UK Government’s new aviation strategy focusing on developing safe, secure and sustainable aviation sector
The draft strategy, which will be open for public consultation for 16 weeks, proposes new measures to ensure the UK’s aviation sector continues to bring significant benefits to the UK economy and citizens up to 2050 and beyond, including a new passenger charter, practical requirements to reduce emission and noise levels and more use of innovative technology.
Through the SESAR Related Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG)’s support, Fraport Slovenija and Groupe ADP have been awarded Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding to contribute to the upgrade of Europe’s air traffic management system. Barbora Smolikova reports on the benefits of this funding for the enhancement of airport operations.
In October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region, a document providing recommendations to policy-makers on how to reduce health risks related to noise exposure from various sources. For the first time, the WHO established source-specific guidelines, including the suggested limitation of average noise exposure from aircraft to Lden 45dB and night exposure to Lnight 40dB. It also recommends changes to infrastructure, including opening and/or closure of runways and flight path rearrangements, to reach these values. The three recommendations are defined as “strong”, which means that they are considered applicable as policy in most situations. Report by ACI EUROPE’s Head of Environmental Strategy & Intermodality, Marina Bylinsky.
Airbus is bringing a brand-new conference – New possibilities for airports by Airbus – devoted to how it is helping airports prepare for the future, to ACI Airport Exchange 2018. The conference will take place on 28 November and will bring together Airbus specialists alongside invited airport strategic planners. Airline keynote speakers will also be present. By Nick Preston
Delegates in the Airport Operations & Facilitation Conference at this year’s ACI Airport Exchange will hear from Stéphane Evanno, co-founder & COO, Stanley Robotics. He spoke to Ross Falconer about the operational experience of robotic valet parking at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.