First up, the UK government has announced that it has given the go-ahead for the world’s largest and longest network of drone superhighways to be built in the UK. The drone superhighway will link cities and towns throughout the midlands to the southeast of the country, with the option to expand the corridor to any other locations in the country.
Next, ENAIRE, the national air navigation service provider, and Aena, the airport manager, improved operations at the César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport with new satellite-based approach procedures at the runway 21 threshold.
By implementing the satellite-based navigation procedure, ENAIRE and Aena are increasing the efficiency of operations, as well as accessibility to the airport.
In airport news, Singapore's little-known Seletar Airport is hoping to emerge from the shadows as it eyes to become a busy hub for flying taxis in the region. Electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) have piqued the industry interest lately, with several aerospace companies looking to invest for future operations. And Singapore could be a crucial regional link in the category.
Finally, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced traffic figures of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for June 2022. During the month, the airport handled 295,000 passengers, representing a surge of 254.1% over June 2021 despite passenger volume remaining significantly below pre-pandemic levels. HKIA was also named “Airport of the Year 2022” at the World Air Cargo Awards hosted by Air Cargo Week.
If you're looking for more Radar Contact, check out the latest episode here. This week, we talked to Simona Frankova, the Managing Partner at NG Aviation, a small company from Slovakia, offering digital solutions for aeronautical stakeholders.
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