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Issue 3 2012



To be the best means being safe

6 June 2012 | By Arun Rao, former Chief of Aerodromes, Air Routes and Ground Aids, ICAO

The growth of air traffic movements to meet the demands of the travelling public has led to the expansion and modernisation of airports to handle a greater number of aircrafts of different sizes and capacities. Airports have been competing amongst themselves to be the best, to succeed in attracting and…


Progressing the industry

6 June 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

Following the resignation of CANSO’s former Director General Graham Lake, Samantha Sharif, CANSO’s Director of Industry Affairs has stepped in as Interim Director General. Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke with Samantha about this new role, the supposed decrease in Air Traffic Controllers and the much lauded Waypoint 2013…


The Joint Undertaking takes off

6 June 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

SESAR Joint Undertaking, the body which manages the technological wing of the Single European Sky, will soon release an updated version of its ATM Masterplan, which maps out Europe’s future Air Traffic Management system. Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke with Executive Director Patrick Ky to get an insight…


Continued handling of the A380

6 June 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

Five years after its maiden flight, the Airbus A380 continues to grow its operations around the world. Key to the aircraft’s smooth consolidation with airports was Airbus’ early involvement with ground handlers. In this special interview, Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to two of Airbus’ key figures in…


Travel retail can still cash-in

6 June 2012 | By Frank O’Connell, President of the European Travel Retail Council (ETRC)

In 2010, the global duty-free and travel retail market recorded net sales of $39 billion1 despite the aviation sector being hit by the economic crisis. Having such a vibrant retail sector while many of the economic indicators are at half-mast should be a source of positivity. Commercial activity is, and…


Being safe on the ground

6 June 2012 | By Günther Mätschnigg, IATA Senior Vice President, Safety, Operations and Infrastructure

Although the role of ground handling is fundamental to safe and reliable airline operations, historically it has not received as much attention as other areas of the business that directly influence revenues and costs. This may be owing to a number of factors. When airlines did everything in-house, the need…


Coping in Copenhagen

6 June 2012 | By Dan Meincke, Director of Traffic and Airside Operations, Copenhagen Airport

The date was 23 December 2010. Copenhagen Airport (CPH) had prepared for the peak travel day of the Christmas season with 70,000 excited passengers ready to pass through its terminals. We were all ready and had successfully managed to handle traffic, despite several weeks of snow. What we did not…


Passenger screening checkpoints: Fortess security or business asset?

1 June 2012 | By Norman Shanks, Professor in Aviation Security, Coventry University

One of the universal truths about modern air travel is that nobody likes the passenger pre-board screening process. Whilst pass - engers questioned immediately after a successful or foiled terrorist attack will readily say that they accept the pre-board screening process as it is there to ensure their safety, opinion…


Detecting a tragedy

1 June 2012 | By Mr Nutt, Vice President, Aviation Safety, Airports of Thailand

The risks of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) have been well documented, both within the industry and the main stream media. The tragic events of Air France flight 4590, when Concorde crashed at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, was caused by a piece of debris on the runway – a titanium…


An airport city rises

1 June 2012 | By John Atkins, Airport City Director, Manchester Airports Group

Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester in northern England, is recognised as the world’s first industrialised city, and at the turn of the 18th century outstripped even London as the largest centre for manufacturing, not just in the UK, but throughout the world. Today, a post-industrialised Manchester is notable for…


Stansted’s sporting legacy

1 June 2012 | By Tim Hawkins, Planning and Regulatory Director, London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is delighted to be an official provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is very proud to be one of the first to say ‘hello’ to the thousands of visitors and spectators arriving in the United Kingdom. The Games are a unique and amazing…


Moving into the 21st century

1 June 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

Gatwick Airport is undergoing a major refurbishment that is set to improve the passenger experience and encourage airlines to use its facilities. Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to Angus McIntyre, Airline Business Development Manager at Gatwick to talk about the plans to compete with London’s ‘other’ airport and…


Creating an experience at Orlando International Airport

1 June 2012 | By Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

When 50 million visitors are attracted to your city in a single year, you had better be prepared to exceed expecta - tions. As the number one family-friendly destination in the United States, Orlando’s first impression and last impression are often made by the one place that connects travellers to…