London Heathrow named host airport of the 2012 Olympic Games

Surprise, surprise: Heathrow named London 2012 airport

Tomorrow in one year will be London Heathrow’s busiest day in its history. That day, the 13th August 2012 is the day after the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games. Unsurprisingly today now Heathrow (IATA: LHR; LD hub page) was announced as “host airport” of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Newark Liberty International Airport from the Air

This week: worst airport named, new arrival service & all lights out

This week we received airport news from around the world. Well, surely you would expect that but it isn’t always the case as the US is by far the most dominant source of (juicy) airport news. Actually, let’s start with the US and then make our way eastwards: The Wall Street Journal this week published a report compiled by the Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics about the timeliness of US airports. Of the 100 most-delayed flights over the past year, 40 come and go from Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR) making it the worst airport for punctuality.

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More Excitements Coming Soon!

What’s to come

At LateDeparture we always strive to bring you fresh airport reviews as this clearly is the essence of the site. But no reviews without travels. We also embrace strict guidelines not to write desk based reviews. So definitely no reviews without travels. Don’t worry though as we’re now embarking on a little trip around the globe and cover many new airports and revisit others. Here’s what’s to come:

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Cash missing? Who will be paying for all the airport upgrades?

This week: out of cash, sick pilots and strange smells

Yes, we admit it, we’re one day late with our weekly airport round-up. So without further ado, let’s get right into it: This week, dozens of airport construction projects across the USA have been put on hold as the government failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration running, wrote Passenger Terminal Today. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the FAA’s operating authority expired, forcing a partial shutdown of the agency. This has meant dozens of stop-work orders were issued last weekend on projects throughout the country.

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Strange Fruit performing at Changi Airport, Singapore

A different kind of aerial show at Changi airport

Aerial displays are something all airports are good at, well, at least if you classify the graceful starts and landings of aircraft as such. Now Changi Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; LD reviewed) put up a whole different kind of aerial show: To publicise their Changi Millionaire draw, the airport invited Strange Fruit, a world-renowned Australian performing arts company, to perform at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 last Friday.

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Naco's Managing Director Rik Krabbendam presents the winning master plan

Interview with NACO’s managing director about Beijing New International Airport

In 2017 the Beijing New International Airport (BNIA) will open for business and will then become the world’s largest airport in terms of aircraft movements. Clearly such a large airport needs an extraordinary master plan. NACO, a Dutch airport planning company recently won the design for the master plan – we wrote about it in our weekly news. We now have the chance to speak to NACO’s managing director, Rik Krabbendam to ask him a few more questions.
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Royal Thai Air Force's Boeing 737

This week’s airport events: Cyclists beat plane,impounded B737

It’s been a very average week in terms of airport news from around the world. But don’t you worry, we wouldn’t be here if we couldn’t find juicy news for you even in a story drought. Actually, there was no shortage of airport news from one corner of the planet this week: Los Angeles. That’s because this weekend the main transit road from the city to the airport, the I-405 freeway was partially closed for demolishing an overpass. We wrote about it last week.

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WindowSeat App - available now

App review: Follow your flight path with ‘WindowSeat’


Ever starred out of your window on a flight and asked yourself what those interesting looking landmarks are? If so then you surely discovered that with your mobile phone in flight mode, a quick Google query is out of the question and the airline’s flight information system won’t really reveal much either, there’s not much you can do. Or is there?

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