SAB Aeroporto G Marconi di Bologna organised a workshop on 13 July – ‘Airports as engines of economic growth’ – which included previously unpublished data from Bologna. It examined the economic impact airports have on their region, with a focus on the added value they bring to communities in terms of job creation and wealth generation. Ross Falconer reports.
As world economies slowly emerge from the economic crisis, Ryan Ghee explores whether private equity companies and investors are, once again, starting to view airports as a viable long-term investment opportunity.
The one cabin bag rule being implemented in varying degrees by some low-cost carriers is causing confusion and consternation among travellers and is severely impacting airport retail revenues. Sarah Branquinho, Business Development & External Affairs Director, World Duty Free and Aldeasa, is working closely with ACI EUROPE on the issue. She spoke to Ross Falconer.
The 19th ACI EUROPE Airport Trading Conference and Exhibition was held in Malta from 26 to 28 April. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the volcanic ash crisis, the event addressed the impact of European air space being paralysed for six days, alongside industry threats such as World Health Organization (WHO) proposals to ban duty free liquor and tobacco sales, cabin bag restrictions and security issues. Ross Falconer reports.
The second annual ACI Airport Economics & Finance Conference was held in London on 23-24 February. The timely event, jointly organised by ACI EUROPE and ACI WORLD, focused on the critical factors that will shape airport investments and financial planning decisions as the industry emerges from the financial crisis. Report by Christoph Koeppchen and Ross Falconer.