Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this bumper issue, we take a look at the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on airport design, speak to the new director of Airport Council International (ACI) World Luis Felipe de Oliveira, and investigate a new sustainable taxiing solution being trialled at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
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In this issue
Flight tracking: how postponed ADS-B compliance will affect air traffic in Europe
Squeezed by the coronavirus pandemic, European aircraft operators have been granted a deadline extension on ADS-B compliance. While the new transition period has been widely welcomed, the new surveillance technology will need to be up and running by the time air traffic returns to normal. Ross Davies reports.
Will Covid-19 change airport design forever?
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The coronavirus pandemic has driven a global shift in the way many public spaces are perceived, and airports are no exception. Luke Christou speaks to Scott Gorenc, studio design director for Corgan’s aviation studio, about how airports may approach design differently in years to come.
Q&A: in conversation with new ACI director-general Luis Felipe de Oliveira
Ilaria Grasso Macola meets new Airport Council International (ACI) World director-general Luis Felipe de Oliveira to talk about ACI, the current pandemic and the future of the organisation post-Covid.
Covid-19 and airline refunds: does the system need to change?
Airlines in the EU are facing mounting criticism for their handling of refunds during the coronavirus pandemic. With the industry said to owe local passengers some €24bn for cancelled flights, should there be more clarity and standardisation over the way refunds are dealt with in the future? Adele Berti finds out.
Creating a seamless airport experience after Covid-19
Airports want to deploy new technologies to make air travel seamless and stress-free but the Covid-19 pandemic is making this much harder than usual. Senior writer Adele Berti looks back at her recent trip from London to Milan to assess how technology and coronavirus could change air travel in the years to come.
Q&A: will immunity ‘passports’ give aviation a boost?
Pangea’s new Covid-19 immunity passport could help the aviation sector recover from the pandemic. Ilaria Grasso Macola spoke to Pangea EVP government division general manager Uzy Rozenthal to find out how the project came about and why it is needed.
Modular systems: how to make passenger aircraft cargo friendly
One solution to parked planes could be better optimisation when it comes to switching back and forth between cargo and passengers. Frances Marcellin finds out more from Jeff Behlendorf, director of product management, integrated products at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, and Paul Johnson, managing director at Tenencia Aerospace Design.
Frangible structures: minimum impact for maximum safety
With most plane accidents occurring on the runway, frangible airside structures – designed to break into fragments, rather than bend on impact – can be used to limit collision damage. Ross Davies talks to Pertti Kainu of Exel Composites, a supplier of such structures, to find out why they are so important for flight safety.
Driving sustainability with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport’s taxibot
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is piloting a new sustainable taxiing solution that involves the use of a taxibot to keep aircraft engines off during taxiing. Ilaria Grasso Macola speaks to the project’s main stakeholders to find out more about the trial and the future of sustainable taxiing solutions.
Airport Awards 2020: the regional hubs topping customer satisfaction ranks
The recent Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020 crowned Singapore Changi, Tokyo Haneda and Doha Hamad as the year’s best airports, but many other regional hubs also gained recognition. Ilaria Grasso Macola looks at the airports that won accolades in their individual regions and the reasons behind their success.
One burning question during the aviation shutdown has revolved around where aircraft can be safely stored. We find out where planes have been kept as the industry continues to mount a comeback.
We ask why wildlife trafficking continues to be an issue at airports worldwide, and speak to MedAire about its new medical event assessment app that allows crew members to capture important diagnostic information and transmit it to the company’s medical advisory service.
Touchless technology is becoming all the rage at airports, and we take a deep dive into how airports are creating contactless experiences in terminals. We also investigate challenges ahead for the UK’s new JetZero council for sustainable aviation, and find out the purpose of a new pop-up drone traffic management system developed by unmanned traffic management (UTC) specialist Altitude Angel.
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