Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we analyse how technology could help reduce incidents of baggage mishandling worldwide, ask whether a newly proposed aviation eco-tax in France is the right way to cut emissions, and take a look at early design proposals for Poland’s upcoming ‘mega airport’.

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In this issue

France’s eco-tax: the best way to cut down aviation emissions?

France recently announced plans to put in place an eco-tax on all flights leaving the country, which will increase passenger fares from 2020. However, the move has been criticised by IATA, which branded it as “misguided”. Adele Berti explores both sides of the debate: is this the right way to make aviation more sustainable?

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Slotting in: The enduring problem of airport capacity

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The International Air Transport Association recently warned that governments need to take a more harmonised approach in allocating airport slots. Scrapping archaic slot guidelines might also help to alleviate longstanding capacity issues, writes Ross Davies.

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Better by design: early proposals for Poland’s new mega-airport

Poland’s STH airport is set to open at the end of 2027 with an initial capacity of 45 million passengers a year. Five major architecture firms – including Zaha Hadid, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, Chapman Taylor, and Benoy – have submitted design proposals for the new hub. Julian Turner takes a closer look.

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Plane stowaways:  putting an end to a deadly gamble

The recent death of a stowaway who fell from a Heathrow-bound plane into a London garden has reignited a conversation about the deadly consequences of stowing aboard commercial flights. Adele Berti asks: What lies at the heart of this issue, and what measures can be put in place to stop it from happening?

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Unruly airline passengers: tackling aviation’s growing issue

Cases of disruptive behaviour on flights have risen sharply over the past few years, forcing national and international aviation to push for change. So what are different stakeholders doing to prevent this phenomenon from growing? Adele Berti finds out.

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Solving the carousel crisis: How technology can make luggage safer

Last year, almost 25 million bags were mislaid by airlines and airports. Technology, such as tracking apps and RFID tags, could make all the difference when it comes to ensuring passengers aren’t left disconsolate around the baggage carousel, writes Ross Davies.

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Veracode on automation and how to tackle cyber attacks in aviation

In recent years, several airports and airlines have come under attack from cybercriminals, putting millions of people’s personal data at risk. Cybersecurity firm Veracode’s EMEA CTO Paul Farrington speaks to Varsha Saraogi about the challenges facing the aviation industry and why he believes the solution lies in automation.

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Winter is coming: five innovative snow removal technologies at airports

Extreme snowfall can cut an airport’s ability to handle the arrival and departures of aircraft in half, resulting in many cancelled flights, or worse, serious accidents. Varsha Saraogi highlights five innovative technologies for clearing snow and ice.

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Next issue

In the next issue of AIR, we track the progress of two major airport projects on different sides of the world. Firstly, we explore the controversy surrounding a new multi-billion dollar international airport being built near the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. Secondly, Egypt is nearly set to open the all-new Capitol International Airport, east of Cairo. Will the new aviation hub solidify the country as an effective gateway between Africa and the Middle East?

Also, in the wake of a major IT glitch which left British Airways customers stranded, we take a look at essential IT systems across airports – from check-in to baggage to air traffic control – and ask how technology is helping to prevent critical outages in the future.

We also analyse Gatwick’s sprawling £1.1bn investment plan; track major milestones across the 60-year life of Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport; and showcase the highlights of the Fentress Global Challenge, which asked aspiring architects to predict what airports could look like in the year 2075.