International Airport Reveiw - 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 • Anders Nielsen, Vice President, Project and Development, Billund Airport
When it comes to air travel, efficient passenger flow through the airport is crucial for both a positive passenger experience, and efficient use of airport resources. Self-service check-in for seats solved part of the issue, but the efficiencies are lost if you have to stand in a queue to check-in your baggage once you get to the airport. At Billund Airport we tackled this issue with an innovative home-printed bag tag solution, which allows travellers to print and attach their baggage tags before they get to the airport.Billund Airport is the second largest airport in Denmark. While it was initially constructed to serve the near-by headquarters of the LEGO Company, one of the world’s largest toy companies, today our aim is to become one of the leading airports in Northern Europe in terms of service for passengers and airline companies.As proof of our commitment to that aim, in September 2012 Billund Airport became the world’s first airport to launch a home-print bag tag solution, allowing charter passengers to print their baggage tags at home together with their boarding card. The new system means pass - engers avoid having to queue when checking in their baggage, making life easier for passengers and airport check-in personnel.
Issue 1 2013 • 18 February 2013 • Timo Suorto, CDM Project Manager at Finavia Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
After four years of planning, testing and hard work, on 2 October 2012 Helsinki Airport became the first Nordic airport and only the seventh European airport to adopt the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) pro - cedure. By being one of the frontrunners in adopting Airport CDM, Timo Suorto, CDM Project Manager at Finavia Helsinki-Vantaa Airport explains how Helsinki Airport aims to smooth passengers’ travelling experience while strengthening its position as the leading North European transit airport.
Issue 1 2013 • 18 February 2013 • Dr Michael Kerkloh CEO and President, Flughafen München GmbH
Munich Airport experienced a very successful year in 2012. Despite the turbulent European economy, the airport was able to report a two per cent increase in total passenger numbers – 38.4 million passengers passed through Munich Airport over the year, an increase of 600,000 and an all-time high for the airport. This has helped cement it as an efficient and attractive international air transportation hub.
Issue 1 2013 • 18 February 2013 • Kim Thorbjørn Olsen Assistant Fire Chief, Copenhagen Airport
In May 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other specialists from different parts of the aviation industry set up large scale fire tests to compare compressed air foam systems (CAFS) with normal aspirated foam, using different foam products for Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) use to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Level B and Level C, including a comparison of fluorine-free foam with AFFF. These tests took place at the Centre National de Prévention et de Protection (CNPP) research facilities in Vernon, France, with the participation of UK CAA regulators, manufactures from the aviation and ARFF industries and airport fire fighters.