The third annual ACI Airport Economics & Finance Conference was held in London on 1-2 March. The event, jointly organised by ACI EUROPE and ACI WORLD, was particularly timely as indicators point to a healthier global economic environment and a return to air traffic growth, while significant challenges remain. Ross Falconer reports.
While a steady increase in passenger numbers and the impending first stage lifting of the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) may indicate a positive outlook for travel retail, the industry is still facing a number of significant challenges. Ryan Ghee spoke to Frank O’Connell, president of the European Travel Retail Council (ETRC).
Rick Stavast of SSP explains how new technologies are being used to transform the airport passenger experience.
The innovative retail and food & beverage (F&B) offering that is available in Dublin Airport’s new Terminal 2 serves to highlight the Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) dedication to commercial growth. Ryan Ghee spoke to Paul Neeson, director retail, DAA.
Following on the success of last year’s ACI EUROPE Airport Economics Workshop, a second Special Workshop on Economic Regulation & the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) project was organised by ACI EUROPE in September 2010. The workshop took place over a day and half at the ACI EUROPE offices in Brussels on 20 and 21 September. Registration was limited to members of ACI EUROPE, but the workshop was completely free. Some 40 participants from over 30 airports attended the workshop.