Passing the test: AIR Issue 62 is out now

Joe Baker 10 December 2020 (Last Updated December 10th, 2020 14:54)

In this issue: Covid-19 testing at airports, futuristic aircraft, reasons to be cheerful and more.

Passing the test: AIR Issue 62 is out now

Allow us to introduce the all-new Airport Industry Review! We’ve given our magazine an upgrade to bring you even more airport industry news, comment and analysis, with a new structure that makes it easier to navigate.

In this issue, we analyse how Covid-19 testing is being rolled out at airports worldwide, take a closer look at eco-friendly aircraft designs unveiled in 2020 and identify the things the industry can celebrate after a difficult year.

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In this issue

Reasons to be cheerful: what’s next for airports in 2021?


It’s no secret that 2020 has been a dark time for many airports, but are there reasons to be cheerful ahead of next year? Airport Industry Review writers Joe Baker, Adele Berti, Ilaria Grasso Macola and Chris Lo gleam silver linings from a difficult year and ask: what might the future hold?

 

Biden 2020: reaction from around the aviation industry

After an intense few days, Joe Biden has been elected the next president of the United States. In the week after the election, Ilaria Grasso Macola rounded up reaction from all corners of the aviation industry.

 

Inside the first-ever drone landing at a commercial airport

By landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a civilian airport for the first time, the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) has broken a record in the field of unmanned aircraft systems. Ilaria Grasso Macola speaks to IAI director of marketing and sales Eitan Arad to understand how the project came about and what this means for the future of UAVs.

 

Covid-19: is airport testing a viable solution?

As countries feel the pressure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, a debate is ongoing about whether testing for the virus at airports is a realistic prevention method that can keep travel moving. But how efficient is it as an option and what other solutions are currently available? Adele Berti finds out.

 

Flying in formation: inside the Airbus fello’fly project

Airbus’s fello’fly project is working to apply the principle of wake-energy retrieval to commercial aviation, a move that could help reduce carbon emissions by 5%-10%. Demonstrator leader Nick MacDonald tells Adele Berti about the idea and next steps towards implementation.

Future aircraft: new eco-friendly design concepts in 2020

With CO2 emissions increasingly becoming an issue the aviation sector can no longer avoid, organisations worldwide are working towards the development of net-zero aircraft. Ilaria Grasso Macola profiles some of the cutting-edge concepts being pitched as the future of sustainable aviation.

 

The end of VAT-free shopping: an airport retail disaster?

The UK Government’s decision to rescind the VAT Retail Export Scheme has sent shockwaves through an aviation industry already on its knees because of Covid-19. As the day of its entry approaches, Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out why the decision has left airport retailers up in arms.

 

Diversifying airline revenues with ‘flights to nowhere’

In a world where international tourism is still largely discouraged because of Covid-19, domestic ‘flights to nowhere’ could help some airlines stay afloat. Ilaria Grasso Macola takes a look at reactions to this strategy worldwide.

 

Why is San Francisco International making terminals quieter?

San Francisco International is trying to reduce noise pollution on site through its ‘Quiet Airport’ programme. The project includes initiatives such as eliminating over 90 minutes of unnecessary announcements each day and making elevators and walkaways less noisy. Adele Berti finds out more.

 

Next issue preview

As the new year dawns, a new US president is set to be inaugurated – but what will be the implications of this be for airports? After gauging reaction in this issue, we launch a deeper exploration of what Biden’s victory will mean for US aviation.

We also find out more about the actual transmission rates of Covid-19 on board flights and find out more about the meal trends returning passengers might be interested in seeing in 2021. Also in this issue, we speak to CargoAI about how technology can optimise the air freight industry, which will hopefully continue to recover in 2021.

In a regional focus feature, we discuss how the pandemic has affected airports in Iceland, and in a separate article ask why the concept of remote air traffic control has picked up traction in some countries but has seen less enthusiasm elsewhere.

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