All articles by Patrick Kingsland

Patrick Kingsland

The challenges of funding ground handling operations at UK airports

At a time of already tight margins, airports have got to invest money in new equipment to meet the demands of tomorrow – money they may not have. Daniel Bailey, managing direction of Arkle Finance shares his thoughts on the finance options open to airport operators and service companies in an ever-changing financial landscape.

Breaking the curse: will Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally open in 2020?

Initially set to be opened in 2011, Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s long overdue inauguration is now expected for next year, with operators reportedly assigning terminals to different airlines. Could 2020 be the year that breaks the spell for this famously cursed airport?

Developing autonomous baggage handling tech

Dutch logistics automation specialist Vanderlande achieved a significant milestone for its future-proof baggage logistics solution, FLEET beginning live operations at Rotterdam the Hague Airport in November last year. How does the technology work and how could real-world experience help shape the automated baggage handling systems of the future?

Europe’s airports in 2018: talking points from a year of massive growth

Last year saw 136.6 million additional passengers at Europe’s airports, with the top five alone welcoming an additional 16.5 million passengers. Based on data provided by ACI Europe, what are the main talking points from an epic year of air travel in Europe?

An urgent call to optimise European airspace

European airlines have called on the EU to radically reform air space architecture and unlock more efficient routes. A declaration signed by A4E, airlines, partner associations and Eurocontrol argues that doing so would deliver faster routes, improve punctuality and cut CO2 emissions. But what needs to happen for this to become a reality?

From making honey to restoring wetlands: ecological projects at airports

From a project to revive local wetlands in Sydney, to Dublin Airport selling homemade honey, here are some of the most interesting ecological projects being supported by airports around the world.

Beyond efficiency: exploring airport designs of the future

The North Carolina State University College of Design collaborated with architecture firm Fentress Architects to develop five futuristic airport design concepts for different global locations. Could they point the way to a new era of airport concepts in the future?