Airport Industry Review: Issue 22

In this issue: A new ATC for Europe, lie detection robotic kiosks, a first look at the Navya autonomous shuttle, JFK Airport’s upgrade, addressing mental health issues among pilots, Southend’s new routes, and more.


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The first operational version of 4-FLIGHT, an EU initiative designed in response to the increase in air traffic in Europe, is under preparation in Marseilles, where the first tests with live traffic will be held this year. We catch up with the programme to learn more about the technology and its implementation.

In security developments, we find out more about a new robotic kiosk that could help detect travellers with hostile intentions and, following the mass shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, ask whether a bill to allow concealed weapons for citizens in unsecured parts of Florida’s airports could make facilities safer.

We also take a closer look at JFK Airport’s $10bn upgrade which will increase its passenger load to 75 million by 2030, inspect Vienna Airport’s ‘secret gallery’, explore London Southend Airport’s twelve new European routes due to open in May, and find out why mental health issues seem to be prevalent in the industry.

In this issue

A New ATC for Europe
An EU initiative designed in response to spiralling air traffic volumes in Europe has delivered its first operational system in France. Eva Grey finds out more about 4-FLIGHT, which is currently undergoing testing in Marseilles.
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Robotic Detection
A San Diego State University professor has developed a robotic kiosk that could help detect travellers with hostile intentions. Gary Peters asks whether this could be the next wave of airport security.
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Safer with Guns
The mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport in January has emboldened calls by pro-gun politicians to allow concealed-carry weapons for citizens in unsecured parts of Florida’s airports. Chris Lo asks could guns really make airports safer?
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JFK’s Vision Plan
In January, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $10bn plan to revamp JFK Airport. Jerome Greer Chandler takes a closer look at the project.
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Vienna’s Secret Gallery
A new project at Vienna’s International Airport mixes contemporary illustration with traditional motifs in a clash of colour that’s bound to impress passengers. Eva Grey takes a look.
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Southend Steps Up
Southend Airport, London’s smallest air hub, is set to open twelve new European routes in May, introducing flights to Milan, Prague, Venice and other premier destinations. Gary Peters finds out more.
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Addressing Mental Health
Hundreds of commercial airline pilots currently flying may be clinically depressed, a recent study has found. The findings signal the need to tackle stigma and better support pilots dealing with mental health issues. Eva Grey reports.
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Next issue preview

According to reports, President Trump is in favour of privatising the US air traffic control system. We find out whether this is likely to happen, and investigate the arguments for and against privatisation.

In passenger service developments, we take a look at some of the world’s most customer-friendly airports, find out more about Navya, the autonomous airport shuttle, as it prepares to hit the tarmac at Christchurch International Airport, and examine Australia’s plan to replace paper ID with biometric technology that recognises faces, irises and fingerprints.

We also find out more about a new Australasian industry group that aims to advocate public policy issues in the aviation sector, and take a closer look at the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, which is developing technologies to reduce emissions and noise levels from aircraft.

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