18 of the World’s Strangest Airports

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Kansai International Airport – Osaka, Japan

Engineers tasked with building an airport are faced with countless challenges: The ideal location needs ample space, endless flat ground, favorable winds and great visibility. But spots in the real world are rarely ideal, and engineers are forced to work with what they have, making sure that the end product is the safest possible structure for pilots. A survey of airports around the world turns up a mixed bag, ranging from dangerous and rugged landing strips to mega-size facilities that operate like small cities. Here, PM explores the world’s most remarkable airports and why they stand out.  (Pics)

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Airport Authority of India Planning to Upgrade Over 500 Airports Within Next 12 Years

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Jammed airports are a way of life in India, but the government is finally getting serious about improving the rickety transportation infrastructure.

India has a total of 454 airports (including grass runways), of which 16 have international status. Of these, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns and operates 97. The AAI has stated it aims at upgrading all of these as well as adding new locations to better unify the country within the next 12 years. This requires infrastructure investment in terminals, runways and related construction to full operational and passenger capability at over 500 airports. The government has stated several times its intention to attract private investment into this sector, and many domestic and multinational players have been showing interest in the projected growth of India s aviation sector. Much of this is within airport development and management. Some of these include India s private airlines, among them Jet, Sahara, Kingfisher, Deccan, and Spicejet, who collectively account for about 60 percent of India s domestic passenger traffic.

 

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Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing

 

Sony Cybershot G3 Camera Offers Direct Web Browsing 

 Sony Cybershot G3

The Sony Cybershot G3 is a true first. It boasts direct web browsing from the camera via WiFi. The camera can upload photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot via its built-in Web browser. It comes with complimentary AT&T WiFi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page all the way up until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including participating coffee shops, some bookstores and quick-serve restaurant locations, plus hundreds of upscale hotels and airports. Some specs on the camera include a dedicated WLAN button, direct links to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums; video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion.

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China to Add 97 Airports in 12 Years

China to Add 97 Airports in 12 Years

A second international airport in Beijing, construction of which will begin before 2010, is just one of 97 to be built in China before 2020, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) said in its latest airport development plan.

According to the plan, which covers the years up to 2020, the number of airports nationwide will increase to 192 by 2010, and to 244 by 2020. At the end of 2006, there were 147, including 45 used for both civilian and military purposes.

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