“I want to make sure that airport survives. I will do what I can,” said new Prime Minister Liz Truss, following confirmation from The Peel Group that after years of trouble, Doncaster Sheffield Airport is now set for closure.

But the PM  hasn’t been able to intervene, with the airport now winding down operations. In this issue, we explore what went wrong, and ask if this is a sign of things to come for other regional airports in the country.

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Further south, Gatwick Airport has published a report looking at the economic benefits the airport brings to the local area, and how to further harness this output by creating an airport economic zone. We learn more about the boost to the region.

Elsewhere, The Airspace Change Organisation Group has published a new environmental strategy as part of the journey to modernise UK airspace. We find out how this will contribute to its Jet Zero strategy.

And across the pond, the Biden Administration has published a new plan focusing on the role of sustainable aviation fuel in the future of US aviation. We look inside the SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap.

For this, and much more, read on. Don’t forget to follow us @Airport_Mag as well.

Peter Nilson, editor

In this issue

Inside ACOG’s new UK airspace strategy

The Airspace Change Organisation Group has published a new environmental strategy as part of the journey to modernise UK airspace. Peter Nilson explores what’s inside the new plan and why it’s been created.

What’s inside Biden’s new SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap?

As part of the US’s climate goals, the Biden Administration has published a new plan focusing on the role of sustainable aviation fuel in the future of US aviation. Kirstie Pickering explores the key takeaways from the roadmap.

Last call for Doncaster Sheffield: the cause of the airport’s closure

After years of trouble, Doncaster Sheffield Airport is the latest UK regional airport to close. Luke Christou explores what went wrong, and if this is a sign of things to come for other regional airports in the country.

Gatwick’s AEZ plans to boost the regional economy

Gatwick Airport is striving to articulate an identity created from the region’s economic attributes. Jasleen Mann explores how the airport and supporting economy can be harnessed to give a boost to the local region.

Call for a UK domestic flight ban – but that’s unlikely

Banning UK short-haul domestic flights may be good for the environment, but such a move lacks government support. Despite similar moves on the continent, Peter Nilson argues that the UK railway isn’t a viable alternative yet.

How airlines can navigate the payments landscape

Luke Christou talks with Kristian Gjerding, CEO of payment orchestration firm CellPoint Digital , about the ever-changing landscape of payments that airlines face.

Next issue preview

This year will see an unusual mid-season break for the world of football, as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is set to take place this winter.

1.2 million people are expected to visit the country for the tournament, and the majority will be travelling by plane.

In our next issue, we look at how Qatar has been preparing its aviation infrastructure to handle the massive influx of people flying in during the 28-day event.

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