Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we ask how Egypt’s new airport could breathe new life into the country’s tourism sector, analyse the current state of airport charge regulation in Europe, and find out what leading architects believe aviation hubs could look like in 2075.
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In this issue
Starting from scratch: a new airport for Egypt’s new capital city
For its new capital city, set for completion next year, Egypt recently opened a new airport for a month-long trial run. It is hoped Capital International will relieve pressure on Cairo’s existing hub while playing a role in the recovery of the country’s tourism sector, as Ross Davies reports.
Timeline: 60 years of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport
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Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport celebrated its 60th anniversary on the 11 August this year. Originally built as a military airbase, SVO witnessed its first commercial flight in 1959 and has grown to become Russia’s busiest airport. Varsha Saraogi looks back at the history of this iconic airport and its most significant milestones.
IT essentials for airports: where are the weak spots?
As technology continues its rapid foray into almost every element of daily life, its impact for the better is irrefutable. However, it has its downsides as this year has proved. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at the challenges the aviation industry has faced and considers what the weak spots are.
Should Europe’s most powerful airports be brought down to earth?
The debate over airports’ ability to set their charges for airlines reached a peak in July, when an evaluation of the European Commission’s Airport Charges Directive suggested there is a need for stronger regulation on this issue. The document sparked heated controversy among different aviation stakeholders. Adele Berti finds out more.
Capital gains: Inside Gatwick Airport’s £1.1bn investment programme
Gatwick Airport’s five-year airport investment plan includes a £1.1bn pier extension at the North Terminal, automation of check-in and boarding processes, and runway optimisation. Julian Turner takes a look at some of the biggest upgrades planned at the UK airport over the next five years.
Saving Machu Picchu: will a new airport create problems in Peru?
Work is underway in Peru’s Sacred Valley to build a new airport that will help accommodate growing tourism rates. However, conservationists have warned the hub could bring more damage than revenue, putting the fate of the Machu Picchu citadel, the area’s most famous attraction, at stake. Adele Berti explores the pros and cons of a new airport in Peru.
Q&A: cracking down on slavery at airports with Slave-Free Alliance
MAG, the owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, recently joined the Slave-Free Alliance. Abi Millar asks MAG chief customer officer what this new membership entails and how it will help it tackle the risk of modern slavery within its airports.
What’s driving demand for airport parking?
Airport parking is the number one source of aeronautical revenue for most airports, but how are capacity challenges and ride-sharing apps set to shape this industry in the future? Joe Baker speaks to Independent Airport Parking Association chairman Nick Caunter to determine the status of this incredibly important segment of airport operations.
In pictures: what could airports look like in 2075?
Fentress Architects recently announced the winners of its 2019 Fentress Global Challenge, where it asked aspiring architects to envision the airport of the future in the year 2075. From drive-through areas sitting above terminals to large-scale airport-cities, Adele Berti takes a look at the winning designs.
Next issue preview
Could ‘powerfuels’ be the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in aviation? In the December issue of AIR, we find out whether a blending strategy put forward by Global Alliance Powerfuels – a cross-sector alliance of industry leaders – could help power a greener future.
We also explore IATA’s One ID project, which aims to achieve a truly paperless travel experience for passengers through biometrics, and explore the potential impact of supersonic aircraft on airport operations in the future.
We also take a look at the current status of home baggage collection services and explore the reasons why US airports perform poorly on passenger satisfaction surveys compared to other airports around the world.
Finally, as the clock ticks over into a new year of innovation at airports, we take a closer look at start-ups to watch in 2020.