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Issue 4 2008



How ICAO is making climate change a priority issue

1 August 2008 | By Jane Hupe, Chief of the ICAO Environmental Unit and Secretary for the ICAO Council Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP)

The effects of international aviation on the environment have been a concern to ICAO for more than 40 years. The first ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for noise were adopted in 1971 and for aircraft engine emissions in 1981, long before the average air traveller was introduced to the…


Sustainable aviation: Managing the challenge of growth

1 August 2008 | By Dan Elwell, FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Environment

Aviation has become an essential element of the U.S. and the world’s economy in the last 60 years. It has made the world a neighbourhood and redefined the nature of opportunity. Aviation is a crucial driver of economic development in large areas of the world and supports the world’s largest…


Fraport focuses on long-term applied environmental protection

1 August 2008 | By Dr. Peter Marx, Fraport, Vice President of Environmental Management, Fraport AG

Global – Ecological – Sustainable. The corporate environmental strategy is confronted with a new challenge with Fraport’s expansion. Successful approaches for the airport’s central environmental aspects – aircraft noise and climate protection – can only be developed and implemented within a sustainable strategic approach.


An interview with Mr. Dimitrios Gatsonis

1 August 2008 | By Dimitrios Gatsonis, Deputy CEO, Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport has introduced its new passenger security screening system for a total investment of HUF 900 million. The new equipment will make security screening quicker and seamless, cutting waiting time and enhancing security. The baggage belts before and after the X-ray machine are longer, enabling four passengers to use…


ASA fuel services: focusing on the client

1 August 2008 | By Alejandro Ríos, Director, Fuel Services, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares

In these uncertain times of skyrocketing fuel prices, all stakeholders (airlines, suppliers, into-plane agents) need to devise intelligent strategies to reduce costs and face the market conditions together. In this regard, ASA fuel services (AFS) has a structured management system that puts the client as its utmost priority. It encompasses…


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…