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A new study has revealed that airports with exceptional child-friendly services stand to gain commercially. As the pressure builds up for airports to cater for a younger demographic, we find out how some of them are implementing this strategy and what the benefits are.

On the brink of the cold season, we also review JFK’s new storm plan, released after the airport’s failure to content with storm Grayson, which wreaked havoc across its terminals at the start of this year.

In the UK, the decision to approve Heathrow Airport’s third runway expansion has created more questions than it answered. Here, we try to tackle the biggest of them all: what’s next for this controversial project?

We also talk to Air BP about its new airfield automation technology and find out whether airports could soon start setting up their own microgrids as a way to avoid disaster.

In this issue

My first airport: should aviation hubs do more to appeal to children?
Flying can still be a traumatic experience for children and families. Joe Baker finds out how airports are factoring a younger demographic into their designs and services, and what the potential commercial benefits are.
Read the article here.

Winter chaos: will JFK’s new storm plan be enough to prevent future failures?
Earlier this year, Port Authority officials unveiled the new winter storm plan for John F. Kennedy International Airport, after poor preparation in the face of a strong storm plunged JFK into a meltdown. Eva Grey explores the report’s recommendations.
Read the article here.

Are Israel’s airports poised for growth?
After years of delays, Israel’s new Ramon International Airport is set to begin operations in the southern resort town of Eilat. The government says it will soon attract one million foreign visitors to the region per year, but critics worry it will become an expensive “white elephant” instead. Patrick Kingsland explores the debate.
Read the article here.

How will Heathrow deliver its pivotal third runway expansion?
With MPs approving a third runway at Heathrow Airport after years of delays, an all-important question still remains: what happens now? As contractors jostle for position on the project, Joe Baker finds out what the biggest challenges for Heathrow will be in the years to come.
Read the article here.

Changi Airport’s immersive “Theatre of Experience”
Singapore’s Changi Airport recently opened a multimedia installation that aims to enhance passengers’ experience as they pass through the airport’s Terminal 4 building.
Watch the video here.

Should airports have their own microgrids?
After Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport experienced a major power supply disruption, the Rocky Mountain Institute was awarded a $450,000 research grant to develop a microgrid implementation toolkit to help airports avoid disaster. Elliot Gardner finds out more from RMI’s director of sustainable aviation Adam Klauber.
Read the article here.

Airfield automation: enhancing safety in airport fuelling operations
Air BP has developed an innovative new app that prevents damaging misfuelling accidents. Eva Grey finds out more about the digital platform, which strengthens safety barriers and mitigates risks during the fuelling process.
Read the article here.

Next issue | November 2018

Our next edition is heavily focused on security, a topic that ranks highly on all airports’ agendas.

This month, we attended a demonstration day hosted by the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator which showcased the latest innovations helping airports to detect explosive items. We also talked to cybersecurity expert Coronet, which recently ranked the US airports where passengers are most likely to be hacked if they sign in via a public Wi-Fi network.

Following up on last issue’s article, in which we examined the variety of factors that could leave concourses vulnerable to threats, Airports Council International brought us up to speed with some of the work it has done to ensure people are safe, wherever they may be in an airport.

Finally, we profile the UK’s first digital control tower and look at Dublin Airport’s brand new transfer facility, especially designed for passengers with connecting flights.