Why Airports Should Turn to Tech in 2018
Airport saturation is now a universal complaint, as air traveler numbers soar. From Heathrow to Mumbai, Dublin, Istanbul and Dubai, aviation is bursting at the seams as the summer of 2017 showed very clearly. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been warning of problems caused by the lack of expansion in airport infrastructure to cope with increased demand. Only 43 percent of global traffic departs from slot-coordinated airports!
Confirmation from a major airline comes from Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotel, who was quoted by Aviation Daily as saying that terrorism was “only the second largest challenge to airlines”. The biggest challenge was “the lack of airport infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa”.
He added: “Demand in Asia-Pacific and Africa is increasing, but airport infrastructure cannot accommodate this demand. There is a slot problem in these regions. We need to stimulate investment in adequate airport infrastructure.”