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Interview with skyguide’s Laurent Delétraz

24 May 2016  •  Author(s): International Airport Review

Laurent Delétraz, Sales and Business Development Manager at air traffic management solutions provider, skyguide, discusses implementation of the new RNAV approaches in Sweden.

Laurent Delétraz, Sales and Business Development Manager, skyguide

You have extensive experience in airport operations, what changes have you noticed in the industry over your career to date?

I gained experience quite early when I got my pilot’s license at Geneva Airport in Switzerland. At that time the aviation environment was under far less pressure, and we had the opportunity to share the infrastructure between the different flying communities. The airlines, business aviation, general aviation, flight schools and all the users of the airspace were operating in relative harmony. I furthered my experience during my professional career as a pilot in business aviation, where it became increasingly important to get on-time access to airports to support my passengers in doing business.

During that same period, the aviation sector experienced a rapid change in its business and environment with the introduction in Europe of the low-cost airline model. The resulting increase in passenger demand had to be faced, while ensuring the sustainable growth of the aviation industry. This was in the context of more harmonisation and regulation worldwide – and in particular in Europe with the European Commission.

I am now with skyguide, providing support to our customers’ operations. I am very close to the airports and can clearly see a transformation which has enabled them to develop and stay focused on their business, while playing a key role in the economic development of the region they serve.

Market liberalisation, such as that experienced in Sweden, is certainly a key factor to be seen as an opportunity for the airports that can now choose their service providers and benefit from the competition. The flip-side for airports is that they will receive less direct public funding, reducing to zero in the coming years…

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