Substitution Opportunities of High Speed Train for Air Transport

By: Peter Jorritsma

air-rail-substitutionThis paper describes the opportunities for substitution between air travel from Amsterdam Airport and the high-speed train to main destinations in Europe. First, the relevant factors influencing the substitution from airplane to high-speed train are discussed. Second, the present situation and future trends in supply and demand in the railway and air markets are described. Finally, an estimate of the potential substitution in 2020, based on available sources, is presented on the routes Amsterdam-Brussels, Amsterdam-Paris and Amsterdam-London.

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European Air Traffic Management: Principles, Practice and Research

Book Review by Rodney Fewings


The book is designed to offer the reader a single source of reference on the key subject areas of air traffic management (ATM) in Europe. The book brings together material from a number of contributors representing both industry and academia, and examines the key issues in current and future European Air Traffic Management.

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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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