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Issue 4 2011

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Indian Airports continue to blossom

8 August 2011 | By V.P. Agrawal, Chairman, Airports Association of India (AAI)

As a result of the influx of air traffic in the past decade, AAI have embarked upon a plan to modernise and upgrade its airports with two aims; firstly, to not only match but to keep on top of the increase of air traffic, and secondly, to create world class…

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The future of Californian aviation

8 August 2011 | By William Shea, Former FAA Associate Administrator

If it were a separate nation, California would be one of the largest economies in the world. Currently the population of the Golden State stands at 36 million with an expected increase to 60 million by 2040. Air travel demand will increase dramatically and because of the enormous size of…

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Keeping India flying

8 August 2011 | By Sanjay Varkey, Chief Executive Officer of Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA)

As the Indian aviation market continues its growth, the involvement of Shell Aviation Fuels has had much influence. International Airport Review spoke to CEO Sanjay Varkey to find out why the Indian market will continue to flourish. IAR: Shell Aviation first began its operations in India back in 2008 at…

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Patrolling the borders

8 August 2011 | By Brodie Clark, Head of the UK Border Force at the UK Border Agency

More than 100 million passengers and billions of pounds worth of freight enter the UK through airports each year. Airports are the largest entry point for traffic into the UK and the UK Border Agency is the first point of contact through the border force. Formed in 2008, the UK…

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Handling the heat

8 August 2011 | By Kim T. Olsen, Assistant Fire Chief at Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport was opened on 20 April 1925 as one of the world’s first airports exclusively for civil traffic. Today the airport is one of the most modern in the world and has been awarded numerous awards for efficiency and customer satisfaction. Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest airport and is also…

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North Germany’s gateway

8 August 2011 | By Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Flughafen Hamburg GmbH

A hundred years ago, on the site that is today home to one of Europe’s most modern airports, there stood a single, two-door airship hangar. By the end of the 1920s, a modern terminal building was already making its mark on the city of Hamburg. Today, Hamburg Airport greets arriving…

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The Single European Sky (SES) – the airline perspective

8 August 2011 | By Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, Secretary General of the European Association of Airlines

The Single European Sky programme, to rationalise the airspace above the Single Market, has been hailed as Europe’s single biggest environmental programme, and by EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas as the most important project in his portfolio. It promises a huge efficiency improvement over the current patchwork of national airspaces,…

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Airport security – an evolving challenge

8 August 2011 | By Ashley Smith, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Civil Aviation Section

Since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, the threat of further atrocities has been at the forefront of the national agenda. Almost 10 years on and the security landscape has changed dramatically, with these changes most apparent in the aviation sector. Moreover, the recent announcement of the death of Osama…

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Overcoming the winter challenge

8 August 2011 | By Zoltan Ormandi, Head of Airside Management at Budapest Airport

It was one particular snowy day at the airport last year when I signed off the use of a large amount of anti-skid material, perhaps more than I was used to seeing recorded in our operation logs. However, the request was essential given the winter conditions that we had to…

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Baggage at Bangalore

8 August 2011 | By Hari Marar, President of Airport Operations at Bangalore International Airport (BIAL)

Our goal is to establish Bangalore International Airport as India’s leading airport in terms of quality and efficiency as well as setting a benchmark for other airports in India. The facility has been built and is being operated to international standards and is now a pioneer in the country due…

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ISAGO – the way to safe ground operations

8 August 2011 | By Guenther Matschnigg, Senior Vice President, Safety, Operations and Infrastructure at IATA

Many interesting and exciting developments have occurred since the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) began in May 2008. Back then, it was a grand plan to get ground operations audited in order to enhance safety on the ramp while reducing industry audits. Only three years after its introduction…

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A hub in the heart of Europe

8 August 2011 | By Thomas E. Kern, CEO of Flughafen Zurich AG

Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s gateway to the world. Last year, a total of 22.9 million passengers departed from, arrived at, or transferred via Zurich Airport, thus making it not only the region’s most important transport hub, but also its most highly-frequented shopping and services centre. Approximately 270 companies operate at…

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The holistic approach to airport integration

8 August 2011 | By Uwe Karl, Head of Airport Solutions, Siemens Building Technologies Division

One of the biggest challenges faced by an airport is how to integrate the various systems that it employs to ensure that the security, the comfort and the convenience for passengers is maximised. The nature of an airport means that it typically develops organically. As the demand for air travel…

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