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Issue 6 2012



Britain’s long-term aviation plan

7 December 2012 | By Simon Burns, Minister of State at the UK Department for Transport

For centuries, Britain has owed its prosperity to the transport and trade routes linking it with the rest of the world. Today is no different. We need efficient and resilient air connections to remain competitive in a rapidly changing global economy. The importance of air travel in this country has…


Carving a niche in the Levant

7 December 2012 | By Kjeld Binger, Chief Executive Officer, Airport International Group, Queen Alia International Airport

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is preparing to launch its landmark new terminal in early 2013, with hopes that this contemporary re-imagining of the country’s primary portal will bring new prosperity, transforming the airport into a regional niche hub. With its strategic geographical location, Jordan’s QAIA is well positioned…


747-8 and the airport

7 December 2012 | By Karen Dix-Colony, Lead Engineer, Product Department, Boeing Airport Technology

Airport Council International’s (ACI) recent announcement that year-onyear passenger traffic has grown by five per cent has, for now, caused some optimism within the industry. Unfortunately, such news is rare as the ongoing economic uncertainties continue to plague passenger numbers in Europe and North America. However, one of the aviation…


Hong Kong: A land of air cargo opportunity

7 December 2012 | By Lilian Chan, Executive Director, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd.

The role of Hong Kong as a country is multi-faceted; it is simultaneously a market and manufacturing base in its own right, a gateway to the world for Southern China’s top industrial region, and a cargo hub for the entire Asia region. Little wonder that it is now the world’s…


LED lighting at Glasgow and Gatwick

7 December 2012 | By Peter Chalmers, Lead Engineer at Glasgow Airport and Ian Stuart, Lead Engineer at Gatwick Airport

Writing for this magazine (‘Light-Emitting Diode airfield lighting systems’, International Airport Review, Issue 5, 2012), John D. Bullough, Senior Scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute commented that Light Emitting Diode (LED) airfield lighting was increasingly being used due to the “potential for this technology to produce…


More than just Scotch mist

7 December 2012 | By Mark Stuart, Director of Operations at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd

In the last few years the UK has experienced winter weather conditions more akin to the Arctic, with sub-zero temperatures and extremes of weather that have tested the transport system to its limits. With Scotland often bearing the brunt, regional airport operator HIAL has developed innovative ways to keep passengers…


Certifying French runway surfaces

6 December 2012 | By Jonathan Gerthoffert, Programme Officer, Civil Aviation Technical Centre (France)

Certification of runway friction measuring devices is a strong commitment of the French State for the safety of aircraft operations. It ensures airport operators that devices meet the requirements in their ability to discriminate surfaces with different friction levels and their performances, and are consistent in terms of repeatability and…


The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service

5 December 2012 | By Antonio Tajani, Vice-President, Commissioner of Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

The European Geostationary Navi - gation Overlay Service (EGNOS) signals and services are now permanently available for free for all European citizens and industries. After more than 10 years of development, its three services; Open Service, Safety of Life and Data Access Service, were respectively declared operational in 2009, 2011…


Final Call: Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec

5 December 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

In the second of a new series that profiles key individuals from the airport world, Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to the CEO of Cavotec, Ottonel Popesco about the ground handling sector and the key developments that are currently taking place in the industry... Mark Glover: How important…