Airport Industry Review Issue 17

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Airports aren’t renowned for their greenery, but operators are starting to recognise the value of natural spaces in which passengers can relax and recharge. From Changi to Chicago, we take a look at the indoor gardens springing up at the world’s leading airports

Staff levels at air traffic control towers in the US are at the lowest point in 27 years and the downward trend is set to continue. We investigate what needs to change to address what NATCA has termed a "chronic understaffing of ATC facilities". We also take a look at the European Commission’s aviation reforms, which aim to improve safety and boost growth in the region.

Plus, we find out why Vancouver Airport Authority’s automated border control system has attracted attention in the industry, speak to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport about the strategy behind its recent rebranding, and take a look at the aviation industry’s efforts to tackle climate change issues on a global level.

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In this issue

Taking Control
The number of fully certified air traffic controllers in the US is at its lowest level in 27 years, but how can the industry reverse this downward trend? Gary Peters investigates
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Strategy for Growth
The European Commission’s new Aviation Strategy for Europe aims to reform the sector via revised safety and security regulation and legal frameworks. Eva Grey investigates how the plans for reform were received by the industry
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BorderXpress: Setting a Trend
Vancouver Airport Authority’s BorderXpress technology has caught the industry’s attention by significantly cutting waiting times at border control points. Gary Peters finds out more about the system and the plans for its expansion
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What’s in a Brand
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has revamped its brand in a bid to position itself alongside glamorous rivals such as Changi, Dubai and Doha. Jerome Greer Chandler explores the new brand strategy, which lays the foundations for bigger transformations yet to come
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The Green Zone
Airports aren’t renowned for their greenery, but operators are starting to recognise the value of natural spaces in which passengers can relax and recharge. Frances Marcellin takes a look at the gardens growing at some of the world’s leading airports
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The Road to Clean Growth
A wide-ranging initiative led by ICAO and ATAG brings together players from across the aviation sector in a bid to tackle climate change issues globally. Eva Grey reports on the road ahead
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Next issue preview

Oslo Airport has become the first international hub to offer jet biofuel to all airlines through the normal supply mechanism, with KLM, Lufthansa and SAS announced as launch customers and more airlines expected to follow soon. Could this be the breakthrough the emerging market of aviation biofuels has been waiting for?

Also in the next issue, we take a look at Nepal’s plans to strengthen trade and tourism with a new airport in Pokhara, investigate the sharp rise in European airport charges over the past years and the industry’s response, and look into the review of the UK’s tax policies launched after retailers were accused of pocketing tax savings. Plus, we explore the role of airports as a line of defence against smuggling, and find out if NFC chips and implants could find a role in passenger handling in the future.

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