Leave at the top
The president and CEO of Flughafen München (FMG), Dr Michael Kerkloh, has experienced a long and successful career in aviation; under his watch, Munich Airport has been bestowed with the title of ‘Best in Europe’ 12 times. As he prepares to step down from the role he has held since 2002, he talks to Grace Allen about his successes at Munich, the changes he has witnessed and his expectations for the future of the industry.
A united front
Martin Eurnekian, scion of an Argentinian business dynasty and CEO of Corporación América Airports, has recently taken on the mantle of chair of the Airports Council International (ACI) World governing board. In an exclusive interview, Eurnekian talks with Grace Allen about the challenges of meeting global demand for air travel at a time of critical importance for the industry, the value of collaboration to overcome disruption, and the role of the ACI in encouraging unity and providing leadership.
Airports are developing from transitional spaces to destinations in their own right, with breathtaking design marking some as must-see locations. Emily Moore hears from Jens Hassler of Munich Airport and Ivan Tan of Singapore’s Changi Airport on how they can be designed to supplant functionality with excitement and entertainment.
Stay in control
Recent events in the US have shone a spotlight on human factor issues in air traffic control. Joe Baker hears from National Air Traffic Services’ head of human performance, Neil May, and human factors expert Stefano Bonelli to examine the procedures that are in place to manage a controller who has become incapacitated, and how air traffic control service providers can ensure that their controllers are able to handle new sources of stress as technology develops.
Airports can provide a traveller with their first impression of the city and culture they are visiting, but all too often fail to convey a sense of identity cohesive with their location. With London City Airport’s £480 million expansion and regeneration project well under way, Tim Gunn talks to director Neil Dillon and designer Kevin Patience about how the city’s most central terminal plans to make the most of its position.