Interviews

Airports essential to economic recovery and social cohesion

Airports essential to economic recovery and social cohesion

Brian Simpson MEP is a long-standing member of the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and has been its Chair since 2009. In a very timely interview, he spoke to Airport Business shortly after the Committee had voted on the ‘Airport Package’ – a process which, significantly, saw it reject the proposed new rules on ground handling. Ross Falconer reports.

Budapest Airport: whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Hungary’s largest international airport has become accustomed to the limelight over the past 7 years, since it was originally privatised. It has become a by-word in the airport business for fresh thinking and innovation, not least due to its award winning strategy for attracting airlines. 2012 got off to a very difficult start, with the loss of its home carrier, but Budapest Airport is fighting fit. Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, outlined his strategy to Ross Falconer.

Aena Aeropuertos’ bullish focus on efficiency

Aena Aeropuertos is the world’s largest airport operator, managing 47 airports and two heliports in Spain. It also has interests in 26 airports internationally. The portfolio of 47 Spanish airports handled more than 200 million passengers in 2011, registering overall growth of +6% – a notable achievement against the current economic backdrop. José Manuel Vargas Gómez was appointed President & CEO of Aena in January 2012. He outlined his strategy to Ross Falconer.

Power to the regions!

ACI EUROPE’s Regional Airports’ Forum currently represents more than 350 airport members and it is entirely focused on the key issues for regional airports. Ross Falconer sat down with Thomas Langeland, Airport Director, Kristiansand Airport and Vice-Chair of the Regional Airports’ Forum; Armando Brunini, Managing Director, Bologna Airport; Robert Sinclair, CEO, Bristol Airport; and Jean-Michel Vernhes, Chairman of the Executive Board, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, to talk through some of these issues ahead of the 5th ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition in Ljubljana.

Kallas focused on Single European Sky and airport capacity challenge

Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President Responsible for Transport, assumed his current portfolio in February 2010, succeeding Antonio Tajani. He spoke to Airport Business about a range of issues, including the forthcoming Airport Package, capacity in the air and on the ground, the Single European Sky and aviation liberalisation. Ross Falconer reports.