Airports all over the U.S. have erupted into chaos this week following the Executive Order issued by President Trump.
The temporary travel ban placed on seven majority-Muslim countries has sparked protests from citizens, whether affected or not. Hundreds of people came out at airports nationwide to express their horror for travellers, some of which were detained as they arrived on American soil, and others left stranded in airports around the world as they are refused boarding passage.
The Executive Order is expected to continue to delay travellers for a period of up to 90 days.
Within the next few years, travellers to Java, Indonesia, can expect to enjoy greater flexibility with the advent of a planned new international airport, which will replace the Java-Bali regions’ fourth busiest airport, Yogyakarta Adisutjipto, currently located in the Sleman Regency.
The airport no longer meets the needs of the region, with a handling capacity designed to originally handle just 2.1 million passengers. Last year the airport saw almost 5 million additional passengers pass through its gates, prompting further discussion surrounding the urgent need for improvement.
The new airport, currently underway in the Kulon Progo Regency, has been designed to accommodate 50 million passengers per year, and the first phase is expected to be completed during spring 2019. It will also serve long-haul flights, and will include a 3250-metre runway, which will be extended during phase two by an additional 350 metres.
A ceremony to break ground on the new airport was held last week, and was attended by President Joko Widodo.
This years’ Airline Strategy Awards has now officially launched, and is open for nominations. The 16th annual awards will be held at the Middle Temple Hall, London on Sunday 9th July 2017, and will be delivered and hosted by FlightGlobal and Korn Ferry.
Michael Bell, who has worked in partnership on the awards since they began back in 2002, is ‘delighted that FlightGlobal has agreed to continue our strong partnership from [his] new home at Korn Ferry.’
The closing date for nominations will be Thursday 13th April 2017 in six main categories:
- Executive Leadership – won in 2016 by Michael O’Leary – Ryanair
- Regional Leadership – won in 2016 by David Neeleman – Azul
- Low-Cost Leadership – won in 2016 by Enrique Beltranena – Volaris
- Finance – won in 2016 by Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
- Marketing – won in 2016 by JetBlue
- Network Strategy – won in 2016 by Emirates Airlines
- Flight Airline Business Award – won in 2016 by Tony Tyler – IATA
Visit the Airline Strategy Awards website to place nominations or to find out more.
A two-phase project at Dublin Airport has seen a dramatic reduction in passenger check-in times with the introduction of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE, self-service kiosks and the latest bag drop solutions.
Frances O’Brien, VP PMO at DAA (Dublin Airport Authority), spearheaded a campaign to streamline airport operations to address the challenges she recognised within the airport. Speaking about the implementation of CUPPS by Rockwell Collins in 2015/16, she said, ‘We worked with Rockwell Collins to implement systems that enable our airlines to share workstations, helping us make the best use of our current resources. As we embarked on this new initiative, our existing relationship plus Rockwell Collins’ extensive industry expertise made them the right partner for us.’
The first phase of the project began in December 2015, with the introduction of 19 Common-Use workstations. This quickly expanded to 64 units through spring 2016 with no issues, described by O’Brien as ‘a painless process.’
The self-service bag drop stations now number 20 in Ryanair’s hub, Terminal 1, and 16 in the Aer Lingus check-in area in Terminal 2. Jim Rogers, the Aer Lingus bag tag and drop off project manager said, ‘Some of our guests have told us that this technology is a key differentiator on whether they would fly with Aer Lingus again. Our fleet size is increasing by about 10 percent this year, and this type of technology allows us to increase throughput without capital expenditure on building and facilities.’