Aviation has had a very uncertain month. As the war in Ukraine continues, routes and operations have, understandably, been disrupted. A combination of sanctions against Russia and airspace restrictions against EU and NATO members leads to a complicated situation for operators, passengers, and manufacturers alike. 

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In this issue, we look at the impact that this conflict will have on the tourism and aviation industries, not just in the regions in conflict but also further afield. In tandem, we also find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected long-haul flights, and how this has in turn had a knock-on effect on emissions.

Elsewhere, we learn about some of the newest developments in Australia when it comes to security and baggage handling. We profile Perth Airport’s new CT scanning technology being rolled out across all baggage screening points, as part of the country’s new Aviation Recovery Framework policy.

We also profile the new digitalised baggage handling system being put in place by Vanderlande at the under-construction Western Sydney Airport, which is reportedly the most advanced system in Australia.

As well as all of this, we learn about UK Research and Innovation’s new project to fund innovation in the aviation sector, how LiDAR technology can improve airport security, and how digital signage can improve airports.  

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

Peter Nilson, editor

In this issue

Under the x-ray: improving security at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is on track to upgrade and modernise its baggage screening systems across all airport terminals with A$13m of investment. Frankie Youd profiles the new technology.

How will the Russia-Ukraine conflict impact aviation?

The aviation sector was still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic when it was hit by numerous challenges related to the Ukraine-Russia war. Sofia Karadima investigates.

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Covid-19’s long-haul effect will impact emissions

First the pandemic, now the war. Long-distance flying was not expected to recover until 2024, but now the wait could be longer. As a result, aviation emissions are decreasing. Dave Keating investigates.

Inside Vanderlande’s new baggage handling system for SWZ

Western Sydney Airport has contracted Vanderlande Industries Australia, a subsidiary of Toyota, to design, build and maintain its tote-based baggage handling system. Jasleen Mann finds out how the bespoke baggage system will work.

Reach for the sky: innovation in aviation

The aviation industry is undergoing change, and Future Flight Challenge has been created to facilitate innovation. Frankie Youd speaks to Simon Masters, Innovate UK deputy director, to find out more about the challenge ahead, as well as what projects the programme is currently working on

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A recent cyberattack attempted to crash the website of Bradley International Airport, but luckily it did not impact operations.

Distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks have been an increasing problem when it comes to cybersecurity. However, this is not the only type of threat that airports have to deal with.

We find out what airports need to keep in mind when it comes to cybersecurity.

In the meantime, you can follow @Airport_Mag to keep up to date with all the latest news.

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