Environment

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Gate Capacity: Knowing When To Build

A common problem with growing demand at airports is gate shortage. The apparent solution is building more gates, which is neither easy nor fast. An easier option is more efficient gate allocations and ‘steering’ traffic to smooth capacity issues. The conundrum is that this gets...

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Navigating the politics of airport growth

Airport growth is increasingly limited by environmental restrictions. With the worldwide air traffic demand increasing, many of the world’s airports are reaching the limits of their environmental capacity. However, further development is often a political minefield. We think smart management of community relations can help. Pushing...

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Changing the environmental impact of aviation: evolution over revolution

Earlier this month, the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) member states ratified the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This scheme takes effect in 2021, and even then, it is voluntary until 2027. Not exactly a swift ‘green’ revolution. Why so...

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Why ambient noise should be considered when assessing noise impact

Currently there’s an on-going debate about the expansion of airport capacity of London, and whether Gatwick or Heathrow should be expanded with an additional runway. Both options are controversial, as many people are likely to be affected by an increase of noise, traffic and pollution. It...

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Aviation and Climate Change; Impact and Initiatives

This week the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) is taking place in Paris. The international aviation and shipping emissions are not included in the carbon reduction goals of signatories to the Kyoto agreement, but this does not mean the aviation and shipping are...

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OLET: A new tool to analyse obstacle limitation surfaces

Airports play an important role in the stimulation of economic growth of the cities in their catchment area. The other way around is equally true: economic growth will stimulate the demand for bigger airports. While the city grows, new high-rise developments can hinder the airport’s...