In this issue

Issue 66 • April 2021

Almost 20 years ago, 9/11 caused a global shift in airport operations and security awareness worldwide. Will the Covid-19 pandemic impact airports on a similar scale? In this issue, we examine whether creating more streamlined airports to welcome passengers back could create new security issues. Can airports effectively balance the ease of access and security?

We also debate the pros and cons of mandatory vaccinations for flights and take a look at the knock-on effect of Covid-19 on drug smuggles relying on aviation.

Looking further into the business impact of the pandemic, we find out how airlines are positioning their offerings in line with emerging travel trends for 2021, and ask whether the shake-up caused by Covi-19 could clear the field for new airline start-ups looking to break into the competitive market.

We also explore how technology and automation could revolutionise airside operations, from baggage handling to air traffic control, and cast an eye over the weird and wonderful stories of ‘terminal dwellers’ – people who spent part of their lives living in an airport.

Susanne Hauner, publisher