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A balanced approach to the passenger journey

Improving passenger experience is a hot topic in the aviation industry. Too often, though, it results in the optimisation of a singular efficiency aspect. That approach is simply too narrow to improve overall passenger satisfaction. A balanced approach between efficiency and experience that considers the...

Leveraging technology for aerodrome safety

To handle Singapore’s projected air traffic growth in the next decades, Singapore Changi Airport is undergoing extensive development works on runways and a new terminal. Construction work is being carried out daily near fully operational runways and taxiways. Maintaining the safety of airport operations in...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2017

The past year has been another exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety. With only three fatal accidents to passenger airliners, all involving small turbo-prop planes, 2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year’s remarkable...

The challenge of preventing aviation security threats efficiently

As those looking to cause harm are getting more creative, and the aviation security regulations to stop them more numerous, the complexity and cost of threat prevention for airport operators expands exponentially. Better technology can help improve security, but it can also have disadvantages. The...

Global aviation growth calls for a more collaborative culture

As countries and economies continue to develop, demand for air travel shows no signs of stopping. The relentless demand and the strain it puts on airport and airspace capacity is pushing the global aviation industry out of its conservative – and relatively uncollaborative –  comfort...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...