Development

€1.7bn expansion at Oslo Airport will boost capacity and future-proof growth

€1.7bn expansion at Oslo Airport will boost capacity and future-proof growth

Oslo Airport is now just over halfway through the €1.7 billion airport expansion that will transform facilities for its rapidly growing number of passengers. The Terminal 2 development will increase the airport by 117,000sqm, and once completed in 2017, the “new Oslo Airport” will have the capacity to handle 28 million passengers, new departures and arrivals areas, a state-of-the-art baggage facility, and 11 more aircraft gates. Avinor’s CEO Dag Falk-Petersen explained to Amy Hanna the wealth of opportunities that the ongoing developments will provide for airport and passenger.

Interviews

“In all circumstances, we’re only going to grow when it’s profitable”

“In all circumstances, we’re only going to grow when it’s profitable”

The former Director UK Market at easyJet joined Flybe’s new management team exactly a year ago. In that time Flybe has made some dramatic changes, most notably the decision to exit London Gatwick, sell all its slots there to easyJet, and refocus its key London operations on London City Airport (LCY) where, of course, its Q400 aircraft types are absolutely ideal.

Passenger

An unwelcome passenger:  Air travel and outbreaks

An unwelcome passenger: Air travel and outbreaks

The Ebola epidemic tearing savagely through parts of West Africa is the most severe public health emergency seen in modern times. As of the end of September, the number of recorded people infected by the virus has surpassed 6,500 with more than 3,000 deaths, in figures that are expected to vastly underestimate the true impact of the disease. With the World Health Organization warning that the spread of the virus shows no sign of relenting, we look at the role of the air transport system. 

Operations

Groundbreaking new analysis on air connectivity reveals EU falling behind

Groundbreaking new analysis on air connectivity reveals EU falling behind

Over the past two decades, connectivity has become the word most synonymous with economic growth. Alongside the virtual connectivity afforded by the internet and the digital revolution, aviation is the unsurpassed enabler that connects people, places and products in the real world. All of which means that trade, tourism, foreign investment and increased connectivity are all closely related to the level of air connectivity. Elliott Bailey reports.

Security

Setting the agenda for airport security in 2015: Shared goals need shared solutions

Setting the agenda for airport security in 2015: Shared goals need shared solutions

As Europe’s aviation security leaders meet at the Security and Border Control Summit in Paris this November, the complex technological, regulatory and competitive challenges facing the industry need open and honest dialogue if passenger experience is to remain intact.

IT

Edinburgh Airport first in Scotland to use Google Glass to enhance its passenger experience

Edinburgh Airport first in Scotland to use Google Glass to enhance its passenger experience

Edinburgh Airport’s welcome team is currently trialling the pioneering Google Glass system in its check-in hall to establish the best way to assist passengers. From answering general questions about airport facilities to translating passenger documentation into English and providing real-time flight information, the opportunities provided by the technology are vast.

Commercial

Budapest Airport shortlisted for two leading travel retail awards

Budapest Airport shortlisted for two leading travel retail awards

Budapest Airport has been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s Frontier Awards, which are presented on 29 October during TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes. Its nominations for Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Retailer/Airport, and Partnership Initiative of the Year, highlight Budapest Airport’s progressive and proactive retail approach, which has seen impressive sales increases through its Trinity promotions and a focus on Hungarian produce. Zoltan Keresztessy, Commercial Marketing Manager, Budapest Airport, gave Airport Business an exclusive insight into the airport’s retail strategy.

Environment

The return of Climate Change

The return of Climate Change

With the COP20 conference soon to take place in Lima, political focus is returning to the issue of Climate Change. The economic and financial crisis, the Occupy movement that followed, and other issues, had taken the light away from the issue over the past five years, but it’s firmly centre stage again. Report by Inês Rebelo. Additional reporting by Elliott Bailey.

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

Will the new European Commission connect the dots?

Will the new European Commission connect the dots?

For many airports across Europe, the summer has been pretty good – with demand for air transport significantly outperforming wider economic conditions and airlines (cautiously) adding more capacity. The peak 61 days of July and August saw passenger traffic grow by 5.6%, while freight increased by 3.1%.