The Schiphol story is one of success driven by innovation. The oldest airport in Europe, the fifth busiest airport in Europe and an important engine for the Dutch economy, Schiphol contributes around 1.5% of GDP. Ad Rutten, Executive Vice President & COO Schiphol Group, is in his second term as ACI EUROPE President. He spoke to Ross Falconer about the continuing evolution of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the challenges and opportunities facing Europe’s airports.
The division of the LFV Group was formalised on 1 April and has created two strong organisations with the aim of further developing the Swedish aviation sector. The newly established Swedavia manages, develops and promotes the 13 state-owned airports (three of which are in the process of being sold), while LFV is responsible for air navigation services. Torborg Chetkovich, Swedavia’s new CEO, outlined the airport operator’s vision to Ross Falconer.
The original goal of TAV Airports Holding was to operate 10 airports within 10 years, firmly establishing itself as the regional leader. Having achieved that objective, as Macedonia started operations in March 2010, its next target is to serve 100 million passengers annually by 2017. Sani Sener, President and CEO, outlined the TAV Airports strategic vision to Ross Falconer. Additional reporting by Robert O’Meara.
SEA Aeroporti di Milano and Aeroporti di Roma came together in October 2009, with the key objective to boost Italy’s economic growth. This goal will be driven by a period of collaboration that will provide significant new infrastructure. Ross Falconer spoke with Fabrizio Palenzona, chairman of assaeroporti, the Italian airport association and Chairman, Aeroporti di Roma and Giuseppe Bonomi, President and CEO, SEA Aeroporti di Milano.
Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) formally completed the £1.5 billion (€1.65bn) acquisition of London-Gatwick Airport in December 2009, with the promise of a new era of competition between London’s airports, more efficient operations and a better passenger experience. Stewart Wingate, the newly-appointed CEO, outlined the airport’s strategy to Ross Falconer.