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SMAG – business development vital for regional airports

SMAG – business development vital for regional airports

The Small and Medium Size Airports Action Group (SMAG) was established by ACI EUROPE almost four years ago and has since developed into an organisation comprising 150 members, including six national airport associations. Ryan Ghee spoke to Olle Sundin, SMAG Chairman, managing director Regional Airports Division, LFV, and Airport Director Göteborg Landvetter Airport, about the impact of the global economic downturn and the start of the recovery for regional airports.

Europe’s airports key engines to restore economic growth

The ACI EUROPE Small and Medium Size Airports Action Group (SMAG) held a regional airports workshop on 6 October as part of the ‘OPEN DAYS: European Week of Regions and Cities’ jointly organised by the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy. The Open Days are the EU’s biggest public forum on regional and development policy. Ross Falconer reports.

EASA preparing aerodrome safety certification rules

Starting with this issue of Airport Business, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will regularly inform readers about its new responsibilities in aerodrome safety. This first issue highlights the main elements of the Agency’s approach.

ACI WORLD calls for harmonised, global approach

Airports Council International (ACI) counts around 600 members operating close to 1,700 airports worldwide and handling 96% of the world’s passenger traffic. Through the five ACI geographical regions – ACI EUROPE, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI-Latin America & Caribbean, ACI-NA (North America) – and ACI WORLD coordinating the global perspective, a strong, united voice safeguards the interests and influence of member airports. Ross Falconer spoke to Angela Gittens, Director General about ACI WORLD’s policy work with ICAO.

A new 5 year term at the European Union

Two of the primary EU institutions operate on 5 year terms which expire this year – the European Commission and the European Parliament. So how does this year’s change in Brussels affect the outlook for air transport in Europe? Robert O’Meara reports. Additional reporting by Federico Bonaudi.