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News in numbers


Minnesota's public airport system generates $18.2bn in annual economic activity statewide, according to a new study from the Minnesota Department of Transportation


Height of the world’s tallest air traffic control tower at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Thailand


The current number airports that have been accredited under the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme worldwide


Predicted growth in the global airport passenger screening systems market over the forecast period from 2019-2025, according to a ReportLinker report


The number of North American airports identified as having a therapy dog programme as part of a new study of airport therapy dogs announced in March


Africa’s air transport industry economic contribution, supporting 6.2 million jobs and contributing 2.6% to GDP (subject to change due to Covid-19 impact), according to IATA

In quotes

IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, after IATA revealed that global air freight demand in February, measured in cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs), decreased by 1.4% compared to the same period in 2019:

Among all the uncertainty in this crisis, one thing is clear—air cargo is vital. It is delivering lifesaving drugs and medical equipment. And it is supporting global supply chains. That’s why it is critical for governments to remove any blockers as the industry does all it can to keep the global air cargo network functioning in the crisis and ready for the recovery.

ICAO Secetary General Dr. Fang Liu, speaking at an International Women’s Day Event held by ICAO in conjunction with IATA and other international organisations:

It is now more important than ever to advocate for gender equality, given the opportunities which are presenting themselves due to growth, attrition, and other factors. This is particularly the case in highly-specialised industries like aviation, where women continue to be under-represented.

Kristin Slyker, vice president, Connected Aircraft Honeywell Aerospace:

The airline industry is beginning to seriously invest in connected aircraft technology to proactively improve daily operations. The result is airline employees performing their daily roles more effectively, while also delivering the kind of service that passengers expect…

Reader survey

Last month, we asked readers on our sister website Airport Technology:

How concerned are you about the spread of coronavirus?


Very concerned


Slightly concerned


Neither concerned nor unconcerned


Not very concerned


Not concerned

How optimistic are you about your company’s growth prospects?


Very optimistic




Neither optimistic nor pessimistic




Very pessimistic

Will Heathrow’s third runway expansion be worth the financial and environmental cost?


Yes, it will be worth it


No, it will not be worth it



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