It’s a sombre fact that it has been over 100 days since Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine. Over 8.5 million people have fled the country since then and the resulting economic and political sanctions placed against Russia have had a global effect across many sectors, including aviation.

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In our cover story this issue, we timeline some of the key penalties that have been put in place against Russia since the start of the war, looking at what impact they have had on the aviation sector.

Elsewhere, European airports have been persisting an unpredictable landscape in what some have dubbed a “summer of chaos”. Whilst in our last issue we learned the impact that a striking workforce was having, in this issue we look at how understaffing by airport operators and airlines is also contributing.

In parallel, the UK Government has, in a timely fashion, recently released a new policy paper, Flightplan to the Future, which sets out a framework for the future of aviation in the country. We explain the intentions set out in the paper.

As well as all of this, we learn how Pangiam is using Google AI to improve airport security operations, the reasoning behind the cancellation of an air route connecting Anglesey in North Wales to the capital, Cardiff, in South Wales, and we profile Air New Zealand‘s new offering for long-haul passengers: lie-flat sleep pods.

For this, and much more, read on. Don’t forget to follow us @Airport_Mag as well.

Peter Nilson, editor

In this issue

Flightpath to the Future: the UK Government’s new plan

The DfT’s Flightpath to the Future aims to rebuild consumer confidence, build back sustainably from the pandemic, support jobs across the country, and build a skilled and diverse workforce fit for the future. Luke Christou explains what the policy paper contains.

Understaffed airlines and oversold flights lead to cancellation chaos

Jasleen Mann looks at how understaffing and overselling have contributed to a chaotic summer for air travel across the UK – and the measures that the British Government has taken in response.

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Inside Air New Zealand’s new long-haul sleep pods

Air New Zealand has announced a new option for long-haul passengers, giving them the opportunity to sleep in-flight with Skynest, a six-pod configured sleep zone. Jasleen Mann profiles the airline’s new offering.

How sanctions against Russia have impacted aviation

As the clouds of Western sanctions against Russia gather, their impact on the aviation industry are weighty. Andrew Tunnicliffe picks out some of the key penalties of the last few months.

AI aviation security solution encourages freedom of movement 

Pangiam is set to trial new pattern analysis technology using Google AI at airports. Jasleen Mann explores the new solution.

Reassessing air connectivity in Wales 

Jasleen Mann investigates the decision made by the Welsh Government to cease the Anglesey to Cardiff air service. 

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In our next issue, we explore how airports are having a direct impact on their surroundings, or directly benefiting from them.

How are local environmental issues impacting the choices made when renovating or building new airports? 

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