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Dubai Airports: a new chapter in world aviation

1 August 2008 | By His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCA & Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group

Dubai is undergoing dynamic growth in all areas of its economy, which has long diversified away from the oil sector. Today, the contribution of the oil sector to Dubai’s GDP is under five per cent, while the services sector, with an average annual growth rate of 21 per cent since…

New Doha International Airport

1 August 2008 | By Akbar Al-Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA), currently under construction in Doha, is set to propel the State of Qatar further into the international spotlight when it opens in less than three years’ time.

The master plan

1 August 2008 | By Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

In line with the government of Abu Dhabi’s aims to transform the capital of the UAE into a vibrant, broad-based economy, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the industrial, real estate and tourism development in the federation’s largest Emirate. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner operator of both…

Creating a bright future

1 August 2008 | By Mr Fawaz Abdulaziz Al-Farah, President of Civil Aviation, Kuwait

The largest development project in the 80-year history of Kuwait International Airport is taking shape. A state-of-the-art aviation hub for the region will create an impressive ‘front door’ for visitors to this dynamic nation.

One of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East

1 August 2008 | By Jean Pierre Tabet, Chief Commercial Officer, Cairo International Airport

CAIRO International Airport, with a wider range of traveller amenities and the brand new Terminal 3 (currently under construction), promises to make the airport experience more exciting and pleasant for passengers. After the opening of the terminal in the fourth quarter of 2008, Cairo International Airport will comprise of three…

The BASIC approach to biometrics at U.S. airports

1 August 2008 | By Colleen Chamberlain, AAAE Staff Vice President, Transportation Security Policy

Biometrics are coming to U.S. airports. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are seriously considering how to implement biometric identifier systems as part of aviation worker credentialing and access control systems at U.S. airports. In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives just…

Providing technical and industry expertise

1 August 2008 | By Barry Goff, Chairman, International Friction Pavement Association (IFPA)

The IFPA was created to focus beyond engineering and manufacturing, and bring in representation as we have done with our Board of Directors: someone from the airlines (Southwest) with a pilot's perspective; someone from the manufacturing side (Boeing); and others to begin looking at runway friction testing, from the end-users’…

Coping with the growth of the industry

1 August 2008 | By Dr. Ghanem Al-Hajri, Director General, Sharjah Airport Authority and Secretary General Gulf Airports Services Association

There has been an almost global trend to reduce the economic regulation of transportation markets. This has sometimes extended beyond the airline market and is gradually being seen in other components of the air transportation supply chain, such as airports and ground handlers.

FAB Europe Central enters a new phase

1 August 2008 | By Daniel Weder

22 July 2008; The air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and the civil aviation and military authorities of the six States Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have carried out a detailed feasibility study on the creation of a so-called Functional Airspace Block (FAB). The study shows that a…

World class environmental management

30 May 2008 | By Janell Barrilleaux, Director of Environmental Programmes, Denver International Airport

Located on 53 square miles of prairie land northeast of Denver, Denver International Airport (DEN) is a unique place in a unique setting, facing both environmental challenges and opportunities. Owned by the City of Denver, DEN is the newest major airport in the United States. The airport has been recognised…

Manchester Airports Group – Environmental Agenda

30 May 2008 | By Penny Coates, Managing Director, Manchester Airports Group, Regional Airports Division

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) announced in 2006 that all ground operations within the Group - Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside - would be carbon neutral by 2015.

The UK Border Agency

30 May 2008 | By Lin Homer, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency

Richard Piper speaks to Lin Homer, Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency, about what is being done to strengthen UK borders and how they are utilising the latest advances in technology.

Protecting airport infrastructure

30 May 2008 | By Martin Aggar, Chairman, British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Civil Aviation Section

The requirements of security measures and associated procedures to protect the infrastructure of airports are significant and increasingly important. For, in addition to the airlines and other aviation operators using airports, the travelling public, staff, suppliers, contractors and maintenance companies also need to be included in any protective strategy. This…

Change and challenge in European Air Traffic Management

30 May 2008 | By David McMillan, Director General, EUROCONTROL

It might be a truism, but change is gradually changing. This can be seen in the accelerating rate that new inventions are adopted wide-scale. The World Bank recently conducted a study into this and found that in the past, it took a long time before new technology was adopted.

‘World Class Emergency Services at a World Class Airport’

30 May 2008 | By Jessie Gentry, Division Commander of Fire Operations – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is known as the economic engine for North Texas. It is strategically located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and serves as the gateway to air travel around the world. At over 18,000 acres and with seven runways, DFW continues to be…