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Beirut-Rafic Hariri Airport: What You Need to Know

As the Phoenix dies and rises from its ashes, so have the beautiful and vibrant city of Beirut and its airport: Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.   Beirut, the Lebanese capital, one of the oldest cities in the world, lies on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, at the crossroad between the Occident and the Levant. Despite being destroyed and rebuilt 7 times over its lifetime of 5000 years, it remains a vibrant, multicultural, flamboyant city that has defied earthquakes, invasions and wars, and rebuilt itself again from its ashes. Called the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut became a prized tourist destination after the end of World War II. Tourists from Europe and the Middle East targeted Beirut to enjoy its nightlife, social activities, and fashion boutiques. Beirut … Continue Reading

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Season’s Greetings 2017

It's the end of 2017 so this will be the last article we publish this year. Today, we'll share with you audience stats (of loyal readers like you) and highlight the best read articles of 2017. Let's get started. Who Reads New Airport Insider? In comparison with last year, the number of managers as well as senior and junior managers have remained relatively the same while there is an increase in the number of directors (34% to 36%), a decrease in C-Suite (11% to 9%) and a doubling in the education-related readership (from 2% to 4%). See chart below. For the sector readership, we have split these differently for more detail so difficult to compare to last year. For the region, Europe has declined slightly (from 46% to 45%), while … [Read More...]

This is Why No Airport Privatization in the U.S.

I was President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) for eight years, from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2013. During those eight years, I had more conversations than I could possibly count with people who wondered why airport privatization has not taken off in the United States. Many of these conversations were with people heavily involved in running or financing privatized airports around the world. Many were held with U.S. colleagues who thought privatization would provide benefits. In the world’s largest economy, and primary bastion of capitalism, airport privatization has remained the rarest of infrastructure animals. Why? Would Have Bet My House When I took over at ACI-NA, a couple of things became … [Read More...]

Recruiting for Airport Diversity: Challenging Requirements

Editor's Note: As part of the Airport People Power series on New Airport Insider, Dan Parsons explored the benefits of discipline, development and diversity to getting the best out of people. In this article, developed in concert with Airport Talent, Dan takes a deep dive into the relationship between recruitment and diversity. No business, including airports, operates in a vacuum. The environment in which each of us works is constantly changing. Competitive tension, evolving customer requirements and the ever-present stockholder expectations of growth and increased profit. This all comes together to put pressure on airport managers to do more with their limited resources, including people. Then why would we limit ourselves to … [Read More...]

How Rainwater is Reused at San Diego Airport

Editor's Note: I am pleased to welcome San Diego International Airport with a new post on rainwater management. If you have an exciting project that you want to share with our international airport community, write a guest post. See the guidelines and contact Jinan Alrawi. Water stewardship means using less water, wasting less water and protecting water quality. At San Diego Airport (SAN), all are vitally important. The airport is uniquely situated in a borderline arid climate (up to 80% of all the County’s water is imported from points north and east) and on the edge of San Diego Bay. A new Parking Plaza slated to open in late Spring 2018 will do all three at the same time. Besides enhancing customer service and meeting growing … [Read More...]

Hiep Hiep Hoera!

It's New Airport Insider's 4th birthday and I promised not to forget our birthday this year as I had done last year and the year before that (see 2017 Resolutions, second point) It was on 4 October 2013 that we launched New Airport Insider. If you're curious, see our very first article. Since then, we've written over 60 unique articles on topics like airport wildlife risk management, A-CDM, Brexit, airport talent, people development, growth markets, public private partnerships (PPP) and much more. If you are new with us, use the Search functionality to the right or the Search by Category also to your right but a bit further down. Thank you for being part of our online community and here's to another 4 years! - … [Read More...]

This is How Migration is Reshaping Air Transport

Millions of people are fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as persecution in areas of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Why are people fleeing? Where are they going? How are host countries responding? Fleeing war-torn lands in search of safer, better lives, people have been leaving their native countries. A total of 9.6 million migrants fled the Middle East as of the end of 2015, up from 4.2 million in 2005 – a nearly 130% increase. This increase in emigration waves has been fuelled by arising conflicts mainly in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan creating the highest level of displacement since World War II. Worldwide migration pressures are expected to increase with the rise of war zones and … [Read More...]

Climate Change Impact on Aviation: What You Need To Know

There are fundamental differences in how climate change impacts airports. Airports are operationally different from, say, power stations or seaports. For example power stations are intrinsically enclosed facilities; their encasement against external elements is relatively straightforward. With seaports, appropriate walls or physical barriers can be erected to shelter against potential increases in rough seas or in sea-levels. For airports, it is not possible to simply build physical barriers to close them off against adverse atmospheric effects that may afflict flight operations. Airports are fixed assets with long operational life-cycles. They are also location-specific and consist of an operationally demanding complex of interdependent … [Read More...]

Airport Workforce Development is Hotter Than Ever

  Some time back, I wrote Airports Compete for New Talent about the challenges presented to today’s airport industry by the continuing need to attract, retain and develop airport talent. Whereas most people think the biggest airport challenge is security or air service (important, of course), what really occupies the minds and conversations of airport executives is meeting this challenge. As Dan Parsons said in the first of his excellent three article series, “At some point, the job (of airport executive) becomes less about technical expertise and more about leading people.” The question has become, where are those people coming from? Why are they different than what I am used to? And, how do I deal with all this? THOSE are … [Read More...]

Thailand Aviation: What Happened to It?

In our growth markets series, we covered China, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia and South East Asia Aviation. Today, we take a look at Thailand. Last year, Thai Airways announced it was axing the Bangkok-Los Angeles route, in a move that put an end to 35 years of service to the US. Rome and LAX were two loss-making routes reported to be costing the airline $3 million a year. After a net loss of $445 million in 2014, Thai Airways’ debt skyrocketed to $5.9 billion, the highest among Southeast Asian airlines. Once admired for its dream of competing with the likes of Singapore to become Southeast Asia’s global hub, Thailand has seen things changing fast. From the delivery of its flag carrier’s first A380 to the red stamp received by ICAO … [Read More...]