A special issue of International Journal of Aviation Management
Reports from International Aviation Organizations (ICAO, IATA, ACI, etc.) and civil aviation authorities (FAA, EU Commission, etc.) highlight the rise of air transport and the beginning of a new era of airport development. Airports bring significant social benefit and in many cases are believed to be the single largest generator of economic activity in the regions they serve. The airport industry high turnovers and its interrelation with other industries (i.e. tourism) stimulate the public interest and significant research has been produced covering various topics on airport planning and management.
The globalisation of the economy along with the technological innovations and e-commerce lead to radical changes in aviation industry. The success of the Low Cost (or Budget) Carrier model significantly affects airport business development and air traffic patterns. Furthermore, the emerging markets in Asia and South America provide new opportunities for more growth. The continuing growth of air transport has as a result led to most of the big city airports having to deal with traffic problems and the existing slot allocation system leads to significant growth of secondary airports. In the new era of airport development, capacity crunch poses a threat to the efficiency and competitiveness of all actors involved in the air transport supply chain.
The competitive environment of the aviation market along with the commercialisation of the airport industry leads to significant changes in airport business development and management structure. New concepts in airport industry development suggest changes in organisation structure and business formulation, moving dynamically in a more business-oriented market. Market trends make economic performance and efficiency essential criteria for good design and planning and radically change concepts in airport planning, operation and management.
While the benefits of airport development are significant, the disturbance in the environment is significant as well. The growing sensitivity on environmental protection leads to conceptual changes under the umbrella of sustainability which affect all aviation industry branches. Public and political pressures arising from the implications of air transport for climate change and the impact of airport operations on the local environment have the potential to restrict or constrain aviation growth. This in turn could have significant economic implications for activities that are highly dependent upon air transport, (i.e. tourism). Therefore, airport sustainable development is directly related to the management of the existing capacity and the planning process to achieve goals meet the stakeholder expectations.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Demand and financial forecasting
- Capacity control and management
- Aerospace modelling and slot allocation
- Safety and security
- IT techniques and real data information
- Accessibility and ground access
- Yield management and pricing methods
- Supply chain analysis
- Operation performance
- Sustainable planning and management
- Environmental planning and emission control
- Energy sources and consumption
- Cargo market and facilities
- Case studies and best practices
Manuscript submission: June 30, 2009
Reviewers' reports: September 14, 2009
Revised paper submission: November 16, 2009
Final manuscript submission to publisher: December 14, 2009