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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 80
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Dear ARC members and friends, 
 
Our latest issue covers several aspects, such as collaborative environmental management, predictive analysis software, the challenges posed by drones and also the new opportunities for EU funding in the transport sector. We have also selected an interesting article that discusses the current situation at Brussels Airport which seems to be troubled by noise restrictions. However, good news come from Romania, as the country is home to the 3 fastest growing airports in Europe. 

There's more to discover in today's issue, therefore we wish you a pleasant reading and a lovely week!
 

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the ARC Secretariat
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Planes and airports produce roughly two percent of global greenhouse emissions. An even bigger environmental issue is engine noise at take-offs and landings. Even though individual airplanes are 75% quieter today than they used to be few decades ago, people now fly more often. Therefore, joint efforts are needed to reduce noise and emissions.

The battle over noise restrictions at Zaventem Airport sparks tensions between Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. In this sense, Ryanair threatens to shift away from Zaventem. Ryanair CEO: “I know it is political, but Zaventem will lose destinations, flights, connectivity and jobs.” This article discusses the situation in Belgium, but also hints to possible solutions.
The figures seem to be looking good for Romania, as the three fastest growing airports in Europe are all there: Oradea, Iasi and Bucharest. New statistics released by ACI Europe establish the ranking of the fastest growing airports, the busiest airports in Europe, the five smallest European airports and the countries with the largest passenger growth.

Predictive analysis software could help improve air traffic management and using this software could result in more flights, fewer delays and a cleaner airspace for all. NATS UK has just released iTec, a computer system that promises all these improvements.
From simple toys to work tools, for surveillance or transport, drones have taken on an important function. But they can pose a threat to air traffic if they veer into airspace reserved for scheduled flights. What is being done to avoid dangerous close encounters?
The European Commission released a fact sheet on the need of investment in transport infrastructure and the opportunities available for EU funding in the transport sector. The fact sheet discusses several funding programmes, such as the recently launched “CEF Blending Call”,  but also others, like Connecting Europe Facility or European Structural and Investment funds. You can also find guidelines on how to apply for these programmes.
The growing interest in Budapest as a destination is certainly helping to put Ferenc Liszt International on an increasing number of airline network maps, but for Kam Jandu, chief commercial officer, Budapest Airport, a long-haul link to the US is seen as a route of strategic national importance to Hungary. The Budapest – New York city pair is its largest unserved market, but it has been six years since non-stop flights were last operated.
A new air quality strategy is urgently required to ensure that airport expansion at Heathrow is not granted at the expense of public health, said MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee. Further to this, in its report – The Airports Commission report follow-up: Carbon emission, air quality and noise – the committee noted that it is concerned that government has given no guarantees that air quality targets will be maintained after the UK leaves the European Union.
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