An interview with Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer, Hamad International Airport. By Ross Falconer
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen: COVID-19 “will dictate the practice of social distancing, better hygiene at airports, and technology-driven passenger processing”
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport grew strongly between 2010 and 2019, recording a CAGR of 13.5%. Across Europe and the Middle East, it was the 16th largest airport by seats last year. Gerald Ong, Director, Aviation Marketing, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, discusses the impact of COVID-19 and the airport’s crisis management strategy.
Düsseldorf Airport on COVID-19 crisis management: “With an eye on strategies and experiences, we are coordinating closely with the industry”
Düsseldorf Airport’s current traffic is less than 5% of what is typical for the season. It is implementing comprehensive measures to protect travellers and staff amid COVID-19. It is also in a close information exchange with associations, airlines, and other airports to spot developments early on, as Thomas Schnalke, CEO Düsseldorf Airport, explains.
Lithuanian Airports on COVID-19 crisis management: “Only by working together can we bring aircraft back into the skies”
Lithuanian Airports experienced a 56% traffic reduction in March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marius Gelzinis, CEO Lithuanian Airports, explains the proactive crisis management measures being taken to retain jobs, support all business partners, and help reinstate strategically-important routes.
Incheon International Airport has implemented a ‘COVID-19 Free Airport’ strategy, focused on thorough three-step quarantine, providing robust disinfection, sterilisation, and sanitisation. Meanwhile, its Smart Airport Team is utilising technologies including AI, robotics, big data and biometrics to enhance the passenger experience, as Jungy Han, Manager, Smart Airport Group, Incheon International Airport Corporation, explains.