The briefing on airports

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

The briefing on connected aviation

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

News in numbers


India’s airport retail segment is expected to grow to US$9.3bn by 2030 from its estimated market size of US$1.6bn in 2019, according to property consultancy Knight Frank Research


The length of Hong Kong International Airport’s new 5,700t pedestrian bridge, which is now the longest airside bridge in the world


The estimated capital investment required for US airports through 2024, according to a study from Airport Consultants Council (ACC)

20 years

Dubai International Airport reported a dip in traffic – a 3.1% drop in passengers from 89.15 million in 2018 to 86.4 million last year - for the first time in 20 years


The (potential) full-year loss of passenger demand for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, according to IATA’s initial assessment of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

81 million

The record number of passengers that passed through one of Netherlands’ five national airports in 2019, according to Statistics Netherlands

Impact of coronavirus

In quotes

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec at the opening of EUROCONTROL’s digitally connected airports conference:

In Europe, airports went through a major business transformation as governments have stepped back in favour of corporatisation and privatisation…our efforts to achieve more efficiencies require ANSPs to work with airports in a more integrated manner. This means breaking existing operational silos and finally getting ANSPs to get involved in and support airports’ operational centres.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) secretary general Dr Fang Liu, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

We’re urging ICAO’s member states to collaborate and coordinate on their national and regional preparedness and responses, and also to consider providing financial or in-kind support to the CAPSCA programme, including through the secondment of personnel, so that it can enhance its effectiveness in these scenarios.

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