Special Issue "Towards Future Passenger Operations at Airports"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Traffic and Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 3556

Special Issue Editors

Aviation Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: simulation-optimization; transport; aviation; machine learning
Institute of Flight Systems, Bundeswehr University Munich, 85577 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: air transportation; data-driven and model-based environments; predictive analysis; integrated airspace and airport management
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Dear Colleagues,

The requirements placed on airport infrastructures are evolving rapidly so that outdated technical systems and processes can only make a limited contribution to efficient handling. The COVID pandemic in particular has shown how far away we still are from the airport of the future. Now is the right time to sustainably introduce digital technologies and enable added values at the airport. However, for handling systems to function as efficiently and seamlessly as possible, passengers should play an active role in dynamic airport management.

This Special Issue calls for innovative and disruptive contributions that address models, methods, optimization approaches as well as improved operational procedures or design challenges to be solved for passenger operations and handling in and around the airport terminal (e.g., terminal, aircraft cabin, passenger trajectory, terminal building capacity), e.g., (but not limited to) the following topics.

  • Self-connecting passengers;
  • Digitalization of handling processes;
  • Sensor concepts in the airport environment;
  • Dynamic management and optimization of passenger flows;
  • Holistic gate allocation considering delays, apron and passenger terminal capacities;
  • Impact of COVID-19 regulations on future operations;
  • Innovative boarding and disembarkation concepts;
  • Automation of passenger handling, self-handling passengers;
  • Data analysis and data-driven approaches for monitoring and optimization;
  • Intermodal passenger journey, passenger and information flow, harmonization strategies;
  • Intermodal airport connections, passenger transfer from/to urban air traffic system;
  • Behavioral aspects of passengers trajectories;
  • Terminal building management, energy management.

Dr. Miguel Mujica Mota
Dr. Michael Schultz
Guest Editors

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Pandemic vs. Post-Pandemic Airport Operations: Hard Impact, Slow Recovery
Aerospace 2022, 9(12), 810; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace9120810 - 09 Dec 2022
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The elements of a new daily normal, airports need to face in post-pandemic operations, are massive flight delays, operational disruptions, and shortage of trained staff. The authors analysed the problems and reactions of airport human resources staff during the early stages of the [...] Read more.
The elements of a new daily normal, airports need to face in post-pandemic operations, are massive flight delays, operational disruptions, and shortage of trained staff. The authors analysed the problems and reactions of airport human resources staff during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and their approach to the management of human resources after the remission of the pandemic. Additionally, this paper describes problems of airports during the recovery phase and increases the understanding of specific problems airports are facing due to lack of qualified staff in their post-pandemic recovery period. Critical areas, in which airports underperform are ground handling services and security checks of passengers. Staff recruitment is not capable of providing enough workers to do the job. This leads to flight cancellations and delays or unsatisfied passengers during check-in and security. On top of this, ground-handling services remain unattractive for newcomers due to poor working conditions, such as low wages and 7 days a week shift work. ‘Cross-training’, allowing airports to have employees shadow colleagues from other airport teams, or ‘employee sharing’ (with other airports) could help in reducing problems, with unavailability of trained staff, especially at smaller airports. Full article
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