Capacity

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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...

Sydney Australia - July 23 2016: Sydney Opera House and Central Business District with Qantas plane against blue sky on the background. Qantas is Australia's largest airline and the flag carrier
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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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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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...

LONDON, UK - MARCH 28, 2015: People waiting for arrivals in Heathrow airport Terminal 5
Using design cues for better passenger flow at airport terminals

The increasing number of passenger movements in global aviation continues to strain many airports’ terminal capacity for processing passenger flows efficiently. Additional self-service capabilities can help. However, unlike programmable machines, passengers are unpredictable. Self-service solutions can only work with the support of environmental cues that...

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Extended Arrival Manager: tackling cross-border issues

Important progress is being made on solving technical issues associated with the idea of extending the horizons of arrival management systems across Europe. But the ultimate success of the project depends in large part on also addressing the financial and legislative challenges of cross-border arrival...

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Enhancing ground infrastructure to handle 50,000 more flights

When a busy main-port airport in a busy city in a busy country needs to handle large medium-term growth expectations, how do you make that happen? Major airport expansion isn’t an option, obviously. But there are other ways to grow without getting bigger. Growth impact Significant growth...