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ACI NEWS Last modified on June 30, 2018

World in motion

Hicham Ayoun reports on the launch of two important new ACI World publications – the 2018 Airport Economics Report and the first Landside Security Handbook.

ACI World unveiled its 2018 Airport Economics Report and the Key Performance Indicators at the recent Airport Economics & Finance Conference in London.

The Airport Economics Report clearly illustrates the strength of the global industry. Moreover, the continued recovery in manufacturing and global trade, alongside a rise in business confidence, has fostered investment and growth in airports across the world.

The report found that aeronautical revenue generated from airport charges per passenger in real terms has remained stable – in the realm of $10 per passenger.

Using aeronautical revenues as an alternative for airport charges, charges are increasing globally at the same pace as global demand. This is clear demonstration that the calls for tighter and rigid economic regulation for airport charges are unfounded.

The report also found that it is undeniable that future growth in air transport demand will come from emerging and developing economies, predominantly from the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2016, airports located in emerging and developing economies occupied 45% of global passenger traffic across the world’s airports. By 2040, this share is expected to increase to 62%. By that time, passenger throughput at airports in emerging and developing economies will have 1.6 times the passenger traffic of airports in advanced economies.

The 2018 Airport Economics Report and the Airport Key Performance Indicators for the 2016 fiscal year are derived from comprehensive data from a sample of more than 900 commercial airports.

The publication is a concise snapshot of selected drivers of the world’s airport industry. It provides a comprehensive in-depth analysis of the financial and economic performance, on both the aeronautical and non-aeronautical (commercial) sides of the business.

To order a copy of ACI’s 2018 Airport Economics Report and the Airport Key Performance Indicators, visit ACI World’s online store: https://store.aci.aero/products/.

Securing the landside part of airports

For decades, the aviation industry has had to counter and respond to various security threats. Air transport has been a high-profile target for terrorists that seek to publicise their cause and further their aims on the international stage.

While the number of attacks has declined significantly, the threat has not. But today, aviation-specific security regulations focus on the airside space, the non-public spaces of airports accessible only to air passengers who hold a valid boarding pass and to security cleared staff. These regulations are designed to prevent unlawful interference with air transport.

Landside spaces, or airport spaces accessible to the general public, are subject to general security regulations enacted by national authorities.

As part of its continuing commitment to promoting a common-sense approach to security, ACI launched the first edition of its new Landside Security Handbook. This guidance is intended to help operators ensure that all aspects of landside security, including prevention, deterrence and incident management, have been considered in their procedures.

It updates and brings together the best elements of managing security from the current experience of airports around the world involved in this crucial task. The Handbook also provides many examples and options for different operating environments and may be used as a standalone guide or to complement an Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security review.

“Security remains a top priority for ACI World and the Landside Security Handbook is an indispensable resource to help airport authorities protect the security of the travelling public and employees at the airport,” says ACI World’s director general, Angela Gittens.

“Airports already exercise best practice, take all threats seriously, and apply rigorous security methods but, in such a complex global aviation system, the potential for gaps to develop sometimes exists. Through this new publication and the range of training and support that we provide, ACI is committed to addressing them.”

ACI encourages airport stakeholders to make this Handbook available to their employees so they may understand and follow the best principles and recommended practices for ensuring a safe, secure and efficient airport environment.

ACI would like to thank all the contributors and authors of the Landside Security Handbook, which is available online: https://store.aci.aero/products/.

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