Development

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol transforming Departure Lounge 2 with enhanced retail and F&B

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol transforming Departure Lounge 2 with enhanced retail and F&B

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol launched the transformation of Departure Lounge 2 in September, with the project to be completed in summer 2015. It is the latest development in the airport’s overall master plan, which is seeing a complete renovation programme to strengthen capacity and improve levels of comfort and efficiency for passengers. Otto Ambagtsheer, Managing Director Business Area Consumer Products & Services, outlined the latest phase.

Passenger

‘The future of the travel industry unquestionably is a connected one’

‘The future of the travel industry unquestionably is a connected one’

Josh Weiss, Hilton Worldwide’s VP Brand and Guest Technology, outlined the company’s smartphone strategy to Airport Business’ Ross Falconer, and how it can improve the end-to-end travel experience.

Operations

Pau – a gem in south west France

Pau-Pyrénées Airport is located at the heart of the most dynamic economic centre in the south west of France, with employment rates and GDP per capita higher than the national average. It is also a city rich in heritage sites and attractions for leisure travellers, and the airport looking on capitalise on these opportunities to secure additional direct air services.+

Security

Technology’s role in airport security’s future

Technology’s role in airport security’s future

Industry experts Cyril Dujardin, CEO, Morpho Detection, and Oren Sapir, President & CEO, ICTS Europe, share with Airport Business a professional perspective on the part that technology plays in helping airports to confront the challenges, seize the opportunities and deliver an expedited experience in security.

IT

State-of-the-art simulation enhances airport decision-making

State-of-the-art simulation enhances airport decision-making

Airport Research Center GmbH is an independent global provider of professional airport planning and decision support services, which are designed to optimise investments and reduce operational costs. Michael Laubrock, Managing Partner at Airport Research Center, outlined the myriad capabilities of its CAST 3D airport simulation software to Ross Falconer.

Commercial

A touch of the Côte d’Azur

A touch of the Côte d’Azur

At the 30th TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, Cannes, 26-31 October, in a meeting of concessionaires, brands and the press, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur unveiled the details of its eagerly awaited retail tender, part of the forthcoming largest ever commercial renovation to be completed at the airport. Chief Commercial Officer, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, Filip Soete explained just how the airport hopes to achieve its vision, to create the “most surprising commercial experience in a European airport”. Amy Hanna reports.

Environment

London Stansted reports 66% reduction in carbon footprint

London Stansted reports 66% reduction in carbon footprint

London Stansted has published its latest corporate responsibility report, highlighting several successes in the first year of Manchester Airports Group’s (MAG) ownership of the airport. These include reducing its carbon footprint by 66%, diverting 93% of waste from landfill, and trialling new technologies to improve aircraft performance on set departure routes.

EU Matters

ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition

ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition

The 7th ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition took place in Madeira from 12 to 14 May, providing an opportunity to review trading conditions and key challenges for regional airports.

ACI EUROPE Activities

Learn from the best to be the best – ACI Airport Exchange 2014

Learn from the best to be the best – ACI Airport Exchange 2014

The 9th ACI Airport Exchange, presented jointly by ACI EUROPE and ACI Asia-Pacific, took place in Paris on 3-5 November 2014, hosted by Aéroports de Paris. The theme, ‘Best in class airports: Learn from the best to be the best’, resonated throughout the six conference streams, which were complemented by a diverse exhibition and a fantastic networking social programme.