Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we find out what the rollout of 5G technologies will mean for airports, find out how Istanbul Airport is leading the charge against Covid-19, and investigate the future of autonomous baggage handling technologies with Vanderlande and Eindhoven Airport.

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In this issue


Istanbul Airport: leading the charge against Covid-19
Istanbul Airport recently became the first airport in the world to be accredited under Airport Council International’s Airport Health Accreditation Scheme. As the airport’s CEO Kadri Samsunlu explains to Adele Berti, the scheme is playing a crucial role in Istanbul’s bid to attract passengers back to flying.
Covid-19: how are London’s airports weathering the storm?
In the UK, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all industries but aviation has been hit particularly hard. With airports all around the country witnessing huge economic losses, how are the capital’s six airports coping? Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out.


Getting connected: how will airports benefit from 5G?

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How will the implementation of 5G networks change airports and the passenger experience, and will it help the industry to recover from the global Covid-19 pandemic? Frances Marcellin takes a look at five areas where 5G could benefit airports in the future.


Open architecture: a new vision for airport security

Airport operators, regulators and government departments from around the world have come together to promote open architecture airport security in a joint whitepaper. What does open architecture mean in the context of airport security, and how can it be achieved without jeopardising passenger safety or sensitive data? Chris Lo finds out.


Q&A: how monitoring mobile phone signals can keep airports safe with Revector

UK-based technology company Revector is using digital signatures from mobile devices to detect potential security threats in airports. As CEO and founder Andy Gent explains to Adele Berti, this enhanced monitoring offers great potential in the aviation industry.


Volume control: is the UK doing enough to mitigate aviation noise?

The UK’s Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) recently published a report urging airports to clarify how they monitor, collate and distribute noise data, and to better engage with those communities most affected by it. Julian Turner talks to ICCAN head commissioner Rob Light.


Solar power: the future of airport infrastructure

As energy demand continues to grow around the world, some airport operators have turned their attention skyward, and not to view the aircraft leaving and arriving. Andrew Tunnicliffe takes a look at how solar power is fast becoming the next big thing in airport infrastructure.


Inside Eindhoven’s testbed for autonomous baggage solutions

At Eindhoven Airport, tech provider Vanderlande has begun testing advanced baggage handling solutions, from image recognition technology to autonomous vehicles. Frances Marcellin spoke to Vanderlande and Eindhoven Airport to find out why the airport makes such a good testbed and highlight some of the innovations being trialled.


Next issue

As this testing year comes to a close, airports and airlines are looking for reasons to be cheerful. Our team of writers comes together to submit what the industry has to look forward to in 2021.

Covid-19 will continue to be a hot topic in the year ahead, and we ask where airports are on the path towards providing speedy testing methods that can safely identify the disease in passengers without jamming up security lines.

We find out what the UK Government’s move away from tax-free shopping will mean for airports in the country, and also ask whether so-called nowhere ‘flights to nowhere’ – a concept being launched by Singapore Airlines – might be a viable counter to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Finally in our December issue: we look back at cutting-edge aircraft concepts announced this year, speak to Israel Aerospace Industries about integrating drones into civil aviation operations, and find out about San Francisco Airport’s mission to make its terminals quieter for passengers.

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