As summer rolls around, we are seeing chaos across airports, as staff shortages are leading to snaking queues and last-minute flight cancellations. The lay-offs during the pandemic were always going to need replacing when operations ramped back up, and it appears the aviation sector is now finding itself standing in front of the bridge it burned on its path to recovery.

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In our cover story this month, we look at a snapshot of the series of strikes that have rolled across Europe recently. As airport workers continue to struggle with stagnating wages and job uncertainty, we ask: are ground staff undervalued?

Elsewhere, the UK Government has recently announced plans for a net-zero transatlantic flight, using SAF. It’s a welcome project, but the notion that it will, as the announcement asserted, usher in “a new era of guilt-free flying” is perhaps a bit of a stretch, as we discover.

As well as all of this, we look at the importance of private investment in US aviation’s recovery, the cybersecurity threats the sector is vulnerable to, and how simplified booking can reduce the number of empty leg flights. Finally, we also profile Fraport‘s new trial of Zwipe‘s biometric security solutions at Frankfurt Airport, as well as looking into the reasons behind the US TSA’s decision to acquire new CTA x-ray scanners.

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

Peter Nilson, editor

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In this issue

Strike surge: are ground staff undervalued?

Travellers in Germany saw hundreds of flights cancelled this March, as security staff at several airports took part in three days of walkouts. Abi Millar explores the matter, asking whether ground staff are undervalued in the wake of the pandemic.

What role can private investors play in the US’s aviation rebound?

The US aviation sector is mostly owned by public entities, but the investment gap means there is a need for private investors to chip in, as Viola Caon highlights.

Fraport ramps up biometrics with Zwipe

Fraport has opted to trial Zwipe’s biometric solutions to boost security at Frankfurt airport. Luke Christou investigates the tech involved and how it will tighten operations for the German airport.

Can SAF really usher in a new era of guilt-free flying?

The UK Government is planning to run the first net-zero transatlantic flight in 2023, using SAF. How great a milestone is this and how excited should eco-conscious passengers be? Abi Millar investigates.

Cybersecurity threats in aviation

Cybersecurity threats can impact operations and result in significant financial damage for airlines and airports. Jasleen Mann speaks to Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at eset, about the various types of cybersecurity threats and the consequences.

Improving safety, speed, and productivity at TSA checkpoints

The US Transportation Security Administration has recently ordered almost 1,000 new CT x-ray scanners. Luke Christou explores the benefits of the technology for airport security operations.

How a smoother booking process can reduce empty leg flights

Jasleen Mann finds out how TailHail hopes to modernise the private booking system through its new platform, reducing the number of empty leg flights in the private aviation sector in the process.

Next issue preview

This month, we’ve witnessed chaos at airports as staff shortages have led to mammoth queues, flight cancellations, and delays at the airport – amongst other problems.

The jobs slashed during the pandemic and the industrial action this summer from those workers still employed has led to something of a crisis in commercial aviation, with industry bodies, airlines, and airports scrambling to roll out recruitment drives.

Next issue, we take an in-depth look at the situation, as we ask: how could this have been avoided?

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