Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we speak to experts from across the industry about how airports and airlines can maximise their chances of survival, discuss governance challenges for futuristic ‘vertiport’ facilities in urban environments, and find out how e-learning programmes have propped up pilot training during the Covid-19 crisis.

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In this issue

Roundtable: what should the future of aviation look like?

The aviation industry is in turmoil and as the post-Covid-19 reality dawns, a plan is urgently needed. As the sector debates on how to re-establish passenger confidence, Adele Berti asks a range of experts: what should aviation do in the short and long term to forge a path to recovery?

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Could Swissport’s ground handling crisis be a sign of things to come?

Airport ground services firm Swissport is paying a high price for the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced the company to halve its UK workforce and close its subsidiary in Belgium. As other companies face similar prospects, is a labour crisis in ground handling looming, and could it accelerate the deployment of automated baggage systems at airports worldwide? Adele Berti reports.

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Cashing in on the new normal: how can airports diversify revenue?

Airport leaders have spoken up recently about the need to ‘diversify revenue’ and build ‘airport cities’ capable of future-proofing operations and revenue. Frances Marcellin spoke to Pieter Van Der Horst of Netherlands Airport consultants and co-author of report ‘How Real Estate Can Help Airports Build Resilient Business’ to find out more about the benefits of airport cities and how real estate can strengthen an airport’s revenue stream and reduce its risk.

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Who will govern the urban vertiports of the future?

With companies like Uber and Lilium developing prototypes for urban vertiports, it is clear that interest is growing in electrical vertical take-off and landing aircraft as a new mode of everyday transport. But with a lack of regulations for this type of aircraft, who will govern the urban vertiports of the future? Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out.

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E-learning and simulators: training airline pilots after Covid-19

With social distancing measures in place for the foreseeable future, cadet pilots are likely to face disruptions in their training. Ilaria Grasso Macola speaks to Alpha Aviation Group executive director Bhanu Choudrie to find out how e-learning programmes could provide continuity and support future pilot pools.

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In pictures: Saudi Arabia’s red sea resort and airport project

Saudi Arabia is looking to put itself on the tourism map with its Red Sea Resort project. Andrew Tunnicliffe takes a look at the scheme and the country’s plans to create an international airport in the desert.

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Will the Hera herald a surge of hybrid electric aircraft?

UK firm Electric Aviation Group has unveiled the design for the world’s first hybrid electric 70+ seater regional aircraft, set to become operational in 2028. Ilaria Grasso Macola speaks to CEO Kamran Iqbal to find out why he believes the aircraft will become “a blueprint” for the wider industry on the path towards decarbonisation.

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Reducing waste at airports: insights from San Diego International

San Diego International Airport recently launched a 16-week accelerator programme that allows four companies to test their products at its Innovation Lab. With three of the companies focusing on waste reduction, Adele Berti looks at how their solutions can improve airport sustainability, and finds out what other schemes are currently in place at the hub to minimise waste.

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Next issue preview

Next time, we look at how Istanbul Airport became the first airport to be accredited under Airport Council International’s Airport Health Accreditation Scheme, and track what survival strategies airports in London, UK have in place to overcome inevitable challenges ahead.

We find out how the rollout of 5G will give airports a boost, and speak to UK-based Revector about how it is using cutting-edge technology to detect potential security threats at airports via mobile networks. Also: what is the ‘open architecture’ concept, and why are more and more airports exploring its use in security applications?

Finally, we speak to the UK’s Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) about the need for airports to clarify their noise reporting methods, explore the partnership between Eindhoven Airport and autonomous baggage solution provider Vanderlande, and profile the most energy-efficient airports worldwide.

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