and NEO types) and A330 aircraft.

SriLankan Engineering also draws upon the support of a very strong engineering training institution. SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC), the training wing of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, has held EASA Part-147 certification since 2008, emphasizing its position as the premier regional institute for training of aircraft technicians and engineers.

 

Why airlines can no longer afford to insult their pilots

HAS Lufthansa made a fundamental error in its treatment of its pilots? Does that question mark apply to the entire airline industry?

Flight-deck employees of the leading German airline, including its cargo arm, have gone on strike for the 14th time since 2014, after pay talks between its pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) and management broke down again, writes Thelma Etim.

VC, which represents about 5,400 pilots, says its members have not had a pay increase for more than five years and Lufthansa is offering a pay freeze only, according to a report from Reuters.

The unimpressed union is reportedly seeking an average annual pay rise of 3.66 per cent – in line with Lufthansa’s profits of US$5.4bn over that period.

It all sounds familiar. Just like legacy cargo carriers Cargolux and Air France-KLM, Lufthansa is struggling to compete against the powerful new wave of carriers fashioning a new economic and business model, whilst experiencing extraordinary growth, innovation and profitability.

They include Qatar Airways, AirBridgeCargo, Volga-Dnepr, Turkish Airlines, Etihad and Emirates – plus a raft of regional low-cost passenger carriers.

Acute shortage of pilots

Forced to downsize, Lufthansa’s approach to its pilots’ demands does not appear to be any better than counterparts Cargolux and Air France-KLM. Lufthansa’s only achievement in the negotiations thus far appears to have been the successful curtailment of the ‘negative’ press coverage of its surreptitious discussions with VC. In the face of dwindling profits, surely avoiding embarrassment (by hiding from the media) is the least of its problems.

Whether they like it or not, pilots remain the nucleus of any airline. Put simply, until the advent of pilotless commercial aircraft, no pilots, no airline.

Some airlines are already suffering from acute pilot shortages. Cargolux, for example, is currently struggling to find pilots, having revised its terms and conditions for flight-deck contracts, sources say. The Luxembourg all-cargo carrier is so short of co-pilots that flights are being delayed for several hours “or even possibly cancelled,” insiders reveal.

Former Cargolux chief executive Dirk Reich was apparently advised that the new contracts will become a major barrier to recruiting the same numbers of quality pilots as in the past. Unsurprisingly, the mood among Cargolux’s pilots is now “at an all-time low,” according to close observers.

Why else has Southwest Airlines of the USA acquiesced to a new contract which will see its pilots’ pay rise by almost 30 per cent over four years? And pilots working for Delta Air Lines are also in the process of voting on a contract offering 30 per cent pay increases. If Delta pilots approve the deal, United Airlines’ pilots will also see an augmentation in their salaries, under a clause that ties their pay rates to Delta’s, reports say.

Global, political, economic and market challenges

Pilot pay is not the only concern casting a pall over the operations of Lufthansa and other legacy carriers engaged in crucial restructuring processes to weather the constant onslaught of global, political, economic and market challenges. In July, Boeing released its seventh pilot and technician report, which forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, the world’s commercial aviation industry will require approximately 617,000 new commercial airline pilots.

Asia-Pacific is the region expected to require the greatest number of pilots (248,000) over this period due mainly to expected growth in the single-aisle low-cost carrier market, while North America’s increased pilots demand (112,000) will be the result of new markets opening up in Cuba and Mexico. Demand in Europe has increased responding to a strong intra-European Union market, the Boeing study also reveals.

RegionNew Pilots
Asia-Pacific248,000
Europe104,000
North America112,000
Latin America51,000
Middle East58,000
Africa22,000
Russia / CIS22,000

Source: Boeing

The projections indicate that airline pilots will find themselves in a very strong position in the very near future – even sparking bidding wars for their services. Sources suggest this is already happening, with some pilots switching from one airline to another, lured by more attractive packages and prospects.

It is a situation that will become a major stumbling block for all-cargo airline Cargolux as it comes under pressure to recruit talented new people for its proposed Henan-based offshoot Cargolux China whose launch date has already been put back. How many pilots are there who would happily uproot their family lives to live in the middle of China? How would such a change work for schooling, language, social life etc?

“..growing lack of suitable candidates”

The critical shortage of pilots amidst growing demand across the entire aviation industry is the next major headache for some carriers, especially amongst those desperately looking to cut costs. Another report warns they should be doing the opposite.

“Due to the increasing demand for pilots and a growing lack of suitable candidates, airlines need to develop strategies to ensure they attract and retain, the right crew,” asserts global risk management company Marsh, which has suggested a number of vital alternative strategies for carriers. These include conducting regular pay reviews.

“Given that the cost of flight training is considered to be a deterrent for young talented [people], they are more likely to be attracted to airlines who offer generous packages covering these costs,” the company explains. “Having then borne the pilot training costs, the airline must seek to protect its investment by taking proactive care to retain its staff.”

The Marsh report cites improving work conditions as a significant factor that carriers should consider by “taking steps to ensure their corporate culture promotes a better work/life balance” for employees.

“For example, longer rest periods, more regular schedules and revisions in the number of hours they are required to fly annually could all have positive effects,” it suggests. The truth is that most pilots try to maximise the number of hours they fly to earn lucrative bonuses worth as much as 30 to 40 per cent of their salaries.

But there remains a big gap in expectations between airline managements and their pilots. From the airlines’ current management perspective – and even though there is a shortage of pilots – airlines are unlikely to want to encourage their pilots to spend less time in the air, the report insists.

Offering enhanced employee benefits is another tactic carriers can employ to distinguish themselves from the competition. “Given the unique challenges faced by pilots, most airlines recognise they need to provide specialised aviation employee benefits coverage, as opposed to some of the more generic employee benefit packages available,” the report says.

Such niche insurance coverage typically falls into four key areas: personal accident, term-life, emergency medical expense, and loss of licence.

The report concludes that as this race for the best flight-deck talent intensifies, airlines will be forced into re-thinking their people strategies. “Given [carriers] operate within an often harsh and volatile economic environment, airlines will need to explore a variety of creative approaches to attract and retain crew, beyond simply raising salaries – certainly one approach is to put in place an aviation employee benefits programme that distinguishes one airline from its competitors.”

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10 PLACES TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA

One of the best things about this island is the variety you get here. For such a small landmass, we’ve got everything from mountains, waterfalls, forests, plains,  lakes, valleys, and beaches. The only landscapes we actually lack are deserts and snow. Really.

Yala National Park Safari
 Kirinda – Palatupana Road, Yala

Home to the densest leopard population, Yala is the place for nature lovers in Sri Lanka. From herds of elephants to packs of frisky felines, sambhurs, sloth bears and spotted deer, you’d find as many as 44 different animal species and 215 varieties of birds. Its ecosystems include dry and moist monsoon forests, marshlands, grasslands, and sandy beaches, so you’d also find crocs in the area. Nearly 130,000 hectares, the land is divided up into 5 blocks out of which just two are open to the public.

Fun fact: ‘… the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule.’ This was before it became a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and subsequently a national park in 1938.


Nine Arches Bridge (Demodara)
 Gotuwala, Demodara

Known as Ahas namaye paalama in Sinhala, the Nine Arches Bridge is made completely of stone — as in, there’s no steel involved at all. From what I’ve heard, it’s known as the Ahas namaye paalama (the bridge of nine skies) because of the view you get when you stand beneath it: nine portals through which you can see the sky as you look upwards.

It’s set in Ella, so if you’re there for a holiday it’s the perfect time to put a small trek and check it out.


Casuarina Beach (Jaffna)
 Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Jaffna

Casuarina Beach is one of the nicer beaches just off Jaffna, with sparkling blue waters and bleached sands topped off with its namesake Casuarina trees. You can either wallow in the waters near the shore, or chat up a fisherman who has a boat (there are a couple of regular boatrides offered right there) and take it out to a reef a few kilometres out to sea. This in itself is a surreal experience because you’re out at sea with land far far away, YET the water is only as deep as your knees or chest.

The beach is situated on the Karainagar island, which is accessible from the mainland via the Ponnalai Causeway (AB17). The drive itself is lovely, with miles of saltpans and water on either side.


Aberdeen Falls
 Hatton, Sri Lanka

A hop and a skip away from Laxapana, Aberdeen is a must-visit if you happen to be passing by the area. It’s also worth visiting if you’re going out of your way specifically for it, because the views from one of the main pools are absolutely stunning.

Standing 322 feet tall, it’s got two ‘pools’, the more picturesque one being the one right at the bottom. The pools are treacherously deep in the middle and the rocks leading down to it are incredibly mossy and slimy as well, so please exercise caution.


Adam’s Peak
 Adam’s Peak

Also known as Sri Pada, this is not just a mountain for hikers to conquer: it’s a pilgrimage for many people. The ‘season’ for Sri Pada is from December to May, beginning and ending from each month’s respective full moons. It’s a long and arduous climb with thousands of steps along the most popular path — but you’ve six paths to choose from, a couple of those taking as long as a day and through a bit of bush.

It’s believed that the rock formation at the summit is the footprint of many a religious figure (okay, probably just two) with Buddhists believing it’s an imprint of the Lord Buddha, and Muslims and Christians believing that it’s Adam’s. Which is kind of self-explanatory given the name.


Ella Rock

Sunrises over mountains (especially the ones in Ella) are nothing short of stunning: so we recommend a super early start to your day. Offering panoramic views of the Ella Gap and Little Adam’s Peak, the hike is an arduous upward climb where you’re guaranteed to lose yourselves among tea estates, hills, and tall shrubs if you’re without a guide.


Hantane
 Hantane Mountain Range

I hate to overuse the adjectives (though this happens whenever there’s a scenic mountain involved) but Hantane is one of the best easy-hikes you’d get. Only mildly challenging, you definitely feel like you’re out in the wilderness when you’re actually just a few minutes away from the chaotic urban mess that is Kandy; so you can get back to civilization pretty quickly. It gets cold and chilly towards sunset, so take a wrap along with to to stay cosy.


Idalgashinna – Ohiya Railway Trek
 Uva Province

Rather out of the way and in the middle of nowhere so hordes of tourists haven’t ruined it yet, the walk between Idalgashinna and Ohiya is one of the most scenic rail hikes in the country. If I’m right, it’s known as the most scenic hike amongst backpackers and hikers. This is pretty straightforward, except the part where you get tons of tunnels to walk through because there’s a slight chance of a train coming through the same time you’re going through it. So… keep an ear out.

Oh also, there’s no mobile connectivity — so this isn’t for the social media addict.


Sigiriya
 Sigiriya Road, Sigiriya

A rock fortress in which one of our patricidal kings of yore holed himself up, Sigiriya is a work of art in every sense of the word. From its waterways and ponds that’s placed right at the summit, to the frescoes and mirror wall leading to it, it’s a local and international favourite.

Thanks to Indi, I learnt that ‘…the rock itself is a volcanic plug. This essentially means that it’s the core of an extinct volcano. Magma hardened inside a volcano, essentially stopping it up. Then the mountain around it eroded over millions of years, leaving this. Boom.’


Pasikudah

Pasidukah’s home to one of the best places to get a beach sunrise in the country. It’s also immensely touristy, with plenty of luxury beach resorts dotting the bay. The main attraction is the sea, obviously, but if you’re  keen on hobnobbing around, there’s that’s too. The Mari Amma Kovil  is apparently close to six hundred years old, and is an understated temple which is very popular amongst the residents of the area.


Picking just 10 out of everything we have here is hard, especially when there are popular tourist attractions contending with more obscure and unknown areas. Mind you, there are plenty more places to visit and check out, but we hope this list does some justice to the plethora of sights Sri Lanka offers. Let us know what your favourite must-vists are!

 

 

Source www.yamu.lk

 

Celebrating Women in Aviation

Smooth Flight Support  Wishes Women Around the World A Happy International Women’s Day

Women have been an integral part of our aviation industry. The industry is by large still dominated by men, but women are claiming their space and carving their niche in the world of air travel. When we talk about women in aviation, usually the first name that comes to our mind is Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. We mostly forget other equally important female aviators who have significantly contributed to the aviation industry. We don’t remember women like Katherine Wright, sister of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who often sat with her brothers during their exhibition flights, becoming the first female to fly in an airplane.

Baroness Raymonde de Laroche

 

“Flying is the best possible thing for women.”

Baroness Raymonde de Laroche was a Frenchwoman, who in the year 1910 became the first woman to obtain a pilot‘s license.

This huge step caved a way out for women all over the world to follow her and reach for the skies.

Katharine Wright Haskell

“And then, one day, it flew.”

As discussed above Katharine Wright played a crucial role in Wright brother’s flight of success. Katherine not only provided moral but also financial support to brothers. It was her brother Wilbur who had once said, “If ever the world thinks of us in connection with aviation, it must remember our sister.” But the world often neglects the crucial role she played in pioneering her brother’s success. She, in fact, was awarded the Légion d’Honneur along with her brothers for their contribution to the world of aviation.

Bessie Coleman


“The air is the only place free from prejudice.”

When of racial and gender discrimination was at its worst in America, Bessie Coleman, dared to become the first person (male or female) of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent to hold a pilot license in the USA.

Amelia Earhart

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.”

Amelia Earhart is the first name we usually take when talking about women in aviation. Indeed, her achievements have been monumental for women all over the world. She was the first woman to fly solo above 14,000 feet in 1922, across the Atlantic Ocean. She has a number of medal and achievements to her name, one of them is receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross (the first woman to do so).

Emily Howell Warner

 

“This Is Your Captain Speaking…”

 

In today’s world only 3% of commercial airline pilots in the world are women. Until 1970s there was none. We still have a long way to go. It was Emily Howell Warner who in 1973 became the first female commercial pilot when she got hired by Frontier Airlines. She also, was the first female pilot to become a captain for a commercial airline.

 

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock

“Nobody was going to tell me I couldn’t do it because I was a woman.”

In 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, created history by becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world. Mock took 29 days to complete her historic flight in which she covered almost 22,860 miles. She used a single-engine Cessna 180 which was named the “Spirit of Columbus”. Mock also became the first female to fly across the Pacific and Atlantic.

Important Female Pioneers in Aviation

Other important note-worthy women in aviation include-

  • Jeanne-Geneviève Labrosse, who in 1798, became the first female professional aeronaut.
  • Lilian Bland, the first women to design, build and fly an aircraft.
  • Hilda Beatrice Hewlett, the first British woman to receive a pilot’s license and also established the first-ever flying school in the UK.
  • Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from Britain to Australia.
  • Jacqueline Cochran, who 1906, became the first female to break the sound barrier.
  • Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

These and countless other women have contributed to open spaces and make a place for us in the aviation industry. We now have access to schools, trainings, and jobs which were near to impossible for these pioneering women. We think the US or UK might be leading in training female pilots, but it is India that is leading in training professional women pilots. The rest of the countries should definitely follow its lead. And not only as pilots in every field of aviation industry let’s try to give more chance to women to reach the skies.

 

Air Traffic Is Going to Increase with New Airports Opening and Airport Expansions in 2019

Traffic in air is increasing, as IATA estimates that the number of passengers using air transport  will increase will reach to 8.2 billion in 2037. The aviation industry is expanding at a rapid growth with more people flying in a plane than ever. Business aviation as well as commercial aviation is expanding. One of the reasons is accessibility. With many international airports as well as domestic airports being constructed all over the world, the number of flights will automatically increase too. Competition too increasing between the international airports to be the best, the busiest, or the largest. From spaceship-like building  to world’s tallest indoor waterfall, airports are leaving no stone upturned to take the aviation industry to a new level. Smooth Flight Support  today talks about the exciting new airports being constructed worldwide. And also, about new airports expansions in 2019.

Istanbul Airport – Turkey

IATA: IST

ICAO: LTFM

The massive new Istanbul Airport opened on October 29, 2018. But the big Switch from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport happened on 6 April 2019. Expected to become the world’s busiest airport, the construction of the new Istanbul Airport will be carried out in four phases. The buzz around the new Istanbul Airport is being created for quite a few months now. The design of the airport with its tulip-shaped control tower won the first prize in the “Future projects — Infrastructure” category at the 2016 World Architectural Festival in Berlin.

The good news for business aviation is Istanbul Atatürk Airport will now exclusively be a general aviation airport, it will be available for Cargo, Maintenance/technical flights, general aviation, Air taxi, Business flights, State aircraft and other flights permitted by Authority.

Jewel Changi at Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore

IATA: SIN

ICAO: WSSS

The much-awaited Jewel Changi, a futuristic shopping and airport facilities complex, opened in Singapore Changi Airport on 17th April 2019. Jewel Changi, a mall like retail hub, includes the 130 feet world’s tallest indoor waterfall, an indoor a multi-level jungle with walking trails, a movie theatre, and more. Take a sneak peek Inside Singapore Changi Airport’s new ‘Jewel’. The 1.25-billion-dollar project, Jewel Changi, will connect the airport’s terminals making it the central hub of Changi Airport.

Murcia Corvera Airport – Spain

IATA: RMU

ICAO: LEMI

The Murcia Corvera Airport , officially called as Región de Murcia International Airport opened in January 2019 in Spain. The airport after being inaugurated by King Felipe VI of Spain, replaced the military San Javier airport and is now the region’s hub. The 561 million-dollar airport is located between Murcia and Cartagena.

Beijing Daxing International Airport – Beijing, China

IATA: PKX

ICAO: ZBAD

China set to become the largest aviation market in the world by 2022 is building 8 new airports every year. One of the most awaited one is Beijing Daxing International Airport expected to open on 30 September 2019. The airport like Istanbul Airport aims to be one of the largest and busiest in the world. Test flights Beijing Daxing International Airport starts flying from 16 May 2019. This much-needed airport in China will be the second international gateway for Beijing, along with Beijing Capital International Airport. The airport will have seven runways, with one 700,000 sqm terminal designed by Zaha Hadid.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport – New Orleans, USA

IATA: MSY

ICAO: KMSY

Another important airport expansion project is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport ‘s new modern north terminal. The much-awaited 1 billion-dollar terminal will revamp the look of the New Orleans Airport. The terminal will have 35 gates and a consolidated security checkpoint for a smooth airport passage. The opening of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport ‘s north terminal is delayed till fall this year.