The Winds of Change are in the Air

By Matthijs Lamberts


The combination of the current credit crisis with ever-increasing fuel prices makes that airlines are forced another time to decrease their operational costs. One way to accomplish this is by outsourcing business processes that are not part of the core business activity to dedicated third-party companies. It is expected that these developments will alter the strategic development of the ground handling sector in relation to the airport and airline sectors. In this article, the trends are discussed that will drive the strategic and operational development of the aviation industry in the oncoming 10-15 years. Based on this, a prediction is made on the strategic outlook of the global ground handling industry.

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Business Process Redesign at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

pax_processDespite the current economic downturn, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol expects that between 2020 and 2025 approximately 70 million people per year will use the Dutch airport. While the terminal complex has expanded tremendously over the past forty years, further options for expansion in the current geographical context are limited. Any solution must therefore fit within the contours of the existing terminal complex. The authors of this paper discuss the redesign program of the passenger process by answering their research question: to what extent does the program increase the efficiency of passenger service processes and the level of perceived service quality?

Co-written with Betty Samola

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Aviation policy options for not exceeding the EU +2 ◦C threshold

By Dr. Paul Upham, Dr. Alice Bows, Dr. Kevin Anderson and Mr. John Broderick

thermometerThis essay discusses the disjuncture between EU aviation emissions growth and the EU climate change commitment to not exceeding a 2 ◦C rise in global mean surface temperature above the pre-industrial level (EC, 2007a), particularly the roles of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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Book Feature: Aviation Project Management

By Triant Flouris

aviation_project_managementAviation project management is a branch of project management that uses all the core project management techniques, but where the manager needs to understand the special nature of aviation and its projects. This book’s discourse therefore rests on a well-established theoretical base to explain the traditional project-management methodology, and then to adapt and expand that in order for it to address the aviation industry more specifically.

Airline Finance By Peter S. Morrell

Airline_Finance_Third_EditionThe purpose of this book is to provide “a broad understanding of all areas of airline finance” and in that regard, the book succeeds in its goal. As such, it appeals to both the financial executive wishing to learn something about the airline industry, as well as to the aviation expert wanting to know more about finance.

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Landing an Airport? Airport Development and Strategic Land Use Planning in the EU

By Mariëlle Prins

airport-cityThis paper outlines the increased tension between traditional airport planning methods and economic reality in the airport area. Airport planning and increased (international) regulation have considerable effects on the surrounding areas. The quality of spatial policy and planning sub-optimal because it lacks to set the agenda, is not forward and outward focused and often fails to take into account the dynamics at and around the site.

vrom_logoThis article is part of the collaboration between Aerlines Magazine and the Dutch Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM).Download PDF

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