December 2011 Articles

  • Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 7 November 2011

    The Europe-Asia market

    Europe’s global legacy carriers struggling to keep up with MEB3?

  • Heimberg: “Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be approximately 27% more efficient than required by law in 2007, when planning started.” (Photo: Günter Wicker)

    Efficiency at the heart of European airport development

    As a key requirement of any airport development project, environmental efficiency is placed towards the very top of the agenda from the initial planning stages through to the day-to-day operation of the facilities. Ryan Ghee explores how the environmental considerations have been managed across three of Europe’s largest ongoing airport development projects.

  • Al Rumaihi: “We must ensure that BIA fulfils the potential and mandate set by Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, connecting our nation to the world and contributing to its socio-economic progress.”

    Bahrain plans major capacity expansion

    A significant expansion project at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) will see its capacity increased by 50% to 13.5 million annual passengers. The project, which is currently at the design phase, is expected to be complete by 2015.

  • ADAC is currently considering bids from six consortia for the construction of the new Midfield Terminal Complex, which is due to go live in 2017.

    T1 refurbishment the latest stage of ADAC’s long-term vision

    The latest investment in Abu Dhabi International Airport has seen the complete refurbishment of Terminal 1, extending capacity by 20% and significantly enhancing the passenger facilities. Ryan Ghee reports.

  • The findings of SITA’s 8th Annual Airport IT Trends Survey state that 53% of airports are planning to increase the number of check-in kiosks available to passengers, while 25% plan to introduce kiosks for new services such as bag tag printing and self-scanning of documents.

    Embracing automation to enhance customer service

    With the adoption of self-service technologies in the airport environment consistently increasing, automation is fast becoming a vital part of the overall air travel process. Ryan Ghee discussed how automation is impacting on airport customer service levels with Catherine Mayer, vice president, SITA.

  • ProVision ATD does not use ionising radiation, such as X-rays, and is tens of thousands of times less powerful than other commercial radio frequency devices.

    London Gatwick’s futuristic security product

    Making use of the latest in biometric technology and self-service, the new South Terminal Security product at London Gatwick Airport provides an insight into next generation airport security. Ryan Ghee reports.

  • ACI EUROPE’s experienced and knowledgeable personnel keep the channels of communication open, acting as effective industry contact and reference points for all WBPs.

    World Business Partners & Airports: Engaging for Mutual Benefit

    The ACI World Business Partner (WBP) programme was rebooted at the beginning of 2010, with coordination moving from ACI WORLD to each of the ACI regions. ACI EUROPE has made gains in reconnecting with former WBPs and broadening the membership of the programme, all the while seeking to improve the value it offers members. Donagh Cagney & Ross Falconer report.

  • A unified transport network: European Commission  proposes revision of TEN-T guidelines

    A unified transport network: European Commission proposes revision of TEN-T guidelines

    On 19 October, the European Commission adopted a proposal to transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a new Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The new policy follows a major two-year consultation involving Member States, regions and stakeholders, and establishes a Core Transport Network to be established by 2030. Ross Falconer reports.

  • ACI EUROPE Director General Olivier Jankovec addressed the High Level Conference on aviation security – ‘Protecting Civil Aviation Against Terrorism’, hosted by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the EU.

    Aviation security

    Aviation security policy, in particular airport security continues to be THE subject that has changed passenger perception of air travel. 2011 has been a banner year with legislation recently adopted for the inclusion of Security Scanners as an alternative means of screening; studies on the implications of full removal of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions in 2013 and a High Level Conference on ‘Protecting Civil Aviation Against Terrorism’ which took place in Brussels on 27 September. Ross Falconer & Robert O’Meara report.

  • The EU-Russia Aviation Summit was jointly organised by the European Commission and the Russian Ministry of Transport and took place in St Petersburg on 12 and 13 October. Naturally, the aim was to enhance political, technical and industrial cooperation in the aviation industry and review the possibilities for aviation liberalisation between Russia and the EU.

    EU and Russia – is liberalisation finally within reach?

    An EU-Russia Action Plan proposed in 2006 promised cooperation on safety, security and training, a generic commitment to liberalisation of market access as well as access for Russian aviation to EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and EIB (European Investment Bank) financing facilities. However, some unresolved issues, including the EU designation clause and Siberian over-flight issue, have prevented its implementation.The recent EU-Russia Aviation Summit was the opportunity to renew the motivation for closer relations. Robert O’Meara & Ross Falconer report.

  • Given that the Single European Sky aims to triple airspace capacity, ACI EUROPE argues that the priority of matching airport capacity on the ground should be central to Vice-President Kallas’ vision for the Airport Package.

    Prelude to the Airport Package: What’s in the box?

    Early this year, EC Vice President in charge of Transport Siim Kallas, announced that he would release an ‘Airport Package’ of regulatory measures concerning airports in the EU. ACI EUROPE has been tracking this development with keen interest since the announcement and all is due to be revealed before the end of the year. Robert O’Meara reports.

  • Kallas is supportive of ACI EUROPE’s programme Airport Carbon Accreditation and its “crucial role in helping to move European aviation onto a more sustainable footing”. Indeed, he has participated in the certification ceremonies for Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Brussels and Budapest airports.

    Kallas focused on Single European Sky and airport capacity challenge

    Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President Responsible for Transport, assumed his current portfolio in February 2010, succeeding Antonio Tajani. He spoke to Airport Business about a range of issues, including the forthcoming Airport Package, capacity in the air and on the ground, the Single European Sky and aviation liberalisation. Ross Falconer reports.

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    Airports in the news

    A new feature of the updated Airport Business is our ‘Airports in the News’ map, which provides a snapshot of the latest news from around Europe. Ensure that ACI EUROPE is up to speed with the latest news at your airport by contacting us via or via our Twitter feed @ACI_EUROPE.

  • Double Dip, Back Down to Hard Ground

    Double Dip, Back Down to Hard Ground

    There’s an old saying that good news doesn’t sell newspapers. With the ongoing saga of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would gladly buy a newspaper pushing an overdue wave of good news. As it stands, the headlines look set to be gloomy for some time. The impact of the sovereign debt crisis on aviation is already significant. Freight traffic stopped growing before the summer and has since gone into negative figures. Weakening business confidence has led companies to stop replenishing stocks. With industrial output in Europe now at a standstill – or even decreasing, the awful truth is evident: recession is at our doorstep.

  • Metsovitis: “Good planning, using the knowledge of people that are routinely operating the airport, can lead to practical solutions that may even become part of normal operations when the project is completed.”

    Prioritising operational safety

    In spite of the precarious economic climate, airport development is still very much a common theme across the industry, and as airport authorities continue to invest in expanding and upgrading facilities, ensuring operational safety remains paramount. Ryan Ghee spoke to Jan Metsovitis, Director, Aviation Business Unit, Athens International Airport, and Chairman of the ACI EUROPE Technical and Operational Safety Committee.

  • ACI EUROPE President Declan Collier is to leave his position as CEO of Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and take up a new role as Chief Executive of London City Airport in early 2012.

    Collier to join LCY; remains ACI EUROPE President

    It has been announced that ACI EUROPE President Declan Collier is to leave his position as CEO of Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and take up a new role as Chief Executive of London City Airport in early 2012. He informed the DAA Board that he would not seek to renew his current contract, which expires in early April 2012.

  • Brussels Airport’s Christel Vandenhouten presented a case study on ‘Water efficiency’.

    Water Management Workshop

    The management and treatment of water within the environs of airports remains an important topic, and one that is of particular concern to the communities within which individual airports operate. In light of this, ACI EUROPE organised a free workshop on the subject at its Brussels headquarters on 15 September. The workshop addressed both the issue of water quality and the fact that water is a scarce resource.

  • New KAIA set for 2014 opening

    The first phase of the construction of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is scheduled for completion in 2014. Construction of the airport commenced in 2006 and once it becomes operational, it will be able to cater for 30 million annual passengers, in comparison to the 13 million capacity currently offered by the existing airport.

  • The refurbished Departure Lounge 3 was opened in September. Dutch designer Tjep designed a prominent area of the lounge. At its centre is a restaurant (Bread), cheese counter (Say Cheese) and a flower shop (House of Tulips). The flower shop became a glass canal house that elevates and descends over a small market display. When lifted up, the content of the house is spread out to form a small market.

    Schiphol focused on continued sustainable growth

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw passenger numbers increase by +3.8% to 45.3 million in 2010, and the projection for 2011 is growth to 49 million passengers. Indeed, the airport recently welcomed its one-billionth passenger. Ad Rutten, COO, Schiphol Group and Immediate Past President, ACI EUROPE, outlined developments to Ross Falconer.

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