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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 68
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EU makes slow progress on aviation deals with Gulf countries

Member states have not even started discussing the mandate for the European Commission to negotiate agreements with fast-growing aviation countries in the Persian Gulf, despite a push from Brussels to get the green light by early spring.

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Air France shrinks as its LCC Transavia grows, but easyJet & Vueling grow faster

The Paris terrorist attacks on 13-Nov-2015 interrupted a healthy year of traffic growth at Paris Orly Airport but did not prevent it from posting record passenger numbers for the year. Its traffic suffered more in the global downturn than that of its larger sibling airport, Paris CDG, but it also recovered more strongly.

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Aerotropolis 3: A deeper understanding

An aerotropolis is a region that develops and grows within an airport and related activities as central economic growth drivers and the hub of economic activity.  

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Private ownership of European airports increases significantly

ACI EUROPE has published a new report showing a significant rise in private involvement across 500 European airports.

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Meeting the expectations of today’s connected passengers: On-demand, real-time, end-to-end

Expectations of airline passengers are not only shaped by how well an airline performs versus its direct competitors. They are also fuelled by standards set by experiences that consumers have in other industries, as innovative products and services in one industry raise the bar for all industries. 

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The World’s Coolest Airport Employee is a Runway Patrol Dog Named Piper

Birds and other wildlife are notorious for causing problems at airports, often known to fly over runways and strike aircraft. But one Michigan airport has discovered the most adorable of solutions: a border collie named Piper who patrols runways in a ski mask and boots.

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What do LCCs want of airports? How airport-airline cooperation can accelerate regional growth

Asia’s low cost airlines have had to fit into existing – and often irrelevant – infrastructure to prove themselves. In the early 2000s, low cost airlines in Asia were regarded on a scale between foolish and bankrupt-inducing.

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Anti-insect paint and electric planes: can technology make aviation sustainable?

Insects may not seem the most obvious problem to tackle when trying to make aviation more sustainable. But avoiding them on takeoff could help cut airlines’ fuel bills and emissions by up to 10%.

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Flying in tune with nature: the cleanest, greenest airport spaces

Airports aren’t renowned for their greenery, but operators are coming to recognise the value of calm, natural spaces in which passengers can relax and recharge. Frances Marcellin takes a look at some of the projects underway at the world’s leading airports.

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