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Delay management: calculating late passengers into the system

A major source of unpredictability in air traffic management is passengers, specifically in the boarding process. Some experts estimate that 75% to 80% of delayed flights are due to passengers boarding late or not at all. The difficulty here is that those passengers are also...

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Thailand’s airports: a case study in capacity issues

Tourism has been growing exponentially in Thailand, and is only expected to continue. As a result, congested infrastructure and shortages of gates and parking have become an all too common issue for Thailand’s major airports as they hit – and even exceed – current airport...

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Australia is meeting aviation capacity demand head-on

Air traffic growth forecasts across Australia’s eastern coastal cities remain above 2% annually. Greater Sydney, with over 5 million inhabitants, is seeing strong urban growth while Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth have grown at around 25% in the past 10 years. Australia is beginning to bridge...

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How to negotiate a flexible use of military airspace

The high growth rates in passenger traffic have been a welcome development after some rather lean years. The downside, however, is hitting the capacity limits of a crowded airspace. When route structures are not large or flexible enough to cope, you need other air traffic...

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Aviation safety is not necessarily a numbers game

A Dutch newspaper recently labelled Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport the ‘record holder for dangerous incidents’ after comparing numbers of runway incursions reported at airports of similar size. This immediately prompted politicians demanding explanations. Whilst the article itself covered only runway incursions, that headline does give food...

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Scenario-planning for Switzerland’s long-term aviation strategy

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA has been tasked with defining a long-term vision for how the country’s future airspace and aviation infrastructure might be organised, managed and utilised. The Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications proposed a ‘clean-sheet’ approach: all options...

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APOC: Is virtual as good as physical?

To70 recently attended an Airport Operations Centre (APOC) workshop organized by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU). The workshop delivered interesting insights into the coordinating role of APOC and the challenges involved. The discussions also made it clear Europe’s airports...

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Brazil’s tough decision on airport concessions

Brazil sorely needs a strategy for its future airport concessions but the choice will not be easy. Although past concessions have brought visible improvements to the airports, there have also been plenty of problems. What are the lessons and how can Brazil model future airport...

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The Trouble With Extended Arrival Management: Pop-Up Flights

The current horizon of air traffic arrival management (AMAN) systems is relatively low for allowing aircraft to absorb delays in an efficient way. The extended arrival management (E-AMAN) concept aims to improve that by extending the horizon. However, this increases the number of flights that...

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Can Thailand become a global aviation OEM/MRO hub?

With the proliferation of low-cost airlines serving a burgeoning middle class, Thailand is looking to establish itself as a global aviation OEM/MRO hub in the Asia Pacific region. But the government will need a clear strategic direction if it is to transition the country into...