Airport Industry Review is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis. In this issue, we find out more about the impact that wind farms can have on air traffic control, explore what the aviation sector has done to assist relief efforts during the Covid-19 crisis, and find out whether blockchain will cut costs in air cargo operations.

In this issue

Road to recovery: discussing policy change with ACI World

Airports Council International (ACI) has recommended six areas of policy that should be implemented to support the airport industry’s recovery during and after the coronavirus crisis. Frances Marcellin spoke to ACI director of economics Patrick Lucas to find out why government help is so critical.

Read the Q&A here.

Grounded: how the aviation industry rallied to fight Covid-19

From donating to food banks to flying medical staff throughout Europe, the aviation sector has played a key role in providing support and relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Adele Berti takes a look at some of the positive contributions made by those working in the industry during the crisis.

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Q&A: sustainable aircraft recycling with NAAI

North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI) is currently building a new aircraft recycling facility in North Carolina, US. Adele Berti speaks to NAAI managing principal and general manager Sven Daniel Koechler, who explains how the centre is bidding to relieve overcrowding in the aircraft boneyard market in a sustainable way.

Read the Q&A here.

Aviation and wind farms: working together for a safer future

As the UK looks towards a renewable future, wind is set to play a key role. There remain some challenges though, not least the impact aviation and wind facilities can have on each other. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Alicia Green of RenewableUK and Mark Balsdon of NATS about how the industries can work together.

Read the article here.

Could the Covid-19 outbreak prompt a sustainability reset in aviation?

As the aviation industry grapples with recent events, there is an opportunity for change. Andrew Tunnicliffe talks with the CEO of Resilience First, Robert Hall, about how the potential to usher in a new age of sustainability rests on the aviation industry resisting the temptation to fixate on cost cutting.

Read the article here.

Fly AI: the role of artificial intelligence in aviation

The European Aviation High Level Group on AI has published a report assessing the benefits of using AI in aviation and air traffic management. Lead authors EUROCONTROL and SESAR JU discuss the report’s takeaways and where automation can help the sector take off in the coming years with Adele Berti.

Read the article here.

Will blockchain boost air cargo efficiency after Covid-19

Amid a global pandemic, there has arguably never been a better time to make the movement of air cargo more efficient and easier to monitor. Switching to blockchain could help make this achievable, creating crucial cost savings for stakeholders in the bargain, as Ross Davies reports.

Read the article here.

Going online: a saving grace for airport retail?

Airport retail relies heavily on passenger footfall which has all but disappeared during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frances Marcellin assesses the impact of the crisis on airport retail, and ask whether now is a good time for airports to reassess their online offering.

Read the article here.

Next issue preview

What are ‘frangible’ structures, and why are they so important for runway safety at airports? We answer this question and many more in the next issue of AIR.

Next time, we explore the debacle over passenger refunds. Has confusion during the pandemic implicated a need for more clarity and standardisation over the way that airlines handle refunds in the future? We also speak to interior designers about the ways that Covid-19 could fundamentally change airport design, and investigate technology that could be used to more seamless throughput at terminals.

We take a closer look at the frontrunners for Skytrax’s prestigious World Airport Awards, find out more about the sustainable ‘taxibots’ being deployed to cut idle fuel consumption at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and ask tech innovators Carlisle Interconnect Technologies about how to make passenger aircraft more cargo friendly.

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