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Future Airport Awards: This year the awards will focus on technologies that underpin the entire airport ecosystem from an environmental efficiency, check-in, security, automation, baggage handling and ground handling perspective.
The UK’s dramatic vote to leave the European Union (EU) in July has forced airports there and across Europe to reconsider future priorities on security, expansion and the choice of routes. Greg Noone talks to Charlie Cornish, chief executive of MAG, and Charlie Leocha, president of Travelers United, about how Brexit poses both challenges and opportunities for operators throughout the UK and the EU.
This October, Future Airport will be leading the discussion on airport retail with its 'Talk Shop: The Digital Future of Airport Retail' roundtable, hosted in partnership with AOE. Topics for conversation will include using technology to open up retail opportunities beyond the ‘golden hour’; personal shopping; getting the moneyed masses out of the airport lounges; and tackling non-aeronautical revenues. Insight from industry leaders will be included in this event round-up.
Despite aircraft becoming 70% quieter in the last 30 years, the increase in the sheer number of flights, particularly at busy European hubs close to centres of population, means that effective noise abatement strategiesin line with strict EU noise regulations are paramount. In this exclusive roundtable, Future Airport talks to several leading European airports to discuss the techniques they employ and the pitfalls to avoid.
José Maria Peral Pecharroman, aviation security technical officer, ECAC: The European Civil Aviation Conference's Standard 3 threat detection test is the highest standard set by ECAC covering the detection of explosive threats in passenger hold baggage. We find out how the standard was formulated, how it differs from ECAC2 and what progress airports have made in upgrading their baggage screening capabilities.
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Fiona Hill, head of security compliance, Heathrow: With the threats to airport security evolving rapidly, it is important for security providers to take a proactive approach to mitigating potential vulnerabilities. We find out how Heathrow aims to stay one step ahead.
Ralph Riedle, PRC chairman, EUROCONTROL: With 37 ANSPs across Europe, it is EUROCONTROL's job to assess their performance and cost-effectiveness over the last decade. Have air traffic controllers improved over the last ten years and what impact did the financial crisis have on their productivity?
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Lee Seow Hiang, chief executive officer, CAG : In an effort to speed up the adoption of self-service technologies at Changi Airport, CAG has introduced the FAST@Changi initiative, which provides funding for check-in kiosks, bag drop systems and self-boarding gates. We find out who the money will benefit and which operators have so far taken up the offer.
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Future Airport looks ahead to World Routes 2017, Routes Europe 2017 and the World ATM Congress, and finds out what delegates and exhibitors can expect from each event.