Anne-Marie McKenna - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2013 • 18 February 2013 • Jirví Pos, CEO, Prague Airport Company
Two historic milestones came to pass at Prague International Airport in 2012. In April, the airport celebrated its 75th anniversary of operations. This was followed by the renaming of the airport in October to Václav Havel Airport Prague, in honour of the first president of Czechoslovakia and subsequently the Czech Republic after the 1989 revolution. Václav Havel was and remains a symbol of freedom and democracy for Czech people and others around the world. The change in name cements the airport as a modern aviation portal, serving as a prestigious gateway to the Czech Republic.Václav Havel Airport Prague is operated by the Letiste Praha Corporation, a subsidiary of Český Aeroholding. The holding company brings together companies involved in aviation transport and associated aviation services, owned by the government of the Czech Republic. Václav Havel Airport Prague, an international airport with around 11 million passengers passing through each year, handles more than 90 per cent of all passengers departing the Czech Republic and thus plays the key role in the current aviation infrastructure. Letiste Praha employs almost 2,000 people and another 15,000 people work in associated specialties, from handling to the relaxation studio.
Issue 1 2013 • 18 February 2013 • Dr John Allan Head of the Wildlife Programme at the UK Government's food and Environment Research Agency and Former Chairman of the International Birdstrike Committee Research Agency and former Chairman of the International Birdstrike Committee
Collisions between aircraft and wildlife have been acknowledged as a hazard to aviation since the first aircraft flew over 100 years ago. But despite many years of research into combatting the problem, wildlife strikes continue to be a serious safety concern for aviation regulators, airlines and airports.Occasional high-profile incidents, such as the crash of Flight 1549 into the Hudson River in 2009, bring the issues to the attention of passengers and the general public, but for the most part this is a risk that is not fully appreciated, even within the industry itself. It is not just the high-profile incidents that make the headlines that are of concern. Thousands of minor incidents, most causing no damage to aircraft, result in precautionary turn backs, engine checks, delays, cancellations and minor repairs that add up to at least $1.2 billion per year in operational costs to the world civil aircraft fleet.