Cuneo Airport is easy to reach from Piedmont and Liguria regions due to its very favourable geographic location and for being in the heart of the productive area and touristic region. Surrounded by the crow of the Alps, it's in a very special and beautiful position. Cuneo Levaldigi Airport has its historical roots at the end of Twenties, when in 1929 was born the Airport “Campo d’Aviazione di Fortuna”, with a surface of 75000 m2 and a grass runway. After the war the grounds were managed by the local famers until 1960 when the Aeroclub Provincia Granda got the permission to build the new airport. On October 1962, was born GEAC, the managing company of Cuneo Airport, due to a growing interest to develop the air traffic of the local institutions. The first actions of the new company are linked with a renewal program of expansion of the infrastructure and the runway. Since 1986 the Airport is officially open for the domestic commercial traffic by the Minister and since 1990 for the international traffic. In 1994 due to the upgrade of the fire brigade, aircraft up to 48 m are allowed to land. In 1997 a fire burnt most of the terminal, but in just one month the activity of the airport restarted. In 1998 GEAC spa started the executive project for the new terminal, who got finalized in 2004 with the inauguration of the present new Olimpica Torino – Cuneo Airport.
Giovanni Nicelli Airport is located in the prestigious setting of Lido of Venice, in the northern part of the island just ten minutes by boat from the city center. The air terminal, an example of perfectly preserved architecture, started in 1930s and solemnly inaugurated on 4 February 1935, is the oldest trading post in Italy. In 2014 the airport was included in the ranking of the ten most beautiful in the world by the BBC edited by Jonathan Glancey. Equipped with elegant interior spaces and large gardens and outdoor terraces, it is the ideal location for meetings and conferences, private dinners and events, exclusive parties, art exhibitions and film shoots. In 1915, with Italy's entry into the war against the Central Empires, the priceless artistic heritage of Venice was exposed to bombing by Austrian aircraft. The danger did not leave the French government indifferent, which proposed sending some fighters to protect the city. The offer was accepted by our staff and on 13 August of the same year, 36 men commanded by pilot captain Michel de Chalonge, left Lyon for the lagoon city who conducted 63 effective actions on strategic objectives. The initial deployment near Mestre proved unsuitable for timely interception of enemy aircraft before their arrival on the lagoon, thus making it necessary to search for a new base. With an original choice, the Navy Command, in charge of the Venetian stronghold, decided to create an airfield from the parade ground of the Fort of S. Nicolò al Lido. The space, enlarged with the demolition of some smaller buildings, demonstrated the feasibility of the project and on December 1st, after three months of work, the French squadron moved to the new headquarters, thus marking the birth of the Lidense airport, the current Nicelli. The choice was a happy one. The captain and his pilots, housed in the Hotel Paradiso, were often at the center of a worldly interest also favored by the excellent cuisine ensured by the four accompanying chefs. The department had illustrious visitors such as the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, the writer Celine, and an exceptional godmother, the charming Baroness Nicola Winspeare Guicciardi. Gabriele D’Annunzio will become a regular of the place while the high Venetian aristocracy will open up more and more to French pilots. The presence of Gabriele d'Annunzio at the Lido, who moved from the famous Casetta Rossa on the Grand Canal in Via Lepanto 24, to participate in the risky events of the Adriatic war, represents a historical fact not without charm which was not overlooked by the French aviators who knew the artistic and worldly successes of the poet in their country. A singular proof of this admiration can be found in an image of a Spad plane on the Lido field with the inscription “Perhaps that yes perhaps that no”, the title of a famous work by the poet. During his life in Lidense D'Annunzio also confirmed himself as a creative in the field of military art, contributing in an original and effective way to the daring and insidious guerrilla warfare to be conducted at sea and in the air which Tahon di Revel himself had announced. The presence of D'Annunzio on the Lido field, the current Nicelli, was assiduous and creative. Commander of a Caproni squadron he experimented for the first time in Italy with the use of land torpedo bombers until the needs of the war required the full use of the unit on the land front. The Air Torpedo Squadron, created to emulate the legendary strikes from the air landed by the MAS flotilla, will therefore become a bombing unit, also based at the Lido airport, reinforced with SIA 9B aircraft. In October, Commander D'Annunzio will change her name and motto: he will call her S. Marco and for the motto he will abandon the Latin of "sufficit animus" for the Venetian word of "tu con nu nu con ti".
Birmingham Airport has over 140 direct worldwide destinations, handles over 13 million passengers each year and is located in the heart of England! Minimising the impact of our operations has always been a priority for us. That's why we operate a range of procedures and schemes to ensure we're taking all practical steps to achieve this. Take a look at our Aircraft Noise pages to find out more about what we're doing. In 2016 we published our first Carbon Management Plan, which aimed to build on efforts to reduce our carbon emissions which have seen us achieve a 40% reduction since 2013. In early 2020, we began work on an updated high-level plan to reduce carbon emissions, but during the pandemic our priorities shifted to focus on immediate and direct carbon and energy reduction measures. Taking advantage of the unprecedented fall in traffic and passenger volumes, we examined our operations and infrastructure in detail, with the aim of eliminating as much carbon from our operations as possible. And we have been successful, reducing our emissions by approximately 1700 tonnes, or by 18%, in 2020/21, compared to the previous financial year. While we expect emissions to increase in line with passenger volumes as the recovery gets underway, we are determined that many of the measures we introduced in the pandemic will be extended in the long term, creating a more sustainable operation for the future. We're also fully engaged with the industry's efforts to decarbonise, supporting our partners in IATA, Sustainable Aviation and the Jet Zero Council to decouple the growth in aviation from the growth in emissions. This is being achieved through the development of carbon-efficient airport infrastructure, the introduction of fuel efficient operations, the drive for sustainable aviation fuels and the ultimate delivery of zero-emissions aircraft. We are committed to mitigating the negative impacts of operating an Airport in a densely populated region, but our ambitions go beyond this; we want to be a force for good by investing in the wellbeing of those communities impacted by our operations, many of which are in real need. Our ‘30-30-40’ policy targets investment into areas suffering from high levels of deprivation. We aim to ensure that 30% of all of our Community Investment, both direct and in kind, is directed towards east Birmingham, 30% towards north Solihull while the remaining 40% supports communities in other areas impacted by our operations. Air Quality in the area surrounding the Airport is affected by a wide range of emission sources, the most significant of which is road traffic pollution from local roads and the motorway network. However, Airport operations cause emissions which can also impact local air quality. Our aim is to ensure the Airport does not cause Air Quality emission exceedances in the region, and to work proactively to reduce emissions at the Airport.
Bram Fischer Airport located in Bloemfontein, Free State provides domestic passenger flights to Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and George through airlines Airlink, South African Airways, CemAir, Mango and South African Express, handling over 300,000 passengers a year. Cargo flights are also available to and from the airport. Bram Fischer Airport utilizes two asphalt runways over 2kms in length. The airport facilities include a tourist information desk, VIP passenger and business lounge and conference room, basic retail outlets available include a restaurant / coffee shop and ATMs. Car hire and airport shuttle services can be found at the airport terminal or booked online before arrival.bram fischer airport Formerly known as Bloemfontein Airport, established in 1961 and opened by former President CR Swart, it was later renamed after the renowned lawyer; Bram Fischer International Airport in 2012 by President Jacob Zuma The City Centre of Bloemfontein is 20KMs distance from Bram Fischer Airport, there is a wide variety of choice for accommodation in Bloemfontein that can be booked directly with establishments in the area. Bloemfontein is host to many tourist attractions, monuments and landmarks; there is also an array of history and war museums within the area. Bloemfontein has many lush and green parks which are available for communal use as a hangout spot. The local Botanical Gardens provides visitors with an abundance of flowers and several hundred different species of plants. Bloemfontein also has two Zoos which are home to various species of birds, primates and other exotic animals. Other notable sights to see in Bloemfontein which are open to the public is the Naval Hill Planetarium and Boyden Observatory which are used for international astronomical research and studies by Harvard University Bloemfontein meaning ‘Fountain of Flowers’ in English, was established in the 1800s is the capital city of The Free State Province and is the seventh largest city in South Africa. Bloemfontein is part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality which is home to a population of over 700,000 people. Being the judicial capital of the country, Bloemfontein is home to the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa and has a long political heritage in the country, both The National Party and African National Congress political parties were originally founded in Bloemfontein during the early 1900s.
Bristol Airport is South West England’s gateway to the world, with flights to over 110 destinations. Bristol Airport officially opened on 31 May by HRH Prince George, becoming only the third civil airport in the country. We are the ninth largest airport in the UK and England's third largest regional airport. Around 3,000 people work across our site, and our exciting development plans are creating new opportunities for people with a wide range of skills and specialisms. Serving our region with over 110 direct routes, we also act as an inbound gateway to the South West. Our airport is defined by our exceptional people, who have a passion for travel, a willingness to go the extra mile, and pride in operating our airport to the highest possible standards. Delivering a sustainable future for aviation is at the heart of our environmental approach. As a founder member of Sustainable Aviation, our plans for growing Bristol Airport minimise the environmental impact, while maximising the positive effect for Bristol – and beyond. Our aim? To be the UK’s most sustainable regional airport. In recent years Bristol Airport’s staff, business partners and passengers have raised over £250,000 for a variety of charities. This year Bristol Airport’s nominated local charity is Children’s Hospice South West.
Cape Town International Airport is the primary international airport serving the city of Cape Town, and is the second-busiest airport in South Africa and fourth-busiest in Africa. Cape Town International Airport is Africa’s most award winning airport! As Africa's 3rd largest airport it processes over 10 million passengers annually.It handles flights to several destinations in Africa, Europe and Asia. On the other hand, Cape Town Airport has also direct flights to Johannesburg and Durban and other places around South Africa. Cape Town Airport is located in Matroosfontein, approximately 12 miles (20 km) south-east from Cape Town city centre. Cape Town Airport has domestic and international terminals linked by a common Central Terminal were all check-in takes place, so it can be considered as a single terminal.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
East London Airport based in the Eastern Cape provides domestic flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth through airlines Airlink, Fly Safair, Kulula, South African Airways and South African Express. East London Airport handles over 600,000 passengers a year. East London Airport has two asphalt runways between 1.5Kms and 2KMs in length Facilities in the Airport Terminal building include Banks and ATMs, a tourist and information help desk, retail shops, and public telephones. East London Airport is fully disabled-friendly, access within the terminal building is made easier for disabled passengers with lifts, ramps and reserved disabled parking available for use. Car Hire services from East London airport are available from Europcar, Hertz, Tempest, Bidvest and First Car Rental. The airport was commissioned and established in 1927 by Lieut Colonel Alistair Miller and has been moved from its original location several times, until 1965 when it was renamed after former Transport Minister as Ben Schoeman Airport and made permanent residence in its current location. It was renamed back to East London Airport in 1994, since then major alterations have been made to the terminal building seeing a major influx of passengers and cargo being transported from the airport. East London Airport was voted the fastest growing Airport in South Africa during 2016 after seeing an increase in passenger and cargo traffic of 19% over the year. Being a coastal City, East London is situated within convenient travelling distance from popular local beaches; Nahoon Beach, Gonubie Beach and Orient Beach. East London offers many tourist attractions within close vicinity, such as; Museums, Private Game Reserves Parks, a Zoo, an Aquarium, Nature Trails and Art Galleries. East London, part of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is located coast of South Africa in the province of the Eastern Cape along the Indian Ocean and is home to a population of 755,000 residents.The primary spoken language is Xhosa but English is mostly understood within the region. East London is a major industrial city in South Africa, the predominant sector of industry being motor vehicle manufacturing and assembling, Mercedes-Benz export the majority of their right hand drive vehicles for international and local export from their East London plant.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, welcoming more than 14.7 million people through our doors in 2019. We’re also the 6th busiest airport in the UK. As the place Where Scotland Meets The World, we fly to more than 150 destinations and work with 40 airlines to welcome people to Scotland and take Scotland to the world. Directly employing around 750 staff with a further 7000 across the campus, Edinburgh Airport is owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a leading global, independent infrastructure investor. Edinburgh Airport hasn’t always looked the way it does today. We’ve been through some major milestones on the road to becoming the busiest commercial airport in Scotland. Here’s a quick tour of our history. Our story starts back in 1916 when the Turnhouse Aerodrome opened as a World War One military base. In 1918 the airfield became the RAF Turnhouse after the formation of the Royal Air Force. It wasn’t until the start of the Second World War that the first runway was built, after which the first commercial services launched in 1947. Fast forward to the 1970s and BAA takes control of Edinburgh Airport, with the first new terminal officially opened to the public by the Queen in 1977. In the decades to follow the airport continued to grow and develop, and in 2009 a Scottish Enterprise study revealed that the airport could boost Scotland’s economy by £867 million per year. In 2012 Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) took over ownership from the BAA. This lead to new routes, improved passenger facilities, and a multi-million-pound terminal expansion. Today, we’re the busiest airport in Scotland, flying to more than 150 destinations across the world.
Fireblade Aviation is an independently owned, state-of-the-art luxury Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at O.R. Tambo International Airport. As a purpose-built facility, we offer a seamless passenger and aircraft handling service for corporate and business flights. In addition to our full services terminal, we offer a charter division that caters to every client’s needs. Expect only the best. The inspiration and driving force behind Fireblade Aviation is our genuine passion for aviation. We have built our operations around our people. From our general manager, to our pilots and chief mechanic, to our owners and service staff. We are like-minded individuals who truly love what we do and are dedicated to deliver an exceptional level of personalised service. Our shared passion is for aviation and for South Africa. We provide our discerning clients with an unrivalled, hassle free travel experience from the start of the adventure through to the very end of the journey – our service levels rated the highest on the continent. Our compliment of services includes a combination of publicly available terminal facilities, including open and private lounges, showers, a gym, spa treatments and full-equipped meeting rooms. In addition, we are proud to offer a full aircraft charter service for those who need their African travel arranged in a safe, professional, efficient and friendly manner. Since our inception in 2014, we have built a formidable reputation for providing exceptional air charter, FBO and maintenance services. We strongly believe in the continuous evolution of our services, underscored by a dedication to integrity, to better cater to our clients’ diverse needs. Our success reflects the hard work and commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality of service excellence. Our crew facilities offer privacy and the opportunity to relax or prepare for flights in peaceful surroundings. Our attention to detail and dedication to providing personal service to every client sets our service standards apart. Together, we deliver a level of personal attention and aircraft handling that is beyond reproach.
George Airport located in the Western Cape provides domestic flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein through airlines Airlink, CemAir, FlySafair, Kulula, Mango and South African Express, the airport handles over 700,000 passengers a year. Cargo flights from George are also available. George airport is also base to AVIC Flight School who train student pilots for commercial flight. George airport has two asphalt runways available that are between 1km and 2kms in length. The airport terminal facilities include a tourist and information help desk, Banks & ATMs, a conference room and board room, retail shops, changing rooms, prayer facilities and public telephones. George Airport is fully disabled-friendly, access within the terminal building is made easier for disabled passengers with lifts, ramps and reserved disabled parking available for use. George Airport, formerly known as P.W. Botha Airport was established in 1977 and was built to be an exact replica of the Keetmanshoop Airport in Namibia, the building has since expanded vastly due to reaching its capacity. The town of George, formerly known as Georgetown was established in the 1800s in the Western Cape along the famous Garden Route was historically known for its long running Timber industry that played a major role in the establishment of the town. Being almost equidistance between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, George has become a popular, affluent holiday resort town which has administrative and conference centre facilities that have earned it the right as the commercial business hub of the Garden Route in The Cape.
Glasgow Airport is owned by AGS Airports Limited AGS Airports Limited is jointly held by Ferrovial (via Faero UK Limited) and AGS Ventures Airports Limited, an entity managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited. Derek Provan is the current CEO. Macquarie and Ferrovial have a long and successful history of partnering with each other across a number of infrastructure projects, with partnerships in airports including Bristol Airport and Sydney Airport. Both partners have developed extensive knowledge of aviation and have excellent contacts globally. With more than two decades of experience developing and owning essential infrastructure around the world, Macquarie partners with governments and communities to manage assets that underpin economies including roads, airports, utilities, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Managing investments on behalf of institutional investors, Macquarie is one of the world’s leading airport owners via its managed funds. Today, Macquarie leverages its deep operational and financial expertise to manage stakes in airports around the world (Aberdeen, Brussels, Cairns, Glasgow, Gold Coast, Hobart, Longreach, Mackay, Mount Isa, Perth, Southampton and Townsville). For more information visit www.macquarie.com Ferrovial has been associated with the aviation industry since 1998 and in that time has invested in 32 airports across the UK, Italy, Australia, Chile and Mexico, among other countries. For more information visit www.ferrovial.com With some 30 airlines serving over 100 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and the Gulf, Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub. Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.
Creating a company to conceive a new helicopter is much more than just a business venture. It demands long term vision with focus on the development of people and skills, and the creation of a technology oriented culture. First flight of the Cabri. A personal project for Bruno Guimbal to demonstrate new designs developed for Eurocopter next generation helicopters. In 2000 Helicopteres Guimbal is founded to design and certify a small helicopter equipped with sophisticated technology from larger helicopter types. In 2005 the Cabri G2 breaks 3 world records in its category. In 2007 Helicopteres Guimbal is awarded Design Organization Approval (DOA) by EASA. The Cabri G2 type certificate is delivered by EASA In 2008 the first Cabri G2 order received. Helicopteres Guimbal is awarded Production Organization Approval (POA) by EASA. Delivery of the Cabri Serial Number 1003 - New factory grand opening. In 2017 delivery of the 200th Cabri G2. In 2018 the first unmanned autonomous flight of VSR 700.
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Anyone can be a Heritage Ambassador. Help take our past into the future. Spread the word and generate revenue. Make heritage your business and earn with your passion for art and culture. ArtAcadia.org is an umbrella organization for everything pertaining to our heritage and respective cultures. Providing a platform for Heritage Ambassadors, to help take our past into the future. We are a passionate community that is compiling a comprehensive global directory and cultural map. Facilitating networking, training, work opportunities, events and marketplace.
Today, our team is made up of more than 700 passionate engineers, experts, and leaders, all focused on bringing our pioneering vision to life. We’re developing a world-class manufacturing facility in Marina, CA and have offices and workshops in Santa Cruz, San Carlos, Washington, D.C., and Munich, Germany. In the beginning, day and night, a small team of seven engineers worked out of “The Barn,” our workshop in the mountains above Santa Cruz. We explored the frontiers of technologies like electric motors, flight software, and lithium-ion batteries — engineering almost every component from the ground up. Beginning in 2012, Joby was selected to collaborate with NASA on several groundbreaking electric flight projects, including the X-57 and LEAPTech. After many years of subscale testing and analysis, we arrived at our current configuration and flew this subscale prototype for the first time. Our first full-scale prototype took to the skies in 2017. In 2019, our first production prototype began a rigorous flight testing program. In 2020, we agreed to a "G-1" certification basis for our aircraft with the FAA, laying a clear path to certifying our aircraft for commercial flights. The U.S. Air Force also granted its first ever eVTOL airworthiness approval to Joby as part of its Agility Prime program. With more than 1,000 test flights behind us, we're looking ahead to breaking ground on our first large-scale manufacturing facility later this year, certifying our aircraft in 2023, and starting commercial operations in 2024.
Kimberley Airport based in The Northern Cape provides regular domestic flights in South Africa between Cape Town Airport and O.R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. The airport is used predominantly by business travelers in South Africa. The Airport boasts two asphalt runways of 46 meters in width and 3 kilometers in length. Annually the Airport transports approximately 170,000 passengers across around 10,000 flights through airlines South African Express and Airlink Kimberley AirportThe Airport is located approximately 10KMs from the center of Kimberley. Car hire and airport shuttle services are available from the airport terminal and can be booked online. Accommodation in Kimberley can be booked directly through a variety of establishments nearby. There are many landmarks for sightseers in Kimberley, the most notable being The Big Hole of Kimberley which was formerly mined for Diamonds, it has now since become a popular tourist attraction and unique landmark. Other things to do in Kimberley include The Open Mine Museum, Mokala National Park, Kamfers Dam, The Oppenheimer Gardens, Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, William Humphreys Art Gallery and The Railway Museum The Kimberley is the largest city in the Northern Cape. Being Capital of the province, Kimberley has a rich mining heritage in South Africa dating back to the 1800’s. Similarly the aviation industry in Kimberley also has a long standing history that stems back to the early 1900s. In 1930 Kimberley Airport was at the time rated as having the best night time landing facilities in Africa. During the war Kimberley Airport was used for fighter pilots to train by the Union Defence Force.
Previously known as Louis Botha Airport (named after the South African statesman), Durban International Airport, was the major airport servicing the area of Durban until 2010. The Durban Airport opened in 1951 and carried the name Louis Botha Airport until 1994 – the year of the first democratic election held in South Africa. This election was won by the ANC and Nelson Mandela was elected the president of South Africa. This brought about many changes including the name Louis Botha Airport. It was known as Durban International Airport from 1994 onwards. The Durban airport saw a large volume of domestic flights but not as many international flights as the runway was too short for larger aircrafts to land. Due to this factor, Durban international Airport lost a lot of international flights. This was one of the major reasons for the change of location and upgrade that occurred in 2010. All operations seized at Durban International Airport and King Shaka International Airport, (located 60km north of Durban) became the primary airport servicing Durban. It was much larger and had a longer runway which could accommodate larger aircraft. Closely located near Durban beaches and a host of hotels in Durban, King Shaka International Airport is positioned ideally to make for a comfortable travel experience.
Gatwick Airport began life in 1930 as the Surrey Aero Club, a small flyers club, used exclusively by flying enthusiasts - however it did not stay this way for long. Four years later Gatwick was licensed as a public aerodrome, intended to provide regular air services to Paris and act as a relief aerodrome for London Croydon Airport. In this year Gatwick also gained its first scheduled flights – Hillman’s Airways to Belfast and Paris. The descendants of Hillman’s Airways still fly from Gatwick; though you might know them better as the company they later formed a part of - British Airways. Today, they have been joined by roughly 56 airlines flying to 228 destinations and carrying over 45 million passengers. We’ve come a long way since the 30s. Take a look below to see the key points in our journey from private aerodrome to RAF base to the busiest single-runway airport in the world. London Gatwick became an aerodrome back in the 1930s, but the airport we know today was officially opened on 9 June 1958 by Her Majesty The Queen. Over the last 60 years our airport has grown from just 186,000 passengers to over 46 million passengers in 2019. However, the global pandemic in 2020 saw international travel restricted and our passenger numbers fall to 10 million for the year.
In 1930, British aero engineer and aircraft builder Richard Fairey paid the Vicar of Harmondsworth £15,000 for a 150-acre plot to build a private airport to assemble and test aircraft. Complete with a single grass runway and a handful of hastily erected buildings, Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome was the humble precursor to the world’s busiest international airport, Heathrow. During World War II the government requisitioned land in and around the ancient agricultural village of Heath Row, including Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome, to build RAF Heston, a base for long-range troop-carrying aircraft bound for the Far East. An RAF-type control tower was constructed and a ‘Star of David’ pattern of runways laid, the longest of which was 3,000 yards long and 100 yards wide. Work demolishing Heath Row and clearing land for the runways started in 1944. However, by the time the war had ended the RAF no longer needed another aerodrome and it was officially handed over to the Air Ministry as London’s new civil airport on 1 January 1946. The first aircraft to take off from Heathrow was a converted Lancaster bomber called Starlight that flew to Buenos Aires. The early passenger terminals were ex‑military marquees which formed a tented village along the Bath Road. The terminals were primitive but comfortable, equipped with floral-patterned armchairs, settees and small tables containing vases of fresh flowers. To reach aircraft parked on the apron, passengers walked over wooden duckboards to protect their footwear from the muddy airfield. There was no heating in the marquees, which meant that during winter it could be bitterly cold, but in summer when the sun shone, the marquee walls were removed to allow a cool breeze to blow through. By the close of Heathrow’s first operational year, 63,000 passengers had travelled through London’s new airport. By 1951 this had risen to 796,000 and British architect Frederick Gibberd was appointed to design permanent buildings for the airport. His plan saw the creation of a central area which was accessed via a ‘vehicular subway’ running underneath the original main runway. The focal point of Gibberd’s plan was a 122ft-high control tower. There was also a passenger terminal called the Europa Building and an office block called the Queens Building. By 1961 the old terminal on the north side had closed and airlines either operated from the Europa terminal (later renamed Terminal 2) or the Oceanic terminal (now Terminal 3). Terminal 1 opened in 1969, by which time five million passengers a year were passing through the airport as the jet age arrived with Boeing 707s, VC10s and Tridents taking travellers from Heathrow to and from all parts of the world. The 1970s marked the decade when the world became even smaller thanks to Concorde and wide-body jets such as the Boeing 747. As the decade drew to a close, 27 million passengers were using Heathrow annually. Demand for air travel also created the need for another terminal, Terminal 4, which opened for business in 1986. Today Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport and the hub of the civil aviation world. Over 67 million passengers travel through the airport annually on services offered by 90 airlines travelling to over 180 destinations in over 90 countries. By the time Heathrow celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 it had handled around 1.4 billion passengers on over 14 million flights. The start of operations at Terminal 5 in March 2008 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Heathrow. The brand new Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal opened for business on 4 June 2014. The first airline to move in was United Airlines.
In 1998, London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) entered into a Concession Agreement for the management, operation and development of the airport with the local authority - Luton Borough Council (LBC). This agreement lasts until 2031 and LLAOL are wholly responsible for the airport during this time. Luton Airport's vision is to revolutionise the airport experience and deliver operational excellence, making air travel more accessible and enjoyable than ever before We want to grow to connect more people, countries and cultures by delighting our passengers with our passion and commitment to making travel accessible, easy and enjoyable. At Luton Airport We do everything we can to minimise our impact on the local community. LLA is committed to continuously improving its energy management and performance. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint and help our service partners to reduce theirs. We have a rigorous programme of Air Quality monitoring that helps us work out the airport’s contribution to local air emissions. We’ve recently linked our programme results to the data of surrounding Local Authorities and you can view their monthly online report. LLA is the fifth busiest airport in the UK and we know that the travel choices people make when getting to and from the airport can have a big impact on the environment. That’s why we’re championing the use of public transport for all our customers and staff.
In February 2013, Manchester Airport Group (MAG) acquired London Stansted Airport, with ownership and operations handed over in a seamless process, ensuring staff and passengers could take advantage of the airport facilities as usual. Find out more about Stansted's history and plans for the future. London Stansted Airport is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 18 million passengers a year. Many leading low-cost scheduled airlines have made Stansted their base. MAG now serves nearly 42 million passengers through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. Its property and facilities management arm, MAG Property, is responsible for the Group’s estate and also the development of Manchester’s Airport City. We support the UK Government's commitment to the principles of sustainable development in the aviation industry, striking a balance between economic, social and environmental considerations. MAG's overall strategic intent is to increase long term shareholder value by generating profitable growth, developing its assets and deploying efficient and customer focused operating processes throughout the business. More than just a regional success story, the Group’s airports and property business already contribute more than £3bn to the UK economy and support thousands of jobs. Acting as a gateway to the UK transport and road networks, London Stansted Airport's 24/7 cargo operation connects with the Greater London area and the Midlands, ensuring cargo operators a next level service which delivers 365 days a year. The aim of striking a balance between environmental impact and tapping into the economic growth of the area as a whole is the reason for a development outline for capitalising on ever increasing passenger numbers, providing a customer journey to savour in the coming years.
Manchester Airport, located within a 20 minute drive from central Manchester, is the main international gateway for the north of England and is the largest regional airport in the UK. The airport handled more than 13.5 million passengers during the first eight months of 2013, making it the third busiest in the UK. The Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) is the country’s largest UK-owned airport operator. We own and operate three airports - Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands. Our airports aren’t just popular, they’re multi-award-winning. Manchester Airport has won prestigious industry recognition for customer service, and holds the title of 'Best UK Airport'. We’re active and engaged in our local communities, with a positive approach to corporate responsibility. The Manchester Airports Group umbrella consists of the operations of Manchester Airport, alongside London Stansted and East Midlands. MAG Property and Cargo Operations also come under the remit of our brand, representing Manchester Airport as the global gateway to the North of England and beyond. Manchester Airport's cargo facility, the World Freight Terminal, is a community of more than 1,000 professionals managing freight-only aircraft as well as consignments that arrive or depart in the holds of passenger aircraft. The airport currently handles around 100,000 tonnes of import and export freight and mail annually.