Bottlenecks at the Departure Concourse of Airports for the 2014 World Cup

worldcup_brazil-213x300By Giovanna Miceli Ronzani and Anderson Ribeiro Correia

Brazil will be hosting two important international events: FIFA soccer world cup – 2014 and the Summer Olympic games in 2016. Since several international tourists will be traveling to and within Brazil, the airports must be prepared for these additional passengers. One of the main bottlenecks of Brazilian airports is the emplaning hall, as will be presented in this article.
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Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next by John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay

John Kasarda’s work on airports and the aerotropolis is certainly not new. For over a decade, he (re-)publishes books and articles: mostly case studies based on his airport consultation work. His new book is written by journalist Greg Lindsay who followed the aerotropolis guru on its way to consulting jobs. Lindsay took the time to write down in a smooth way what is in Kasarda’s mind – and probably wherefore he couldn’t find time. Joint by the praising reviews in The Wall Street Journal and other journals and magazines, it paves the way to a wider audience than the insiders of airport area development.

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An Empirical Study of Catering Costs in an Emerging Airline Market

inflight-300x213By João Luiz de Castro Fortes and Alessandro V. M. Oliveira

This study investigates how Brazilian airlines’ quality of catering has changed across a ten-year period through an analysis of catering costs. This article shows a strong tendency of cost decreasing along with cost convergence of the values spent by airlines, especially the ones which were known by their differentiated in-flight service.

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Public Participatory GIS in urban planning around a Major Gateway of Latin America

participation-300x224By Gustavo Sobreiro Santos, Rogéria de Arantes Gomes Eller, Emmanuel Antonio dos Santos

In Brazil, there is a lack in urban planning on aircraft noise impacted areas. People living around airports are often not aware of land use restrictions that are determined by different levels of government. This study aims to develop a Web-Based Public Participatory GIS. This model can aid both people and authorities to minimize conflicts between airport and population by providing more confident information in real time. Keywords: Aircraft noise, GIS, Urban planning, Public Participation.

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Stormy Skies – Airlines in Crises by Paul Clark

Without any doubt we can state that the latest financial crises has had a tremendous impact on the aviation industry, and certainly not in a good way. The main question is what airlines have learned from this and previous set-backs, and how they use this information to make their businesses more sustainable in times of economic meltdown.

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Evaluation of a PRM/SOIA Approach Procedure at São Paulo International Airport

By Carlos Müller, Rafael Fraga and Cláudio Jorge Pinto Alves

PRM/SOIA (Precision Runway Monitor/Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach), first implemented at San Francisco International Airport in 2004, is an approach  procedure that can be specifically designed to allow simultaneous approaches at runway systems spaced as close as 750 feet. Once implemented it is expected to increase airport runway capacity and hence contribute to the mitigation of congestions that arise with air traffic growth. Sao Paulo International Airport runway system is composed of two parallel runways about 1,230 feet apart, and so is unable to handle simultaneous approaches with the current traditional approach procedures. This paper using computer simulation (RAMS Plus#) addresses the potential impact of the use of a PRM/SOIA approach procedure at São Paulo International Airport (GRU). The results obtained so far indicate potential reductions of 51% in total airborne flight delays with about 18% increase in arrivals capacity at the airport.

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