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PER to begin baggage screening system upgrades

Perth Airport (PER) in Australia is set to initiate a A$13m ($93m) upgrade to its checked baggage screening system across all terminals.

The new security screening equipment will be introduced under the federal government’s mandate to reinforce the country’s domestic and international aviation security.

By using 3D technology, the new X-ray machines will help in detecting suspicious items in passengers’ checked luggage.

RIX announces medium-term development plan

Latvia’s Riga International Airport (RIX) has unveiled its new medium-term development strategy until 2027, which entails more than €247m ($282.5m) in investment.

Under this strategy, the airport will invest in advanced and sustainable airport infrastructure and services. Its strategy will also focus on increasing passenger numbers and cargo turnover.

MEL plans to construct third runway

Melbourne Airport (MEL) in Australian has unveiled its plans to build a new 3,000m third runway at its facility.

Its new runway proposal will be showcased at a formal exhibition today and the community will be invited to offer their feedback until mid-May.

MEL intends to build the third runway parallel to the existing north-south runway, with an objective to increase the airport’s capacity by facilitating arrivals and departures. 


Commenting on the Toulouse declaration on decarbonisation, AOA Chief Executive Karen Dee said:

“Despite the devastating impact the pandemic has had on UK airports’ finances, airport leaders remain committed to our net-zero emissions by 2050 target.

“As we recover from the pandemic, there is a real opportunity to build back better and return to 2019 passenger levels while reducing environmental impacts.

“Government and industry need to work together to achieve this, with the recent government funding for the next stage of airspace modernisation a step in the right direction. The UK Government should use its planned Aviation Strategic Framework to outline how they will further support industry’s efforts.

“The AOA has set out that this should include a Green Airports Fund to help fund sustainability initiatives while airports’ finances recover from the significant losses of the last two years.”

Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, urges governments to further accelerate relaxation of travel restrictions:

“Momentum toward normalising traffic is growing. Vaccinated travellers have the potential to travel much more extensively, with fewer hassles than even a few weeks ago. 

"We need to further accelerate the removal of travel restrictions. While recent progress is impressive, the world remains far from 2019 levels of connectivity. Thirteen of the top 50 travel markets still do not provide easy access to all vaccinated travelers.

“Travel restrictions have not stopped the spread of the virus. And it is time for their removal as we learn to live and travel in a world that will have risks of Covid-19 for the foreseeable future.

"In nearly all cases, travelers don’t bring any more risk to a market than is already there. Many governments have recognised this already and removed restrictions. Many more need to follow,”