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16th Aviation Management Conference Highlights COVID-19’s Global Impact

by Radhakrishnan Pattabiraman

The 16th Aviation Management conference was held in Amsterdam today.  Due to COVID-19, the session was held as an online event from Amsterdam. Furthermore, fifteen students from the Amsterdam University of applied sciences have organized this event.

Aviation Management Conference Focuses On Challenges and Solutions.

During the virtual summit, presenters focused on a variety of topics in the COVID-19 situation and gave their views on possible solutions.

The Necessity Of Circular Economy.

Ligeia Paletti – a Circular Aviation Specialist – examined Aviation Circular Economy.  Her presentation focused on Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPK) which is a measure of the airline industry’s growth. RPK is a seasonal indicator, but it dropped drastically from 40.3 billion passengers in 2018 to 27.2 Billion passengers in 2019.  While in 2019, the forecast was 38.9 billion passengers.  The circular economy is all about design:

  1. Waste of pollution
  2. Keeping products & materials in use &
  3. Regenerating natural system.

The circular economy is NOT about recycling.  Lighter, more fuel-efficient models are examples of a circular economy. These are already happening as part of innovation.  Paletti discussed the topic of crowded airports, the need for larger airports and waste management at the conference.

Asset (fleet) management and innovation of fuel efficient and light weight aircrafts could lead to circular economy model in the aviation industry

she added.  One was able to understand what is circular economy means and its relevance to aviation industry.

Air & Rail Forces Combination – A Need For The Future.

Tim Geraedts made a presentation on Air & Rail Forces Combination.  His presentation highlighted facts and figures of the COVID-19.  Some of them are:

  • COVID-19 – 89.7 million affected which is about 1% world population.
  • 1.9 million reported deaths of the pandemic
  • $391 billion revenue loss for the airline industry.
  • + 15% revenue growth for the cargo industry.
  • $173 billion aid provided to airlines.
  • A negative growth of 61% in passenger traffic.
  • 193 European airports facing insolvency.

This necessitates the aviation industry and the governments in general to adopt a hybrid model of Rail-Air combination for the future.

he submitted.

However,  when it comes to flying,  long-distance travel will always envisage for airline travel and cannot replace rail journeys,

he added.

The online event has various sessions focused on opportunities arising out of the pandemic and had a few hundred participants.  Furthermore, industry experts and analysts attended the event.

Watch this space for more coverage!

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