Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we explore the rise of touchless technology in the wake of Covid-19, map out aircraft storage hotspots around the world, and speak to the CEO of aviation start-up KinectAir about making ‘aircraft on demand’ a reality.

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In this issue

Covid-19: where did all the aircraft go?

To remain afloat during the ongoing economic recession, airlines have been forced to implement extreme measures, such as tucking their aircraft into storage. Ilaria Grasso Macola looks at the facilities that have become hotspots for aircraft storage during the pandemic.

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Q&A: planning for survival in the aviation industry with INFORM

Luke Christou speaks to Uschi Schulte Sasse, senior vice president for the aviation division at optimisation software company INFORM, to find out more about the challenges airports may face, what needs to be prioritised, and how planning software can aid the industry in its recovery.

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MedAire: a lifeline for cabin crew in medical emergencies

An app created by MedAire allows flight crew to take on the role of a first responder, equipping them to handle critical cases including infectious diseases. Frances Marcellin spoke to MedAire global medical director Dr Paulo Alves to find out more.

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Combatting wildlife trafficking through airports

ACI World recently conducted a webinar called ‘Actions airports can take to combat wildlife trafficking’, in which experts spoke about what aviation stakeholders can do to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Frances Marcellin looks at how criminals are still able to smuggle animals and animal goods, and asks what is being done to help airport staff identify wildlife trafficking.

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Aircraft on demand: inside KinectAir’s regional air mobility model

Powered by an artificial intelligence-driven app and an upcoming fleet of hybrid electric aircraft, KinectAir is looking to solve long-standing inefficiencies in today’s commercial aviation sector. Adele Berti finds out more.

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The rise of touchless technology at airports

With Covid-19 creating new safety priorities for transport hubs, airports have accelerated a long-awaited transition to touchless technologies. Adele Berti takes a look at some of the most promising contact-free applications and the airports pioneering them.

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Managing the world’s unmanned drone fleets

Altitude Angel and Inmarsat are developing a tracking and management capability for drones to help support blue light emergency services. Altitude Angel head of ATM Phil Binks tells Adele Berti more about the system and how drones are making their way to the broader aviation industry.

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Creating sustainable aviation fuels for a net-zero future

In June, UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced the creation of the Jet Zero Council, which aims to make zero-carbon transatlantic flights a reality within a generation. Julian Turner talks to Dr Neville Hargreaves, vice president at sustainable fuels technology company Velocys and a member of the Jet Zero coalition.

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Next issue preview

In a special roundtable feature, we bring in airport CEOs and stakeholders to answer the industry’s biggest questions: what steps should the aviation sector take in the short and long term to maximise its chances of recovery?

We take a look at layoffs and disruption in baggage handling after Swissport announced that its UK workforce would see drastic cuts, and ask how airports can diversify revenues to offset lower passenger footfall in terminals. We also find out whether e-learning training programmes for pilots will see a boost after the Covid-19 crisis.

In an in-depth analysis, we profile waste-reducing innovations being trialled at San Diego Airport, find out more about Saudi Arabia’s massive new airport being introduced to support luxury tourism in the area, and speak to Bristol-based Electric Aviation Group about its work to bring about the world’s first hybrid-electric regional aircraft that seats more than 70 people.