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Ground handling needs more safety

Airplane damage caused during ground handling is estimated by IATA to cost airlines nearly $4 billion annually. Total cost to the global aviation industry is thought to be more than double that. Although the exact cost of this relatively hidden problem is unknown, it’s clear...

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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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TO70’S Civil Aviation Safety Review 2016

It was another good year for civil aviation safety, despite several recent front-page air crashes. Accident rates are again lower than previous years, with fatal accidents to commercial passenger airliners at 0.18 per million flights. That is equal to about one in every five million...

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Lamia crash: a reminder on everyone’s role in flight safety

Bolivian charter flight LaMia 2399 crashed short of the runway in Colombia on 28 November, turning a Brazilian underdog dream of a football championship into tragedy as 71 players, journalists and crew died. For the aviation industry, the crash has prompted discussion about flight safety...

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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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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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Gateway to China: old rules don’t apply

The market in China for advanced aviation technologies from Europe is booming. But don’t think you can just send over a company sales rep. In China these days, it’s all about joint ventures and minority shareholders. So what are the new rules? China's aviation boom In China’s...

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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...