ACI EUROPE Activities
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.
Over 150 delegates from European regional airports, local and national authorities, airlines and ACI EUROPE World Business Partners gathered in Naples on 14-16 May for the 11th ACI EUROPE Regional Airports Conference & Exhibition, hosted by Naples International Airport.
As is customary in the beginning of each year, ACI EUROPE holds its New Year’s Reception in the European Parliament in Brussels. This year’s event on 23 January was kindly hosted by MEPs Gabriele Preuß (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) & Wim van de Camp (Group of the European People’s Party) – both of them members of the Committee on Transport & Tourism of the European Parliament.