Airport industry intelligence report 2023
16 October 2023
This Airport Intelligence Report seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs within the aviation industry, with a particular focus on sustainability, accessibility, airport experience, airspace modernisation, and technological advancements.
In an era defined by rapid globalisation, air travel has become indispensable in our interconnected world. Airports, as pivotal hubs of this global network, play a critical role in facilitating the movement of people and goods, contributing significantly to the economic vitality of nations and regions. The efficient operation and security of airports are paramount, not only for ensuring the smooth flow of travellers but also for safeguarding against evolving threats in an increasingly complex and connected world.
This Airport Intelligence Report seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs within the aviation industry, with a particular focus on sustainability, accessibility, airport experience, airspace modernisation, and technological advancements. As we delve into the intricate web of airport operations, it becomes apparent that the challenges faced by these critical infrastructures are multifaceted and continuously evolving.
One of the key facets explored in this report is the industry’s biggest existential threat: climate change, and the urgent need for airports to become more sustainable. This will be key to airports’ licence to operate in the future.
Airports must also continue to innovate the passenger experience and deploy technology to increase operational efficiency, enhance capacity and provide a seamless experience. Putting passengers at the heart of airport operations will not only mean a happy passenger, but passenger spend follows.
Airspace modernisation will also play a key role in reducing the carbon footprint of the industry, and also contribute to safer and more efficient skies.
Striving to make airports more accessible is not only the right thing to do, it makes business sense. Globally, it is estimated that over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, live with a disability and this number is growing due in part to medical advances and growing life expectancies. Any one of us can expect to spend an average of eight years living with a disability so it makes no sense to cut airports off to this large number of potential travellers.
If we are to double the air transport industry size by 2041, then airports must work together with their stakeholders to deliver a more sustainable, seamless and efficient industry. This report will examine strategies, best practices, and innovative approaches employed by leading airports around the world to tackle these challenges.
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