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Issue 4 2010 • 10 August 2010 • Richard Piper, Editor, International Airport Review
Building an airport is a very complex process indeed. In order for such a large scale project to be successful, many different aspects must come together to achieve the same common goal. So what if there was a way to see these varying aspects in operation under one roof before you begin? Based in Fürth, near Nuremburg, the Siemens Airport Center (SAC) is a truly unique facility designed to offer just that. The objective: to provide market specific solutions to both airports and airlines.
Issue 4 2010 • 9 August 2010 • Richard Piper, Editor, International Airport Review
On 8 June, just 12 months after my last visit to the Baltic, I found myself in the business class cabin of an airBaltic Boeing 737 on my way to Riga once more. Having been handed a press pack on the aircraft I duly opened this up and proceeded to browse the lineup for the following day’s conference “North Hub Riga.”On arrival, myself and a handful of other journalists were met by Ketrina, our representative from airBaltic, who immediately led us to a waiting car. We were then driven through the warm evening to the Latvian National Opera, where we were to watch a magnificent performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico. A thoroughly pleasant way to spend the first evening.
The aim of the conference was to discuss current global trends in the aviation industry, with a specific focus on the Baltic region. This would also include discussions and presentations looking at the development of RIX, on its way to becoming an important air traffic hub.
The world is going through a period of change more rapid and arguably more profound than at any time in its modern history. The degree and speed of change is having profound impacts on the critical infrastructures on which States rely. Climate change will entail huge upheavals in the longer term, but already it is linked to increasingly frequent bouts of extreme weather. Our utilisation of ICT continues to break new ground, but also entails new dependencies and vulnerabilities. The networks which our most vital infrastructure is part of, and dependent upon, have become so complex that they are almost impossible to fully analyse. Our systems are more tightly coupled and susceptible to cascade failure, while our society and economy is less resilient to temporary disruptions than ever.