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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 77
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Dear ARC members and friends, 
 
Today's newsletter starts flat out with the elephant in the room: what are the implications of the Trump administration on the aviation sector? While this might pose a problem for the global climate deal, the Solar Impulse Foundation continues to inspire us with the newly launched World Alliance for Clean Technologies. In line with clean technologies, the European Environment Agency released a new report on air pollution.

There are news as well from Brussels, Helsinki, Germany and Romania. The bonus of this issue is the stunning series of "Airportraits", as a reminder of how busy our skies are.

Enjoy the reading!

Yours, 
the ARC Secretariat
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ARC is the association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near its territory.
 
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Twelve months ago it was unthinkable that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination to contest the US Presidency, let alone become President. However, from January 2017, he will be the US' 45th President. Mr Trump is a long-standing denier of climate change science. More importantly, President-elect Trump has said he will "cancel the Paris climate agreement". 
 
The Alliance is committed to advancing the cause of Clean Technologies worldwide and encouraging their global implementation as a way to set the world on the path of sustainable development and improve the quality of life on Earth.
Strengthening the relationship between all three actors - airport, pax, and residents - is a powerful tool for developing design guidelines that facilitate airport operations, improve the passenger experience, and benefit local communities.
Air pollution has significant impacts on the health of Europeans, particularly in urban areas, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). While air quality is slowly improving, air pollution remains the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe, resulting in a lower quality of life due to illnesses and an estimated 467 000 premature deaths/ year.
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company launched the Strategic Vision 2040. It is an ambitious plan that aims to meet the requirements of the expected growth in air traffic in the next 25 years. This vision of the future implies job creation, open and transparent dialogue with stakeholders and a balanced approach towards environment. 
Mike Kelley, an LA-based architectural photographer, spent the last two years by taking pictures of planes departing the tarmac at 18 different airports around the world. These "airportraits" capture hundreds of planes that leave the runway at the same time. The result is stunning.
In December 2017, Germany will operate the world’s first-zero emission, hydrogen passenger train. Not only that it emits just steam into the atmosphere, but the train is also silent. 

CAPA has made a 3-stages analysis of Romanian aviation and the country’s low-cost carriers’ rapid growth in the market. In the 3rd stage of the analysis, CAPA discusses the competitive positions of TAROM and Blue Air, as the latter one announced earlier this year that it will open a base in Liverpool in 2017.
Finavia's development programme at Helsinki Airport is having a significant impact on the Finnish economy. The CEO of Finavia, Kari Savolainen, said that for every one million new passengers there will be one thousand new jobs at the airport.
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