Airport Industry Review: Issue 25

In this issue: The economic argument for airport expansions, how airlines cope with extreme weather conditions, new gate delivery services being tested in the US, mobility solutions in airports, detecting counterfeit medicines, and more.


AIR October 2017

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Scientists and meteorologists have warned that as climate change brings more extreme weather conditions during winter, costs could rise for airports, which will likely increase ticket prices for customers. We find out more about the cost of keeping airports running during winter months, as extreme weather brings delays to flights and disruption for passengers.

We also look at a selection of new gate delivery services being tested in two US airports, as concessionaires face the universal problem of ‘gate anxious’ passengers, delve deeper into the economic importance of airports today and in the future, and talk to Thyssenkrup Access Solutions about the company’s latest mobility technology for airports.

Finally, we explore what airport authorities are doing to detect and deter counterfeit drugs being transported via air, as some £200bn worth of illegal medicine is smuggled across borders every year, and profile a new project that uses radar to detect and prevent dangerous drones at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

In this issue

Airport Economics
From London to Sydney, the primary argument for airport expansion is always economic. But how does a hub airport rake in money, and how does it trickle down into the wider economy? Eva Grey finds out.
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Winter of Discontent
Scientists and meteorologists have warned that climate change could be behind more extreme winter weather conditions. For airports and airlines, this could mean delays to flights and higher costs in the future, as Ross Davies reports.
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Superior Service
Airport concessionaires face a universal problem every day: passengers are unwilling to venture far from their gate before take-off. Jerome Greer Chandler investigates the problem and discovers what companies can do about it.
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Keeping Airports Moving
Not all airports are alike when it comes to mobility solutions. Abi Millar spoke to Inge Delobelle, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Access Solutions to find out more about the company’s technology.
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Catching Counterfeits
Counterfeit medicine rakes in $200bn a year globally and airports are a crucial link as these illegal drugs cross borders. Eva Grey finds out what airport staff can do to cut the supply chain.
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No More Near Misses?
US-based Dedrone has partnered with Airbus to produce a new, integrated drone detection and jamming system. Patrick Kingsland finds out whether these partnerships can help improve security in the industry
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Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics has won a contract to implement a cloud-based software platform to improve dnata’s air cargo operations at Dubai International Airport. We find out more about the benefits and challenges of cloud computing in air cargo operations.

We also consider whether ‘green’ bonds should be used to finance airport projects, learn more about Royal Schiphol Group’s plans to run its airport network entirely on wind power from 2018, and take a closer look at Lyon Airports partnership with Stanley Robotics to deploy robotic valets at France’s Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.

Finally, we investigate a new EU regulation that aims to tighten border security at European airports, after it caused significant delays to flights, and find out more about Airbus’s project to help redefine air traffic management.

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