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A railway to your airport – ally or enemy?

11 September 2006 | By Andrew Sharp, Director General, International Air Rail Organisation

That question is already answered in most of Europe but it is still the subject of debate in North America, where rail transport is regarded as too expensive, detrimental to parking revenues and surplus to demand. The advantages, counters Andrew Sharp, outweigh the disadvantages.

Coping with growth

11 September 2006 | By Robert Hilliard, Director, Dublin Airport & Paul O’Kane, Communications Manager – Capital Development Programme, Dublin Airport

It’s a problem that faces most of Europe’s airports; the construction process is not always conducive to an efficient boarding process. One solution, employed at Dublin Airport, is Temporary Boarding Gates.

A unique brand of airport

11 September 2006 | By Urs Brütsch, Head of Marketing Communication, Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG)

Winning passenger figures depend on winning passenger trust. Urs Brütsch explains the role of marketing in securing the hearts, minds and business of consumers.

Warming up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

11 September 2006 | By Monhla Hlahla, Managing Director, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

All eyes will be on South Africa in 2010 when the FIFA World Cup is staged on the African continent for the first time in its history. With doubts raised that the country’s infrastructure will cope, ACSA have initiated a R5.2 billion upgrade programme to ensure that when the spotlight…

Retail therapy

11 September 2006 | By Mohamed Mounib, Managing Director – Abu Dhabi Duty Free and In-flight Catering

The major expansion projects designed to maintain the city of Abu Dhabi as a business and tourism hub have necessitated a parallel expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport in order to accommodate the ever increasing traffic growth. With Etihad Airways – the national carrier of the UAE – constantly increasing…

A holistic approach to asset management

11 September 2006 | By Mogens Kornbo, Vice President and COO, Copenhagen Airports

Respect for quality, efficiency and economy drive asset management at Copenhagen Airports. Mogens Kornbo discusses how a holistic approach, tracking the broadest sector developments down to the smallest gear wheel, makes it possible to plan and build for the airport of tomorrow based on a flexible, total economy.

64 games, 147 goals and 3,357 extra flights

11 September 2006 | By Thomas Klein, Head of ATM Operations and Capacity Planning, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

Thirty-two teams comprising players, trainers and support staff, 12,000 journalists, thousands of VIPs and several million fans were expected in Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. All of them had to be transported safely and punctually – at the busiest time of the year in terms of tourist travel…

Emergency management at Canada’s largest airport

11 September 2006 | By Deane Johanis, Manager – Emergency Planning, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Toronto Pearson International Airport has been undergoing a metamorphosis over the past ten years, changing from a publicly funded and operated facility, to a privately funded and operated, state-of-the-art complex. Deane Johanis assesses the development of an emergency management program at an airport being built around an existing airport –…

From city airport to airport city

16 June 2006 | By Koen Roojimans, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Managing Director and CEO

With the population of south east Queensland on the rise and the region becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination – over 16 million people are travelling through Brisbane Airport every year – now is the time to lock in the benefits of growth by investing in the future, explains…

Reliability and efficiency: setting the scene

16 June 2006 | By Dr Chris J. Smith, Managing Director, SH&E Limited

Question: How can an inherently simple activity of moving a suitcase from one place to another be so complex? Answer: When it takes place at an airport.

Educating the interest

16 June 2006 | By Selina Johnson, Manager, Business Development & Training,American Association of Airport Executives

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the largest professional organisation for airport executives in the world, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public use airports.AAAE’s primary goal is to assist airport executives in fulfilling their responsibilities to the airports and communities they serve.

Aircraft Interior Access Vehicles for ARFF

16 June 2006 | By Dan Pierce, Airport Safety Officer, Los Angeles World Airports

Today, there are more commercial passenger aircraft flying than ever. In 2005, there were more than 11 million departures for U.S. air carriers alone – this is equivalent to approximately 31 thousand daily departures.

Baggage handling systems experts

16 June 2006 | By Patrick Teo, BCS Group CEO

From ensuring airlines depart on time to delivering baggage safely and reliably to passengers at their destination, love them or hate them, baggage handling systems (BHS) are vital to the smooth running of every airport.

A budget terminal for budget airlines

16 June 2006 | By Foo Sek Min, Director, Airport Management, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Low Cost Carriers may be a familiar sight at airports in the US and Europe but in Asia they are an emerging trend, with competition just starting to heat up. Airports that traditionally served hub-and-spoke carriers are now having to re-think how to cater to different needs.

Profiling runways

16 June 2006 | By Marc Stet, member of the CROW Airport Study Group on PCN and the Study Group on Runway Roughness

Aircraft computer simulation is effective in identifying and assessing aircraft response to pavement roughness, as Marc Stet explains. The responsibility for runway roughness lies with each individual airport operating authority. ICAO’s Annex 14 contains only very general information regarding airfield pavement roughness.