The Dubai International Airport could shut down to re-route traffic to the Al Maktoum hub, which is under construction and will open this month with double the airport's expected capacity. Dubai Airports says it won't keep the current site if operating two hubs hurts flights, and may find an alternative use for the real estate. "What we're trying to work out right away is whether there'll be an impact on capacity at Dubai International if we continue to operate two airfields," said Paul Griffiths, CEO. "We might end up with a situation where two give you less capacity than if you concentrate all your operations on a single airport. If that turns out to be the case, clearly we won’t be operating two."
Philadelphia International Airport will open several new shops and restaurants on Tuesday in Terminal F. The offerings include a tavern called Local, which features a menu created by celebrity chef Jose Garces. The terminal is undergoing a $127 million expansion.
Lufthansa has begun a pilot program for a new overbooking policy that applies to first-class tickets. Typically, airlines overbook seats in economy and business class to ensure spaces are full in the event of no-show fliers. Other airlines exclude first class seats from overbooking to avoid upsetting their most lucrative fliers, but the German carrier is giving it a go on some flights.
In a move to simplify travel, Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden will install an automated bag drop at the hub and roll out more at other Swedavia airports over the next year. Passengers can retrieve luggage tags at automated machines in the airport, its parking areas and some area train stations; then they scan the tag at the counter, follow instructions on a touch-screen and drop off the luggage.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Stockholm Arlanda Airport have said they are interested in the electric, driver-less pod transport system at London's Heathrow Airport. Ultra Global PRT, which created and runs the system, says a few American airports have also expressed interest in the pod system.