As growing airport capacity weighs on the passenger experience, airports and airlines seek new options to improve the function of services and facilities. Be part of this discussion of how insiders view these challenges — and what innovative solutions can tackle them.
Big Aircraft, Big Changes: New Trends in Aircraft MRO
Throughout the history of commercial air travel, the trend has been to produce and utilize increasingly larger aircraft. This is a trend that persists today, as concepts for larger aircraft, like Boeing’s 777-9X, are announced. The philosophy here is simple: the bigger the aircraft, the more seats available. More seats per aircraft means getting more seats into corresponding gates. In airports that have limited available gate space, this translates to more revenue for airlines.
The Changing Face of Aviation: Biometrics in Airport Operations
The use of advanced technology is becoming more prevalent throughout airports, from ticketing to security checkpoints. Security continues to be a priority for airports, but in the face of rising capacities, innovators are developing more ways to identify passengers and simplify their movement through the airport. In the last five years, the push to modernize airport operations has included the use of biometric technologies throughout the airport community, domestically and internationally.
Combined Flight Plan: Partnering to Solve New Demands
After decades of insufficient spending on infrastructure and technology, many of America’s airports require renovation, expansion or full replacement. As the aviation industry continues to age, airlines and airports will need to work together to cost-effectively provide better and more efficient services to growing passenger numbers.
The Decibel Dilemma: Capacity and Airport Noise
Like automobiles moving along a highway, aircraft crisscross the sky, connecting airports in an elaborate, well-timed dance. But all that traffic in the sky is reflective of traffic on the ground, and as capacities at airports grow and skyways become more crowded, the environmental concerns associated with airport noise continue to increase.
Designed for Flexibility: Airport Convenience Challenges
We live in a world of abundant conveniences. As time goes on, technological advancements will continue to provide us with more simplicity and luxury. For airports, this means keeping up with the changes and attempting to provide the public with the experiences they have come to expect.
Employee Spotlight: Brenda Enos
Brenda Enos’ career in the aviation industry has been focused on the environmental impacts of airports. From long-term air monitoring programs to obstruction studies, her more than 14 years of experience has taken her across the country to help clients with environmental management and sustainability.
Employee Spotlight: Jill Geboy
With just six years of experience under her belt, Jill's career is already taking off. After earning her Bachelor of Science in business administration and aviation management from Ohio State University and completing an internship in facility management at San Diego International Airport, she entered the workforce as project manager.
Following the Trend: Social Media and Airport Marketing
Social media offers a unique means of communication. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter give individuals and businesses a dynamic way to instantly present and consume information. As technology continues to permeate our lives, the ability to reach a wide audience through these channels becomes more apparent as a means of providing better services.
Hangars and Design-Build Delivery
The continued evolution of hangar design will make flexibility more important as new aircraft arrive. More complex maintenance checks and procedures affect designs, from component shops and equipment to the implementation of new technology.
The New Race for Space: Finding Efficiencies in Airport Spaces
The evolving world of air travel is creating a new influx of travelers in an already tight airport environment. Higher capacities mean more congestion, which negatively affects both the customer experience and the ability of employees to effectively perform their jobs. Space planning studies offer a solution to this increasingly apparent issue by examining the state of the front-of-house and back-of-house spaces.
Ramp It Up: Advanced Services for Increased Capacity
Many metropolitan airports are facing the challenges of increased air traffic, diverse aircraft fleets and real estate constraints, making expansion difficult or impossible. With the approximate $25 million to $40 million-per-gate expansion price tag, airports are looking for new ways to provide improved passenger experiences, safer work environments and more sustainable operations to meet these growing demands.
Recreating the Passenger Experience
As airports get busier, expansions in capacity can have an adverse effect on passenger experience. Airports and airlines are looking for new ways to make their facilities and services more functional.