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The new issue of AIR, the free web and iPad magazine for the airport industry, is now available. Download our app to read the latest issue and browse our back issues for free.

The race is on to find cheaper and cleaner sources of fuel to power aeroplanes. From grass to kitchen oil, we round up the most inventive and eco-friendly initiatives currently in the pipeline to power tomorrow’s planes with biofuel.

We also take a look at Oslo Airport’s recent large-scale expansion, which is the world’s first terminal to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating under the BREEAM sustainable design system, investigate the need for more capacity in Sydney after the government announced plans for a second international airport in the city, and find out more about a novel idea for a circular runway,

Finally, we look at some of the arguments for and against privatising Canada’s biggest airports, examine new technology systems on offer worldwide to refine how the baggage handling process works, and find out how airports are taking a stand against human trafficking, from raising awareness of the problem to training staff to spot offenders.

In this issue

Going Private: The Argument Against
According to a recent poll, a majority of Canadians do not support potential plans for put for-profit companies in charge of some of the country’s biggest airports. Gary Peters finds out more about their misgivings about changing the current model.
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Going Private: The Argument For
The possibility of Canada’s biggest airports being put into the hands of for-profit companies has stirred plenty of debate in the region. Gary Peters considers whether the time is right for change.
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Sustainable Success
Oslo Airport has become the first to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating under the internationally recognised BREEAM sustainability assessment. Heidi Vella finds out more from the project’s head of environmental concerns, Asbjørg Næss of Civitas AS.
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Sydney’s Second Airport
The Australian Government has announced it will build a second international airport in Sydney. Eva Grey takes a closer look at the project, which will become the first major airport developed in Australia for more than 50 years.
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Endless Runway
An innovative research project has put forward the concept of a circular runway. Hoped to provide a breakthrough in airport safety, capacity and noise, the Endless Runway is being pursued as a model for aviation beyond 2050. Eva Grey finds out more.
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Fuels of Tomorrow
The race is on to find cheaper and cleaner sources of fuel to power aeroplanes. From grass to kitchen oil, Gary Peters examines the new biofuel sources being tested to replace the highly pollutant and expensive jet fuel.
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Tracking Technology
As the number of air passengers increases, airports and airlines are investing in baggage handling technology to improve both the passenger experience and airport operations. Frances Marcellin takes a look at the technology helping to refine this process.
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Airports Against Trafficking
Air transport is commonly used by human traffickers, and airports are ideally positioned to assist in the fight against this crime. From raising awareness to training staff, Eva Grey finds out how airports are taking a stand against trafficking.
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Next issue preview

Scientists have warned that as climate change brings more extreme weather conditions during winter, costs could rise for airports, which will likely increase ticket prices for customers. We find out more about the cost of keeping airports running during winter months.

We also look at new gate delivery systems being tested in two US airports, delve deeper into the economic importance of airports today and in the future, and talk to Thyssenkrup Access Solutions about the company’s latest mobility technology for airports.

Finally, we explore what airport authorities are doing to detect and deter counterfeit medicine being transported via air, and profile a new project that uses radar to detect and prevent dangerous drones at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

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