Capacity

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...