Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we find out whether government intervention will be enough to save airlines during the coronavirus pandemic, ask how ridesharing apps are affecting airports, and catch up on the industry’s progress towards greener aircraft fuels with the UK’s Sustainable Aviation coalition.
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In this issue
Covid-19: how governments are stepping in to rescue airports and airlines
As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, airlines and airports have been asking governments for financial support to prevent the aviation sector from collapsing. Adele Berti takes a look at some of the relief options being considered around the world, as well as the debate around the terms of bailouts.
Black swan events: how airports can draw hope from previous disasters
Having shuttered airports across the world, coronavirus is the biggest crisis ever to hit the sector, but hubs have had to contend with black swan events before, including terrorist attacks and 2010’s volcanic eruption in Iceland. Lessons were drawn from each of these emergencies, writes Ross Davies.
Carmageddon: the impact of ridesharing apps on airport congestion
The explosion in popularity of ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft in recent years has led to increased gridlock at some of the world’s biggest airports. Fortunately, there are options for hubs looking to use the trend to their advantage, as Ross Davies reports.
The evolution of airport wayfinding
From static panels to interactive digital kiosks, airports have invested billions to provide passengers with the most up-to-date signage and wayfinding technologies. Adele Berti reports on how this field has evolved and what it could look like in the years to come.
Q&A: PROAVIA on finding sustainability solutions for French airports
Proavia, the French trade association for airports and ATC technology, recently created the ‘French Technologies for Sustainable Airports’ directory to identify skills gaps at French airports and provide solutions from French companies. Julian Turner speaks with Proavia general delegate Marie Carru.
Q&A: fuelling the UK’s green recovery with Sustainable Aviation
In June, the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition requested that the aviation sector be placed at the heart of the UK Government’s green recovery plan. Ilaria Grasso Macola spoke to programme director Andy Jefferson about why sustainable aviation fuels are the future of the industry.
Airport winter operations: will heated runways ever take off?
As the Northern Hemisphere heads towards the summer months, the challenges of winter air travel quietly fall away. However, winter weather can often be anything but quiet. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks to the industry about the challenges winter poses and asks why heated runways have failed to take off.
Walk on the wild side: how nature is being used to calm air travellers
Natural forests, birdsong and even a glimpse of the aurora borealis are part of a project to soothe passenger nerves at Helsinki Airport. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at this and other innovative ways airports are trying to relieve stress by bringing the outside in.
Next issue preview
As coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines, we highlight the positive contribution that airports have made to relief efforts, take a closer look at policy changes suggested by Airports Council International (ACI) to support the industry’s recovery, and ask whether the pandemic could lead to a ‘reset’ in aviation’s approach to sustainability.
We speak to Aircraft Solutions USA to find out more about the process of upcycling and recycling aircraft. Also, after the UK announced a raft of ambitious new wind farm building projects, we ask whether more cooperation between the aviation and wind sectors could benefit both industries.
Turning towards technology, we take a deeper look at where artificial intelligence is likely to have the biggest impact on aviation, find out how blockchain is bringing next-generation capabilities to air cargo processing, and ask whether now is the right time for airports to invest more time and money into their online offerings.