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NIA runway and terminal block construction to start next month

Tata Projects is set to commence the construction of Noida International Airport’s (NIA) runway and primary terminal building in August 2022.

The work is scheduled to be completed in the next 25 months, with plans to commission the terminal building and the 3,900m long runway by October 2024.

Tata Projects expected to develop various airside infrastructure, roads, utilities, and landside facilities in addition to the terminal and runway.

The company aims to complete the entire airport project, which will be operated by Zurich AG under a 40-year concession, in four stages within 2061.

SNC-Lavalin wins contract for PNS

Project management company SNC-Lavalin has received a contract for the delivery of programme management and design criteria professional services to Pensacola International Airport in Florida, US.

As part of the $8m contract, which has a term of around three years, the firm will assist City of Pensacola, the airport owner and operator, in concluding Project Titan Element 2.

Worth $146m, this project is a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility development programme. Project Titan Element 2 covers the development of two MRO hangars, administrative office space and a support services centre.


UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps comments on the British Government's new 'Jet Zero' strategy:

“We want 2019 to be remembered as the peak year for aviation emissions. From now on, it should all be downhill for carbon emissions – and steadily uphill for green flights.

“The UK is setting an example of the ambition needed to tackle climate change, and the Jet Zero Strategy provides a clear path to building a greener aviation sector for generations to come. 

“Rather than clipping the sector’s wings, our pathway recognises that decarbonisation offers huge economic benefits, creating the jobs and industries of the future making sure UK businesses are at the forefront of this green revolution.”

Willie Walsh, IATA Director General, warns that premature return to pre-pandemic slot use rules risks continuing disruption:

“The chaos we have seen at certain airports this summer has occurred with a slot use threshold of 64%. We are worried that airports will not be ready in time to service an 80% threshold by the end of October.

"It is essential the member states and parliament adjust the commission’s proposal to a realistic level and permit flexibility to the slot use rules.

"Airports are equal partners in the slot process, let them demonstrate their ability to declare and manage their capacity accurately and competently and then restore the slot use next summer.”