Peru's stunning Machu Picchu in the early morning

This week: new airport for Machu Picchu & more

And again it’s been another week of full airport news related inboxes. This week we received airport news from Peru, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the USA and from Australian and Singaporean airlines.

Let’s start with the airlines: First up was the Australian carrier Qantas that made headlines. The Age Newspaper reported on Tuesday that [the airline] has stood down two pilots who had a heated argument in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 jumbo on the tarmac at Dallas’ international airport (DFW). According to the article it has emerged that [a] captain and a second officer on a 747-400 had an argument over the take-off calculations they should be punching into the passenger jet’s computer system.

The other airline news was a lot more positive and came from Singapore Airlines: The Herald Online reported that
Singapore Airlines is set to redefine their airport lounge experience. According to the article the new design concept will be rolled out progressively to the Airline’s lounges from the middle of next year. The SilverKris Lounge at Sydney Airport (SYD) will be the first to be fitted out with the new design concept.

Moving on to South America where this week we learned from the BBC that Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has unveiled plans for a new airport near Cusco which he says will boost tourism to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the surrounding region. The government will invest $460m (£290m) in the project, the President stated in the article.

Staying on that side of the planet, but moving a few thousand kilometers north – to Mexico – where this week we read in the Huffington Post that Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 officers assigned to security details at the Mexico City International Airport (MEX) in the wake of the June 25 shooting deaths of three federal policemen killed by fellow officers believed to be involved in trafficking drugs through the terminal. That’s quite a replacement if you ask us!

Moving on to our Irish friends Ryanair: According to a FOX Business report Ryanair said it has held discussions with a number of parties that are interested in bidding for Stansted (STN) and has been asked to consider acquiring a minority stake of less than 25% as part of a consortium. The budget airline is the main user of the airport, which is situated to the northeast of London, and offers two-thirds of total seat capacity flying to and from the airport. This news follows a decision by the British Airport Authority BAA (owner of London Heathrow) to sell the airport after a court ruling (we wrote about it).

Finally to our last news of the week: Have you ever asked yourself which airport in Europe is the grumpiest of them all? No? Well, let us quote the Mirror that ran a story this week revealing some insights about exactly this question: According to the article which refers to the Skyscanner survey, Paris (CDG) was voted the rudest airport in Europe, with a score of just 4.86 points, followed by Moscow (5.03 points) and Istanbul (5.91). Europe’s friendliest airport was Copenhagen (CPH).

That’s all we have for this week – safe travels everyone!

[Photo of Machu Picchu from Wikipedia - some rights reserved]