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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...

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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...

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Is airline investment good for airports?

Thailand’s biggest low-cost carrier, Thai AirAsia, recently offered to invest in a new terminal at low-cost carrier hub Don Mueang International Airport. With an expansion plan already in place, the airport’s operator, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT), declined the offer. But the move...

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A growing need for drone regulation

The use of unmanned aerial vehicle systems, or drones, is growing rapidly around the world. Busy skies and big cities inevitably create congestion, and more drones only exacerbate the issue. Without sufficient regulations from national CAAs, it could be an accident waiting to happen. The soaring...

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can Brazil’s airports handle an Olympic-sized surge?

The Olympics are a big event. Brazil will see a huge surge with millions of travellers when the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games hit Rio this August-September. Then there are the aviation security measures necessitated by this high-profile event. How will Brazil’s airports address demand...