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AIRBUS A380 lands in the City of Angels

3 April 2007 | By Steve Coldicott

Los Angeles, Calif. March 19, 2007 – The world’s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, landed today in Los Angeles, California, and received a welcome worthy of the movie stars the region is most known for.

Cancún International Airport expands

3 April 2007 | By Fernando Chico Pardo, Chairman and CEO, ASUR

This article presents an overview of the ambitious airport development projects in the region in recent years: the expansion of Cancún International Airport in the southeast of Mexico.

A new approach to runway safety

3 April 2007 | By Tuuli Daavittila, Tom Hätinen, Head Investigator and Matts-Anders Nyberg, Deputy Director, Finavia

Over the last few years, international organisations have recommended various national and international campaigns that could be used to help improve flight safety culture at a national and global level. Finland has responded to these recommendations in a unique way and through a widely implemented campaign.

Surface friction management at MSP

3 April 2007 | By Joshua Paurus and Jeff Mattson, Assistant Managers, Airside Operations Department, Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is a public corporation of the State of Minnesota, USA. With staff of approximately 550 employees, the MAC owns and operates MSP and six reliever airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Operating much like a private business, the MAC pays expenses from the revenues…

Toronto Pearson International Airport: partners in security

3 April 2007 | By Jim Bertram, Director of Public Safety and Security Steering Committee, ACI-NA (Airports Council International – North America)

With the ever-changing aviation industry, security at airports worldwide has been called upon to adapt in preparation of new and rising global threats. At Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) mitigates the risk posed by global and local events by administering a comprehensive security program.

World’s first FOD detection system at YVR

3 April 2007 | By Brett Patterson, Director, Operations Safety and Planning, Vancouver Airport Authority

In March 2000 an A330 departed YVR’s runway 08R shortly after 8pm. During its takeoff roll, and unknown to the flight crew, the port engine cowling fell off the aircraft and shattered into hundreds of pieces down one side of the runway. The flight crew of the tenth aircraft to…

Managing the risks of bird strikes

3 April 2007 | By Dr. Richard A. Dolbeer, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Chairperson, Bird Strike Committee USA

When making a list of the activities that an airport manager must oversee, most people would never consider a program to manage birds and other wildlife. However, aircraft collisions with birds (bird strikes) at airports are an increasing economic and safety problem for the air transport industry worldwide. Based on…

Emissions trading and the aviation industry

3 April 2007 | By Andreas Hardeman, Assistant Director Aviation and Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Climate change is a serious matter that concerns us all. Rightly there is a public debate about how to limit CO2 or carbon emissions, the main greenhouse gas linked to climate change. As one of the contributors to global CO2 emissions, the air transport industry takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.…

Fuel efficiency

3 April 2007 | By Juergen Haacker, Director Operations. International Air Transport Association

Conserving fuel is important for two very obvious reasons. First, given the high price of oil, airlines can save considerable sums of money by using less fuel through improved fuel efficiency. Secondly, if an airplane uses less fuel, it will produce lower CO2 emissions. Just a 1% reduction in the…

Single European Sky (SES) objectives in sight

3 April 2007 | By Mr. Bernard Martens, Chairman of FAB Europe Steering Group

In 2006, six countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland – undertook to take a step closer towards the Single European Sky objectives and to closely cooperate to enhance air traffic management in the core area of Europe. The "Functional Airspace Block (FAB) Europe Central" feasibility study,…

Ground handling at AIA

3 April 2007 | By Yiorgos Varsamis, Manager, Airines Handling, Athens International Airport S.A.

Athens International Airport’s mission in the area of ground handling can be summarised as “ensuring the reliable supply of quality services at an optimal price level”. In pursuit of this objective, Athens International Airport S.A. (AIA) is actively involved in a triangular relationship with the ground handling providers and the…

Brisbane’s Airport City set to soar

3 April 2007 | By Otto Ambagtsheer, General Manager Commercial Services, Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd

South East Queensland is in the midst of an unprecedented population boom. An additional one million people are expected to call the region home over the next two decades. At the same time more international visitors than ever before are choosing Brisbane as their preferred Australian destination...

From Peru to the world

3 April 2007 | By Jaime Daly Arbulú, General Manager, Lima Airport Partners

More than a decade ago, Latin American governments opted for exploring various European privatisation and concession models as a mechanism to promote private investment in the development of public services. The main goal was to look for other financing sources, no longer from public resources, to ensure that the entire…

Rebuilding Toronto Pearson

6 February 2007 | By Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Having recently been voted Best Global Airport 2006 by the Institute of Transport Management, Toronto Pearson International Airport is delivering on a decade-old promise.

Airport CDM and the ground handling industry

6 February 2007 | By Elisabeth Lagios, Airport CDM Project Manager, EUROCONTROL

It is a fact that airports currently face the challenge of constantly increasing air traffic demand. Very few new airports are planned or under construction, and a saturated infrastructure will, in turn, make the job of maintaining maximum operational efficiency more and more complex.