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Airport Policy & Strategy - Articles and news items

An end-of-year report on UK Government policy on aviation and tourism

Issue 6 2015  •  27 November 2015  •  Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA)

As Britain enters the Christmas holiday period, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) and Editorial Board Member of International Airport Review, gives a verdict on the Government’s approach to two of the UK’s most successful and interlinked sectors – aviation and tourism – underlining that there is movement in the right direction, but more needs to be done...

Optimise your airport resources with the new Level of Services concept!

Webinars  •  6 October 2015  •  International Air Transport Association (IATA)

As the new LoS concept comes with a completely new philosophy, this webinar provides participants with detailed insights to this new framework and its proper application...

Whitepaper: The fight for Global Markets – Is three the magic number?

Whitepapers  •  28 April 2015  •  OAG

Read this report which provides a detailed analysis on the uncertain international growth picture facing U.S. airlines today...

Certifying French runway surfaces

Issue 6 2012  •  6 December 2012  •  Jonathan Gerthoffert, Programme Officer, Civil Aviation Technical Centre (France)

Certification of runway friction measuring devices is a strong commitment of the French State for the safety of aircraft operations. It ensures airport operators that devices meet the requirements in their ability to discriminate surfaces with different friction levels and their performances, and are consistent in terms of repeatability and reproducibility. It also makes measurements between different airports and service providers comparable, and ensures a uniform comprehension of the regulatory minimum friction level.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards require runways to be maintained to be able to provide good friction characteristics. Self-wetting continuous friction measuring equipment is the most widely used tool to measure runway surface characteristics. However, devicedependency of results and complexity of measuring systems require regular device quality controls. Since 2006, quality controls have been carried out by the French State as part of a certification process on friction measuring devices used for maintenance purposes.

ICAO forges agreement on 15-year air navigation strategy

Airport news  •  5 December 2012  •  ICAO

ICAO has come away from its landmark 12th Air Navigation Conference with resounding State and industry agreement...

Gatwick launches its surface transport strategy to support its vision for growth

Airport news  •  19 October 2012  •  Gatwick Airport

Gatwick has published its Airport Surface Access Strategy...

Light-Emitting Diode airfield lighting systems

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  John D. Bullough, Senior Scientist, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) airfield lighting is increasingly used at airports in the United States and abroad, largely because of the potential for this technology to produce substantial savings in terms of maintenance and energy costs1. Information about LED lighting systems in terms of performance, cost, and other operations issues is not readily found in a single location. In an effort to gather information about airport experiences and feedback with LED airfield lighting, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, through its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), appointed a panel of experts from airports, industry, government and academia to oversee a synthesis study, which has been recently published as ACRP Synthesis 35: Issues With Use of LED Airfield Light Fixtures. The objective of this synthesis study is to provide documentation about the performance of LED airfield lighting systems, and it is primarily intended for airfield operations managers and airport electrical maintenance staff.The detective work: The primary source of information for the synthesis was a survey of 22 airports and aviation agencies throughout the U.S. – including commercial, general aviation and military airports – conducted during the summer and fall of 2011. Airport managers and other individuals were asked about their experience with LED airfield lighting, and specific issues about installation, operation, maintenance, economics and their future outlook on this new technology.

The changing nature of the airport investor

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  David Bentley, Airport Finance Analyst and Writer

Thirty-three years after the first privatisation of an airport in Europe, this article examines how the nature of the investors is changing.It seems that the Initial Public Offer (IPO) – which was the chosen method for BAA’s privatisation – kick-started a wave of other full and partial IPOs on airports throughout Europe, including Vienna (1992), Copenhagen (1994), and Rome (1997), moving over to Auckland (1998) then Malaysia (1999), Zurich and (surprisingly at the time) Beijing (2000) and Frankfurt (2001). All these public issues were on substantial primary level airports, many of whose operators were becoming involved in ‘group’ activities, having themselves invested in other airports – often in different continents – through any one or more of a growing variety of means such as leases, concessions, trade sales, the many Build Operate Transfer (BOT) derivatives and Public Private Partnerships (PPP).In many ways it was a golden era. It could be argued that the privatisation of the unwieldy BAA was botched, that it might have been better to split it up then as it is being broken up right now, and of course it was de-listed anyway in 2006 when it was bought by a Ferrovial-led consortium. By and large though, the IPO has been a successful privatisation method. None of the other airports mentioned have substantially changed their ownership structure, even if the actual distribution of equity has varied significantly and investor returns are considerably better than they might expect from the airlines.

A victory for Polish airports

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  Rafal Marczewski, Poland’s National Co-ordinator for Airports

Poland’s football team may not have progressed as much as they would have liked in Euro 2012 but in terms of airport efficiency, the country certainly put in a winning performance over the two weeks.Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to Rafal Marczewski, Poland’s National Co-ordinator for Airports before the tournament regarding the plans for the country’s airport infrastructure throughout the two weeks (International Airport Review Issue 2 2012). In this issue, Mark catches up with Rafal again to see how he felt the airport operations had gone.Mark Glover: First of all, how are you feeling? Are you fully recovered from the experience?Rafal Marczewski: Yes, just about! The whole experience was excellent. As a football fan, I felt the whole tournament was a complete success with some excellent football being played with plenty of goals. I remember when we spoke before that I tipped Germany to go all the way but they just fell short – although the eventual winners, Spain, were worthy champions! Of course, the weather was also very good most of the time.

Eastern and central Europe’s retail partnership

Issue 4 2012  •  1 August 2012  •  Alan Bork, Commercial Director at Budapest Airport

It makes sense to bring together the central and eastern European travel retail and duty free industry under an umbrella association. Providing the members with a forum to exchange views, build relationships, and find common ground while establishing a united voice that can tackle local and regional issues as they arise. This initiative is already attracting support from key stakeholders who recognise the value it provides in helping to further develop the industry in the region and to guide it to reach its full potential.Although the volume of the duty free and travel retail sector in the region may not be that significant compared to the rest of Europe, one should pay attention to the growth rates in the region. While Europe’s overall share of global duty free sales decreased from 50 per cent in 1998 to 35 per cent in 2010, the Eastern European share increased from 3.7 to 7.6 per cent in the same period.That duty free and travel retail industry plays an important part in the airport sector is an increasingly clear position currently being recognised by all stakeholders including ACI. For most airports, as much as 40 per cent and even up to 60 per cent in some cases of total revenues are generated from non-aviation activity, where duty free and travel retail account for the biggest part.

Foundations laid for future growth of aviation as government unveils long-term strategy

Airport news  •  12 July 2012  •  Department of Transport (DfT)

More frequent flights to emerging markets, improved access to airports...

Travel retail can still cash-in

Issue 3 2012  •  6 June 2012  •  Frank O’Connell, President of the European Travel Retail Council (ETRC)

In 2010, the global duty-free and travel retail market recorded net sales of $39 billion1 despite the aviation sector being hit by the economic crisis. Having such a vibrant retail sector while many of the economic indicators are at half-mast should be a source of positivity.Commercial activity is, and will continue to be, one of the principle driving forces behind Europe’s airport industry in the years ahead. In 2010, non-aeronautical revenues, which accounted for 48 per cent of airports’ incomes, grew twice as fast as aeronautical revenues, as airports put greater emphasis on developing their retail activities. This enabled the airports to bring down the costs for airlines and passengers and to finance infrastructure improvements and expansion. The airport commercial sector is now such an important means of generating revenue that vibrant and attractive retail areas are considered by airport operators to be a critical element of their facility modernisation plans.Development prospects for the duty free and travel retail industry are good, both within the EU and outside its borders. In the next 20 years, I expect that our industry will track and indeed outperform the forecast increases in air traffic, with specifically, travellers from Asia and the Middle East representing a major economic potential.

Stansted’s sporting legacy

Issue 3 2012  •  1 June 2012  •  Tim Hawkins, Planning and Regulatory Director, London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is delighted to be an official provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is very proud to be one of the first to say ‘hello’ to the thousands of visitors and spectators arriving in the United Kingdom.The Games are a unique and amazing opportunity to show what Britain has to offer and can provide a real boost to jobs, businesses and in-bound tourism. As the nearest major airport to the Olympic Village, Stansted has a key role in providing the best possible welcome to those coming to the Games from around the world as well as showcasing to potential new customers what the airport has to offer.Stansted’s terminal and airfield have already been developed to serve 35 million passengers a year. We are currently serving around 18 million passengers a year, so we have the infrastructure and spare capacity that can be utilised during the Games to deal with the uplift in aircraft movements and passenger traffic. This includes the operational capability to accommodate the world’s largest planes, such as the Airbus A380.

Middle Eastern states agree on strategy for enhancing aviation security

Airport news  •  11 May 2012  •  ICAO

States from across the Middle East agreed on collective action to improve passenger and cargo security...

Poland is ready

Issue 2 2012  •  29 March 2012  •  Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

The Ukraine and Poland will be jointhosting the European Football Championships in June, creating a range of operational challenges on the countries’ airport infrastructures. Mark Glover, from International Airport Review spoke to Rafal Marczewski, the National Airport Controller of Poland and the Polish State Enterprise’s Representative for UEFA EURO 2012, about how the country’s airports are preparing for this festival of football.Mark Glover: Is Poland prepared for the increased rise in passenger numbers in the summer?Rafal Marczewski: Our challenges began even before the teams had qualified for this tournament, as we did not know which teams would be playing where and when and therefore how many passengers or fans of a certain country would be attending. We liaised closely with our colleagues at UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and also internally between all of the major airports. We obviously know that the passenger numbers will increase, so we had to look beyond our main airports for traffic and include a range of ‘supporting’ airports. These will be utilised if the infrastructure, currently under construction, is late, or if there are problems with capacity or cargo. So along with the four main airports, we now have four supporting airports. Warsaw Airport will be supported by Lódź Airport, Gdańsk by Bydgoszcz, Poznań by Zielona Góra and Wrocław by Katowice.

 

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