The future of airports after Covid 19

As the title itself suggests, this month we devote the issue of our magazine to the future of airports after the Covid 19 pandemic. More in detail, we look at what operators can and must do to adapt to a challenging environment and turn this unprecedented crisis into an opportunity.

We start with an article for the World Economic Forum, focusing on the long term changes that the current disruption will usher in for the sector. Despite the damage it caused, author Laith Abou-Ragheb believes “the pandemic is likely to have a lasting positive impact on his industry”.

For the time being, Rene’ Armas Maes, vice president commercial of Jet Link International LLC and Aci Instructor suggests in an article for Aci we summarise here a seven pillar airport survival strategy to see the sector through the worst of the crisis.

We then look at a study published in the Journal of Air Transport Management to identify the key factors operators need to focus on for a long term recovery.

Last but not least, it is not all doom and gloom: while the world is shutting down and bracing for the second wave of Covid19 pandemic, the Middle East celebrates a new, historic opening: Israeli airline El Al has started services to and from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, crossing for the first time Saudi Arabia’s air space.