Welcome to the Winter 2019 edition of Airline Routes & Ground Services.
This issue features a one-to-one interview with Finnair’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ole Orvér. He shares his thoughts on recent route developments, strategic partnerships and a green aviation agenda.
We have a European low-cost carrier (LCC) overview, with a focus on Ryanair and Norwegian. Using two different models, these airlines look set to face contrasting fortunes as we move into the new year.
Route development in this issue focuses on the Americas, noting how regulatory restraints and growing airport congestion could both come to have a significant impact on airline activities in the region.
Our airport spotlight this issue is on Billund Airport, Vienna Airport and Luxivair San Bernadino, covering topics such as airport competition, employee strike action and drone threats.
Also included in this issue is a review of the AGS Global Networking Summit 2019, an event which saw a multitude of ground service providers come together to discuss the state and future direction of the industry.
Speaking of ground service providers, this issue features an exclusive interview with Menzies Aviation CEO Giles Wilson, touching on issues such as innovation, the green revolution and market consolidation.
Swissport Senior Communications Manager Stefan Hartung has some interesting insights on the green revolution, predictive technology and employee satisfaction, in a wide-ranging interview about the Swiss ground handling giant. Justin Burns tackles the topic of gender diversity in aviation, talking to Nikki Ozols and Tammy McKenzie, two key figures at TUI Aviation, about their thoughts on the matter.
Meghan Ramsey investigates the services for passengers with restricted mobility (PRM) at Atlanta and Heathrow Airports, looking at issues such as technology and an ageing population.
George Anjaparidze takes a look at the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and what this means for the aviation industry in the short-to-medium term.
And finally, a report by engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti and not-for-profit Resilience First examines the ways in which airport communities can change and adapt to maximise their potential in a changing world.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue.