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Issue 3 2006



From humble beginnings

11 September 2006 | By HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President – Department of Civil Aviation, Dubai

Aviation in Dubai was once limited to a single, modest port built on dusty wasteland. Now, it knows no limits. Dubai International Airport is expanding in a US$ 4.1 billion development programme, while 40 kilometres away, work has begun on constructing the world’s largest airport.


Improving safety standards for ground handling

11 September 2006 | By Mike O’Brien, Director – Operational Safety Audit Programme, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that ground damage costs airlines US$4 billion per year. Mike O’Brien reports on efforts to reduce the cost 50% by 2010 through the Ground Damage Prevention Programme (GDPP).


Regulating dangerous goods

11 September 2006 | By David Brennan, Assistant Director – Special Cargo Standards, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

On the face of it, transporting dangerous goods by air, particularly on passenger aircraft would appear to be counter intuitive. The reality is that regulations for the air transport of dangerous goods have been in place for over 50 years.


Fuelling excellence at HKIA

11 September 2006 | By B S Chow, General Manager – Aviation Logistics Business Unit, Airport Authority Hong Kong

In October 2004, Hong Kong International Airport was presented with an IATA Fuel Trade Forum award in recognition of the excellent management of its aviation fuel system. B S Chow discusses the pioneering design and unique characteristics that have seen the system become an industry model.


The lights will be on

11 September 2006 | By Daniel Hartman, Airfield Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

How does an airport that experiences Arctic type weather consistently remain open? Daniel Hartman discusses the demands of an Alaskan winter, when ambient temperatures can fall as low as -38 degrees, with wind chills down to -60, equipment oil and hydraulic fluids are like thick syrup and starter heads blow…


The next step in aviation security

11 September 2006 | By Rob. L. Townsend, SOC Analyst, San Francisco International Airport

To counter an ever present, ever shifting threat, aviation security must be a constant work in progress. At San Francisco International Airport, that progress has recently leapt forward.


Twelve-month summer: friction testing at Arlanda

11 September 2006 | By Pär Blom, Training Officer – Field Department, Stockholm/Arlanda Airport

To ensure the safe take-off and landing of aircraft, it is essential for airports to provide pilots with an accurate assessment of runway surface conditions. Pär Blom explains the principles behind friction testing, one of aviation’s least celebrated, but most critical procedures.


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 –…