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Technology is making life easier for air traffic controllers, with automation set to play a key role. The FAA’s NextGen programme will provide increased automation and decision support tools to ATC specialists, which could one day mean they are no longer involved in controlling every flight. We examine major automation projects and ask what problems automation could solve in the future.

In security, we speak to Unisys about its plans to supply cybersecurity technology across 400 US airports, and find out more about the latest trend of flight sharing, which involves sharing the costs of private flights between a licensed pilot and their passengers.

Finally, we talk to some of the winners of the ACI Airport Service Quality customer satisfaction survey, map out some of the most exciting African airport projects set to drive air industry growth across the continent, and profile Mexico’s new airport, which is set to be the country’s most expensive endeavour in a century.

In this issue

Insecurity: the impact of cyberattacks on airport scanners
Despite airports being incredibly secure environments, cyberattacks could make screening systems useless and create a potentially deadly threat. Elliot Gardner takes a closer look at the looming cyber threat.
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The role of automation in air traffic control
A wave of automated technologies is helping make air traffic control operations safer and more efficient, but how exactly do these technologies work? Joe Baker reports.
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Flight sharing: Europe and US at odds over industry
Flight sharing is an increasingly popular way to travel, with new platforms popping up to connect passengers with pilots. But while the European market is growing, in the US obstructive regulation​​​ is weighing down start-ups, as Eva Grey reports.
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Sky high: measuring customer satisfaction at airports
The results of the ACI Airport Service Quality customer satisfaction survey make interesting reading. Adele Berti finds out more from Antoine Rostworowski, deputy director general, programmes and services at ACI World.
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Mapping Africa’s biggest airport projects
Airport development is surging across Africa, with IATA projecting a 5.1% growth in passenger numbers across the region by 2035. Eva Grey explores the most exciting projects set to drive further growth across the continent.
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Mexico: ambitious airport plans hang on a knife edge
Currently under construction, Mexico City’s New International Airport is the country’s most expensive endeavour in a century. But with the country’s new President threatening to call time on the project, what could Mexico stand to lose? Joe Baker finds out.
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Inside San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal 1
San Francisco International Airport has revealed the first images of its Terminal 1 renovation project, which is to be completed by 2022. As construction works begin at the Californian hub, Adele Berti explores how the terminal will look in four years’ time.
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Next issue

The European Commission recently lifted a long-standing ban on Indonesian air carriers, more than a decade after the country was blacklisted under the EU Air Safety List. Meanwhile, the commission also announced a new system to prevent unsafe aircraft from entering European airspace. We analyse how the EU gauges the safety of airlines, and how Indonesia managed to drastically improve its record.

We also speak to the IATA to find out what the major concerns are with regards to the privatisation of airports, take a closer look at Dubai International’s decision to use Siemens’ data analytics and smart building technology to guarantee energy savings, and look into the case against expansion at Jersey Airport over an appeal against airfield noise management.

Finally, we profile a project at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, which is using Neste’s renewable jet fuel to reduce its carbon footprint, and investigate the black holes of security oversight at airport terminals.