Airport Industry Review

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Winter is a tricky time for airport operations and predicting and reacting to incoming snow or ice quickly is essential – but as the saying goes, you can’t predict the weather. Or can you? We take a look at advanced weather forecast systems and find out how cold climate airports prepare for the season.

In the UK, we consider the impact of the EU referendum on the government’s final decision on a new London runway, consider whether airports are struggling to keep up with increased demand, and find out how airports can cope with more people without physical expansion.

We also explore the risks of security loopholes in baggage handling and speak to Dallas / Fort Worth International about its climate agenda, the first in the US to be recognised with a Climate Leadership Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Plus, we find out how a new initiative is working to reduce disease transmission at airports, and check out the new trend of book swap and lending services for travellers.

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In this issue

Heathrow vs Gatwick: Decision Time?
As the debate over a new runway at London's Heathrow or Gatwick airports continues, Bircham Dyson Bell partner Shabana Anwar and trainee solicitor Ben Lloyd explore how the recent EU referendum could affect the decision.
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Heathrow, Gatwick and Beyond
While the Heathrow vs Gatwick debate makes headlines, other UK airports are also struggling to keep up with demand. Eva Grey reports from a recent panel discussion at the Airport Design, Development and Engineering conference.
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Planning Ahead
For airports across the globe, passenger numbers are on the rise. Gary Peters finds out from Anaplan’s Ian Stone how to cope with more people without physical expansion.
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The Insider Threat
Passengers are accustomed to airport security, but there’s a side they don’t see: checks for airport employees. Gary Peters discovers more about the security loophole of baggage handling.
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Windy Wonder
As Dallas/Fort Worth International becomes the first airport to receive a Climate Leadership Award for Greenhouse Gas Management, Jerome Greer Chandler finds out how the operators put a Texas-size dent in GHG emissions.
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Weather Watching
Advanced navigation tools are helping airports make more accurate weather predictions and reduce costly delays. Eva Grey takes a look at the new software helping the aviation industry perfect the art of weather prediction.
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Airport Libraries Take Off
From paperbacks to e-books, more and more airports are opening in-house libraries to cater to air travellers. Eva Grey finds out more about some of the most successful bookish initiatives in recent years.
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Defending Against Disease
A new project is looking at ways to reduce the spread of transmissible diseases and managing high-threat endemics in airports. Eva Grey finds out more from project coordinator Ilpo Kulmala.
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Next issue preview

While the UK still awaits a firm decision on new runways for either Gatwick or Heathrow, a £344 million expansion for London City Airport has been announced. At a time when UK airports are struggling to handle the ballooning number of passengers, we look at future prospects for delivering capacity in the South East.

We also review a new model that can predict the wait time and the best ground-handling window for each plane before take-off, investigate options to relieve pressure on air traffic controllers following a recent near-miss at London Stansted, and find out whether facial recognition could prove to be a quantum leap for biometric security. Plus we ask how airports can better serve disabled passengers and look at the complex web of aviation taxes passengers face around the world.

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