European airports have come together to tackle what they believe will be the four major aviation challenges of the 21st century: airport capacity, the environment, global connectivity and aviation security.
These are detailed in the new Airports Council International (ACI) Europe policy outlook, which was launched in Brussels yesterday (February 24th).
The publication, entitled Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century, also documents the changing business models of European airports, which have been influenced by increased competition and differing government attitudes.
ACI Europe president Ad Rutten said the four key challenges will define the look of the continent’s airports over the next two decades and the benefits to society they can bring.
"Now is the opportune moment," he commented. "With the EU institutions currently considering the future direction of the European transport policy, we are making constructive proposals and stand ready to play our part."
Earlier this month, ACI Europe revealed that overall passenger traffic at the continent’s airports had decreased 5.9 percent last year compared to 2008.