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November 12, 2020

Airports in the new reality

Airport of the Future 2020
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Dear Colleagues!
On November 11 over 350 representatives of airports, airlines and other air transport industry stakeholders took part in the 11th international conference Airport of the Future held online.

2020 has proven to be the hardest year in commercial aviation history. And the next several years also threaten to be rough and unpredictable. How can airports weather the turbulence — how can they manage their resources, which direction should they turn to? These issues were the focus of the international online conference Airport of the Future. The online format, which has by now become a familiar routine, has allowed the organizer to reel in an impressive and truly international speaker line-up, and gather an audience from a dozen countries around the world.

The conference opened with a presentation by Kurt Hofmann, aviation expert and editor of Air Transport World, who delivered an overview of the measures global airlines and airports take to spur recovery of the air travel market. The topic was further unraveled by Aboudy Nasser, CCO, London Stansted Airport.

Panel discussions and presentations featured several airport business-cases shared by representatives of Russian and foreign airports, airlines, airport operators and consultancies. They revealed their experience of battling the crisis, and their efforts in transforming their networks and passenger flows, their views of the tapped potential of regional airports, digitalization of airport business, and specific solutions for efficient airport operations.

As explained by Anton Golubev, project management department director for Hikvision Russia: «Hikvision since its launch has been developing and introducing innovative technologies, which enhance both the level of public safety and efficiency of business processes. In the recent years we have focused on developing complex solutions across an array of industries — including transport. And today we can offer a well though-out, comprehensive solution to airports. In our understanding, an airport of the future is one where the bulk of business processes are automated, and passenger safety and convenience are independent of human factor. We think it’s very important — not just the highest level of safety, but convenience and comfort as well.»

To illustrate his statement Anton encouraged the audience to envision an airport where passengers enter with no delays due to access terminals using face recognition tools. At the same instance passengers have their temperature taken automatically by contactless technology, which also checks that the passengers are wearing masks and otherwise reminds them to put them on. Lounges are equipped with interactive displays where a passenger can find any relevant information, and at the same time intelligent cameras monitor the situation for crowds, unattended things and so on. And along with all that, operator companies obtain high-quality analytical data for monitoring and assessing efficiency of ongoing processes — in real time. That’s the reality of today, says Anton Golubev, thanks to the modern technologies delivered by Hikvision.

Whilst passenger traffic — particularly on international routes — has virtually dried out, the role of freight operations has taken a new standing. This was reflected by several speakers, but the global trends were analyzed in depth and detail by Elena Konkina, deputy general director and CCO of Moscow Cargo. She revealed how her company is managing through the ongoing challenging period: the increased freight traffic on scheduled cargo operations, a growing number of cargo charter flights, carrying flights in cabins of passenger airliners, growing demand for carrying pets and so on.

Whilst so much was said on how the pandemic-induced crisis is affecting the industry, some optimism was inspired by the panel discussion Regional Airports — the Untapped Potential led by Sergey Koltovich, member of the board of Magnitogorsk International Airport and Elista Airport. Joining him in the discussion — Mikhail Polienko, deputy director for aviation commerce of Basel Aero, Rostislav Petrov, head of sales management department for RusLine and Viktor Titarev, director of Radium Aero — shared their success stories of regional airport development during these challenging times, and jointly they formulated the main factors that stimulate development. The conference audience supported their optimistic approach and in the interactive poll almost half of the audience said they agreed it was possible to increase an airport’s traffic ten-fold in a decade.

Interactive polls are enabled by the organizer’s in-house internet platform. It provides capabilities not only for simultaneous transmission in two languages with simultaneous translation, but enabled the audience to interact with the speakers and fellow delegates in real time.

The Airport of the Future conference was held by the leading organizer of dedicated professional events for the transport industry, ATO Events with support and participation of the conference partner Hikvision, which is the world leader in design of complex security solutions for industries including transport.
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Valentin Ivanov
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ATO Events