Bird Raptor Internacional, SL will present its Falco Robot ‘GBRS’ (gregarious bird removal system) at the 200 ISBC Europe Congress in York (UK) as an innovative, long-term solution to the problem of birds at airfields.
Since 1962, Vestergaard Company A/S has been designing, manufacturing and marketing state-of-the-art ground service vehicles for all aircraft, from small commuter planes to the largest commercial aircraft. Today, the company focuses on de-icing and units for toilet and water servicing of aircraft. With its Elephant family of de-icers: the Beta, Beta-15, Gamma, MY and a series of small, compact de-icers and range of toilet and water service units, Vestergaard can meet the full range of any customers’ requirements.
TAV Airports Holding, which recently joined ACI EUROPE, operates three international airports in Turkey (Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes), two in the Republic of Georgia (Tbilisi and Batumi) and one in Tunisia (Monastir Habib Bourguiba). Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director General, visited TAV in January to welcome them into ACI EUROPE and to strengthen relations. He also met with Turkish authorities to discuss capacity, ATM and slots issues.
The missing bag is still a familiar scenario at airports worldwide. According to SITA’S 2008 baggage report, 42 million items of bags disappeared off the radar at airports in 2007. RFID (radio frequency identification) has not yet lived up to its expectations in delivering a pan-industry solution to lost baggage. Louise Driscoll examines RFID’s setbacks and the latest RFID initiatives designed to improve performance.
Analysis of airport traffic data from over 220 European airports in 2008 shows that total annual traffic was virtually unchanged last year. This, however, disguises the fact that most airports saw growth during the first half of the year followed by a drop in passenger numbers during the second part of the year as the economic environment across Europe deteriorated.