The coronavirus outbreak will have ramifications at airports for years to come. In this issue of AIR, we highlight the extent of the potential damage to the sector, and ask whether existing screening technologies at aviation hubs are sufficient for detecting infected passengers. Also in this issue, we ask whether airports are prepared to face cyber threats, explore the impact of US sanctions on Russian aviation, and investigate how language translation tech at New York’s JFK airport could make life easier for international travellers.
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In January this year, several airports around the world started announcing preventive safety measures against the spread of coronavirus. However, this task has proven difficult as thermal screening isn’t always effective at detecting early signs of infection. Abi Millar reports.
COVID-19: airports worldwide are feeling the strain
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Three months in, the global outbreak of COVID-19 is causing havoc for the world’s airports and airlines. With the surge of new cases in Asia, Europe, the US and elsewhere, what are the biggest impacts being felt by the commercial aviation sector so far? Chris Lo finds out.
Could twin-engine airliners be aviation’s silver bullet?
Since man first walked on the moon, the Boeing 747 has been in the skies. However, that is set to change in the coming years as the age of the four-engine airliner comes to an end. Rather than mourning their demise, Virginia Lee of Airports Council International Europe tells Andrew Tunnicliffe the next generation of aircraft could have many of the answers to today’s aviation challenges.
Roundtable: are airports prepared for cyber threats?
The CAA recently launched the ASSURE scheme, which will help strengthen the aviation industry’s cybersecurity resilience. Adele Berti speaks to the first companies accredited as Cyber Suppliers by ASSURE about current and future challenges facing airports and airlines.
The importance of translation in an airport environment
New York’s JFK airport has partnered with Google to adopt Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode technology at its Terminal 4 as part of a scheme to break down language barriers. Abi Millar takes a look at this new technology and more broadly at the importance of being able to communicate easily and confidently in this setting.
Black sea blacklists: the impact of US sanctions on aviation in Russia and Cuba
Since they were first introduced in 2014 in response to the Ukraine crisis, US sanctions have targeted Russian airports and airlines, particularly in the Crimea. Elsewhere, newly imposed restrictions on air travel to Cuba by the Trump administration could spell fresh trouble. Ross Davies investigates.
Airport baggage handler strikes: is there a crisis in the UK?
Baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport have been on strike over low wages for most of March. With similar disputes recorded at Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports last year, British hubs are increasingly winding up in the news for the wrong reasons. Adele Berti asks: what are the factors underpinning these clashes, and what do they reveal about working conditions at UK airports?
Lost and hound: the role of dogs in airport terminals
Dogs have played a role in improving airport security and enhancing passenger experience for decades. From detecting explosives to assisting travellers with disabilities, Adele Berti rounds up how dogs are helping operators across the world.
Next issue preview
As the COVID-19 crisis rages on, we take a closer look at airport slot rules and ask about the circumstances where they should be relaxed, and identify the importance of encouraging hand hygiene at airports in preventing the spread of disease.
We also take a closer look at whether lie detectors could soon play a greater role in airport security, explore the UK’s sustainable aviation footprint as part of its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and speak to Women in Aviation international about their latest commitments to eliminating gender bias in employment.
We also profile the expansion of New York JFK Airport’s $3.8bn expansion and redevelopment, identify whether there may be a need for a global standard to regulate the monitoring of runway conditions, and ask why e-gate solutions at airports are currently experiencing technical issues.
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