The events over the last week have certainly put things into perspective. The aggression shown by Russia has caused a wave of reaction from the international community. Condemnations, the cynics will say, are not enough. But economic sanctions, which are being announced day-by-day, and aid to Ukraine, will have a greater impact on stifling Russia’s efforts.

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Aviation has been hit by the knock-on effects. Europe has by now, on the whole, closed its airspace to Russian aircraft. Russia has in turn banned various European carriers. Flight paths in the last week were even subject to change multiple times within the same flight.

The uncertainty seems to be levelling off now, as we come to terms with the fact that these bans will probably be in place for the medium term (and possibly longer in some regions). New flight paths are being drawn, and the industry is reacting as quickly as it can. We’ve included a special briefing page in this issue with the key aviation information, and you can follow more up-to-date coverage with Airport Technology.

In our cover story, we profile Cincinnati Airport’s new robotic team members, which are providing passengers with a food and retail delivery service. We also find out about increasing disability awareness in airports, with the award of ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ accreditation to Malta International Airport and Changi Airport Group’s recently launched initiative to support individuals with invisible disabilities, such as autism and dementia.

Elsewhere in this issue, we profile Geneva Airport’s newly constructed East Wing, learning how it has modernised the terminal. We also look at how a modernisation project at Memphis International Airport has resulted in the airport now being considered an origin and destination airport, as opposed to a transfer hub, after passenger transfer hub operations were removed by Delta Air Lines in 2013.

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In this issue

Checking order status: Cincinnati Airport’s new robotic food delivery

Cincinnati Airport has new robotic team members providing passengers with a food and retail delivery service. Frankie Youd speaks to the robot’s manufacturer, Ottonomy, to find out more about these new robotic workers and their benefits.

Geneva Airport’s new East Wing shows importance of energy performance

Geneva Airport has completed construction of its East Wing, modernising the terminal. Jasleen Mann profiles the project.

Increasing autism awareness at airports

Malta International Airport has recently been awarded an ‘Autism Friendly Spaces’ accreditation from Prisms. Frankie Youd discusses the importance of autism awareness with Margaret White, a youth worker at the non-profit youth organisation.

Contactless technologies cater to passengers at Clark International Airport

Clark international airport recently completed the development project for its Terminal 2. The new terminal is designed for a post-Covid-19 world, showcasing new contactless technologies. Jasleen Mann investigates.

Memphis modernisation: streamlining passenger flow

Memphis International Airport is now considered an origin and destination airport, as opposed to a transfer hub, after passenger transfer operations were removed by Delta Air Lines in 2013. Jasleen Mann explores the changes that have taken place at the airport to reflect this.

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With an investment of A$13m, Perth Airport is on track to upgrade and modernise its baggage screening systems across all airport terminals. The new system will see the introduction of CT-Xrays for all international and domestic checked baggage screening areas.

Using 3D technology these new machines will assist the airport in detecting suspicious and forbidden items in passengers’ luggage to improve safety and security. We’ll find out more about the project in our next issue.

As well as our usual insight and analysis, we’ll be bringing the latest industry developments from the conflict in Ukraine, as we look at how it will impact aviation. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the latest news with Airport Technology.

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