Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 69
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European transport policy by 2050

The European Office of the Metropolitan Region FrankfurtRheinMain in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union is organizing a discussion event on - See more at:

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Vienna Airport Terminal Development Project, Austria

Austria's biggest airport, the Vienna International Airport, handled 22.8 million passengers in 2015. This has risen, year-on-year, at 1.3% from 2014. Also in 2015, the airport attained a four-star ranking and received the award for the best airport staff in Europe.

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Will air transport be fully automated by 2050?

Modern aircraft are gradually accumulating more automation, while the role of the human has evolved to one of monitoring and supervising the technology.  But what happens when an automated system fails?  When, and under what conditions, can the human “supervisor” safely take over direct control of the aircraft?

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First public hydrogen fuel station opens in Flanders

Flemish energy minister Annemie Turtelboom has inaugurated Flanders’ first fuel station for cars running on hydrogen. The station, on Leuvensesteenweg in Zaventem, is a joint venture between Toyota and Air Liquide.

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World's busiest airports announced

More than 100 million passengers passed though it in 2015, a rise of 5.5% over 2014 according to preliminary traffic data released by Airports Council International (ACI).

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Europe LCC consolidation: 2nd-tier LCCs, legacy groups more likely to combine than Ryanair, easyJet

Reports that easyJet may be considering a bid for Monarch Airlines could herald a much anticipated wave of consolidation in Europe's LCC segment. The CEOs of both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM have indicated that they expect consolidation, while IAG has previously been active in this field, by acquiring Vueling in 2013.

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European Parliament approves new directive on use of PNR in EU

The European Parliament has approved a new directive regulating the use of passenger name record (PNR) data in the EU. The directive was passed after five years of discussions held between European governments and MEPs,

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Frankfurt plans to become largest certified Pharma-Hub in Europe

Frankfurt, the airfreight hub, has emphasised its ideal conditions for the rapid, safe and reliable delivery of temperature and time sensitive goods, specifically pharmaceutical shipments such as vaccines or medicine. 

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Task force created to as assess the risk of collision between drones and aircraft

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced it will establish a task force to assess the risk of collision between drones and aircraft.

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