First of all we want to take a moment to address our clients and relations: Thank you for the trust over the last year, may the New Year bring us more wonderful opportunities to work together. Happy New Year, for you and your loved ones!
Last year we started our blog and we will continue to do so in 2016. There is a lot more we wish to share with our growing number of followers about the current developments in aviation. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we’ve enjoyed writing and publishing them. We are very interested in your opinion on the topics, so do not hesitate to leave your comments. This blog gives a retrospective look at last year as well as providing a brief look to the future, all regarding our four blog topics: Growth, Capacity, Safety & Environment.
Growth and Capacity
The past year was an important one for the aviation industry. As the world recovered from the global financial crisis, so did aviation. Not yet to the same level as before 2009, this is expected for the current year. Regional differences in growth are remarkable, some airports (such as Istanbul) grow faster than long established hubs. At the same time kick we see that Dutch airports have never carried as many passengers as in 2015. Further capacity increases can be achieved through operational optimization .
We will continue to expand services within Europe to achieve capacity optimization. To70 as an intermediary between airport and ANSP, exporting knowledge from Schiphol to other airports where capacity and/or environment is restrictive. While optimization remains the quickest possible solution in most cases, new tarmac will also be required. In 2016 the decision will be made on a new runway for South East England; will it be Heathrow or Gatwick?
The real significant growth will continue to come from the Eacst, the Far East in particular (China). A number new airports are being built with (or expanded to) a capacity of more than 100M passengers (Dubai World, Istanbul Grand Airport, Beijing Daxing Airport) to accommodate the additional flights to, from and within Asia. We are proud to announce we will open an office in India in the near future to support our Asian business, our fourth in the region.
As far as safety is concerned, 2015 has seen the lowest rate of aircraft accidents since 1946, despite some high profile cases. An impressive achievement as air traffic has tripled since 1970. Unlawful interference, like the tragedies with the Germanwings in the French Alps and the Metrojet aircraft above the Sinai has been for the second consecutive year a large crash category.
To70 will continue to expand our efforts to achieve an acceptable level of safety. To70 as your partner in safety, assisting as an independent body to review, optimize and improve your procedures or legislation. Developments in the area of safety management like ‘just culture’ will take form this year.
The rising terrorist threat will prompt for new enhanced procedures in passenger and luggage checks, increasing the need for optimized passenger handling to avoid delays.
And on a lighter note; for anyone who has received a drone for Christmas. There still are many unclear safety regulations, among other things drones still lack registration requirements. It will be interesting to observe how the policy makers will adapt to the fast growing number of amateur pilots.
At the end of the year the world rejoiced in the Paris agreement on climate change. In spite of the fact that Air Travel is not part of the Paris deal the aviation industries’ focus remains on carbon emissions; including a commitment that 50 European airports will become carbon neutral in 2030.
The main environmental concern surrounding airports continued to be aircraft noise. Again we see optimization taking place; quieter procedures and better mutual understanding through community engagement. Quieter aircraft may well compensate for the expected growth, something we already see at major airports such as Heathrow, Schiphol and Sydney.
With our experience in this area it is not surprising we foresee new projects in the near future as well as in other environmental areas. The year 2030 seems a long way off, but carbon neutral airports is a tall order. We are looking forward to increase our efforts to help achieve this goal.
About To70. To70 is one of the world’s leading aviation consultancies, founded in the Netherlands with offices in Europe, Australia, Asia, and Latin America. To70 believes that society’s growing demand for transport and mobility can be met in a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable manner. For more information please refer to www.to70.com