ADDIS ABABA. Ethiopia not only plays a strategic role for Africa’s aviation sector, but because of its location, it serves as a cross road between Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Addis Ababa Bole Airport is important to Ethiopia’s industry sector, mainly for the export of perishable goods, for which Bole Airport has improved its cargo infrastructure, and also increasingly for tourism. Both are main pillars for the fast growing economy of Ethiopia. Ethiopia has big plans for its airports. And, it is no secret that the land-locked Ethiopia has big plans to turn itself into Africa’s chief aviation hub.
Uninformed commentators cite security as the biggest challenge for airports in coming decades. But peak industry bodies such as IATA and ACI differ. They identify dramatic increase in passenger numbers as the airport industry’s single biggest challenge. IATA has flagged passenger traffic increases of up to 100% over current levels by 2035; that could mean an extra 3.7 billion passengers who will need accommodating by airports around the world.
In years to come, more and more people will chose air travel. Air traffic expansion and capacity crunch are the biggest challenges at many airports already today and IATA expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. Do you want a quick overview of global air traffic growth? A tips is to watch IATA´s video. Continue reading
Alexander Herring, Managing Director Safegate Germany/France, recently had an audience with H.E. Minister of Transport of Cameroon, M. Edgard Alain MEBE NGO’O to discuss airport expansion plans for airports in Cameroon, Africa. The country aims to strengthen its role as transport hub for Central Africa by enhancing efficiency and safety at the country’s international airports. Continue reading
The tower is the brain of any airport. It’s at the centre of the action, with air traffic controllers keeping an eye on each and every aircraft movement across the airfield and local aerodrome. In the lead up to World ATM Congress in Madrid, the biggest exhibition in Europe for ATC, Safegate Group CEO, Per-Olof Hammarlund, describes Safegate’s long-held dream to be a part of the tower operations.
In June this year Safegate Group and Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport signed a contract to work together towards weather proofing the airport in only 12 months. The objective is being able to land aircraft in low visibility before the winter, and by May 2016 to handle 25 movements per hour. A project as complex as this can easily take 5 years to implement. To to do it in only 12 months’ time is unheard of. Until now! We spoke with Jesper Svensson, General Manager SafePerformance for Safegate Group about how this is possible.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif inspected and inaugurated the latest landing system installed on the runway that will enables flights landing at even 50 metre visibility. The first step of the airport expansion project has been completed in a record period of time and would not only ensure safe landing of planes in foggy weather and low visibility but also help save time for the airport, airlines and passengers.
Cross-silo operation, system integration and benefits from “follow the greens” were on the agenda when Safegate’s Roy Bolwede gave his presentation ”Airports and the ATM System – Where Next?” at the ATC Global Conference 2015 in Dubai. The international air traffic management community was gathered for a three-day seminar and exhibition where each continent and more than one hundred countries were represented.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND. ADB SAFEGATE recently attended ACI Europe’s Regional Airport Conference and Expo in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event was attended by over 300 representatives from regional airports and airport vendors from all over Europe. Held over two days, the conference focused on topics looking at how regional airports can compete, innovate and sustain in the current and future aviation climate.
BERLIN, GERMANY. The global airport industry is undergoing significant change. Due to a number of factors such as growing air traffic demand, regulatory changes, changing passenger expectations and cost pressure, airports are starting to adapt. Airports are changing the way they operate, make decisions and the technologies they invest in. In this interview series, Safegate Group interviews leading experts about what they see are key challenges facing the airport industry and how they plan to meet them. In the first interview of this series, Safegate’s Claudio Pellegata talks to Luz Teichler, an experienced project manager at AAC Aviation & Airport Consult GmbH based in Germany. Mr. Teichler is an expert in airside and landside planning, consultancy, inspection, supervision and related technology.