Airport Industry Review: Issue 18

In this issue: The future of US ATC services, Nepal’s new airport, Oslo’s jet biofuel hub, rising airport charges in Europe, the role of airports in anti-smuggling efforts, the UK’s VAT controversy and more.


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Oslo Airport has become the first international hub to offer jet biofuel to all airlines through its normal supply mechanism. We take a look at the project to find out whether it could be the breakthrough the emerging market of aviation biofuels has been waiting for.

With plans to privatise ATC services in the US caught up in a political storm, we investigate the proposed reform and find out what it will mean for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization.

Also in this issue, we take a look at Nepal's plans to strengthen trade and tourism with a new airport in Pokhara, investigate the industry's response to the sharp rise in European airport charges over the past years, and look into the review of the UK's tax policies launched after retailers were accused of pocketing tax savings.

Plus, we explore the role of airports as a line of defence against ivory smuggling, hear about new elevator technology designed for airports, and find out if NFC chips and implants could find a role in passenger handling in the future.

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In this issue

Change is in the Air
As plans to privatise ATC services in the US get caught up in a political storm, Jerome Greer Chandler explores what the future will hold for the FAA's Air Traffic Organization.
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Nepal's Strategic Priority
Forty years after the idea was born, a soft loan from China has seen Pokhara Airport break ground. Rod James asks why, as well as strengthening the Nepalese economy and the local tourism trade, the project says a lot about the changing nature of power in the region.
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Taking Charge
New data commissioned by lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) reveals that charges at Europe's 21 largest airports have increased 80% over the past decade - at a cost of €5.4bn to passengers. Julian Turner talks to Aage Dünhaupt of A4E about the campaign to reform the Airport Charges Directive.
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Bioports Take Off
Oslo Airport has become the world's first airport to offer jet biofuel through its normal supply mechanism. Eva Grey asks what this breakthrough will mean for the future of aviation biofuels.
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Skin Deep
Last year digital technology consultant Andreas Sjöström became the first person to pass through airport security and board a flight using only an NFC chip in his hand. Gary Peters explores the significance of this experiment.
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Moving On Up
As airports get ready to accommodate ever greater numbers of travelers, Thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck tells us how new technologies are helping to make passenger handling more efficient.
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Tackling the Ivory Trade
With poaching and ivory trafficking at its highest level in 25 years, an international effort is required to combat illicit wildlife smuggling. Eva Grey discovers how airport security, customs, airlines and governments are now scaling up efforts to stamp out this increasingly sophisticated organized crime.
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The Great VAT Scandal
Last year a report uncovered that some airport retailers were failing to pass on savings from VAT relief to passengers. Now, retailers are bracing themselves for a highly anticipated UK Government review. Gary Peters finds out more.
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Next issue preview

Winter is a tricky time for airport operations and predicting and reacting to incoming snow or ice quickly is essential - but as the saying goes, you can't predict the weather. Or can you? We take a look at advanced weather forecast systems and find out how cold climate airports prepare for the season.

Also in the next issue, we review the ATC safety issues currently being investigated at Amsterdam Schiphol, explore the risks of security loopholes in baggage handling, and speak to Dallas / Fort Worth about its climate agenda, the first in the US to be recognised with a Climate Leadership Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, we find out how a new initiative is working to reduce disease transmission at airports, and check out the emerging trend of book swap and lending services for travellers.

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