ACI EUROPE Activities
28th ACI EUROPE/World General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition, Brussels, 18-20 June 2018
EU funding is allowing European airports to modernise their Air Traffic Management (ATM) infrastructure, in order to deliver the Single European Sky. Large airports are not the only ones to benefit from it. Regional airports can also have access to funding to improve their performance. More funding opportunities will be available in 2019. Barbora Smolikova reports.
Encouraging new ideas and fresh thinking is critical for innovation in aviation in order to respond to the growing demand for air travel and the increasing number of air vehicles, such as drones, taking to the skies. That is why the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) supports exploratory research and has created an innovation pipeline in the research programme that transforms innovative ideas into solutions to increase the performance of air traffic management (ATM). Triona Keaveney reports.
To strengthen the cooperation and the operational link between airports and EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager, which runs the European Air Traffic Management network, ACI EUROPE has a Liaison Officer to the Network Manager. He is Eugene Leeman, who – with his extensive professional background in aviation and his private pilot’s license – can justifiably be called ‘the Flying Dutchman’. Interview by Inês Rebelo.
Against the backdrop of the past two years of airline campaigning on airport charges, traffic growth has been up, airline consolidation accelerated, and the low cost airline model continued to be the main growth driver in Europe. And yet, reading the soundbytes of airline CEOs, one thing is conspicuous by its absence: airport investment. ACI EUROPE decided a timely reminder was needed and organised its 2nd Airport Investment Symposium last month, convening airlines, airports, regulators and analysts to discuss the value of airport investment. Michael Stanton-Geddes reports.