Dublin Airport could see 30 million passengers this year
Dublin Airport is expected to see 30 million passengers this year after posting a record number of visitors in July. Last month saw 3.12 million visitors travel through the airport, bringing the total to 16.9 million for the year up to the end of July.
That’s not including figures from a busy August, especially with a bumper bank holiday, plus the remainder of the peak holiday season left. Foot traffic has been growing at Dublin Airport at around 7 per cent this year, but an increase in outward Irish passengers to Britain is covering a decrease in the number of people travelling from the UK to Dublin.
Boeing predict more pilots are required to keep up with demand
Figures released by Boeing say that over the next twenty years, it’s predicted that 87 new pilots per day will need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner to meet demand to travel by air. With passenger and cargo airlines around the world expected to purchase 41,000 new airliners before 2036, around 637,000 new pilots will be required to fly them. This also takes retirement into consideration, as over 42% of active U.S. airline pilots will retire over the next 10 years at the mandatory age of 65. Without enough pilots, flights could be capped, causing mayhem for air travel. ARTICLE: The U.S. will face a staggering shortage of pilots Source: CNN Money
Ryanair suggests alcohol limits for UK airports
Ryanair is asking for airports in the UK to restrict passengers to two-alcoholic drinks before boarding a flight.
The suggestion was made after it was revealed that passengers arrested for drunken behaviour increased by 50 per cent in the last 12 months.
This follows measures by the airline banning customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on flights, and not allowing people flying between Glasgow and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing alcohol on board. It also suggests banning the sale of alcohol before 10am.
Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “This is an issue which the airports must now address, and we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed.”
This month, the first-ever female pilot recruited by the Air Force graduated from the service’s training programme and made history. Tech. Sgt. Courtney graduated on August 4th and represents the first class of pilots the Air Force has enlisted in 70 years. Prior to this, the Air Force only used commissioned officers as pilots.
In December 2015 it was announced that the Air Force would begin enlisting pilots to fly remote aircraft for reconnaissance missions, for which 12 candidates were selected, Courtney being one of them. Instructor Maj. Natalie highlighted that: ‘…That’s who she is. She’s not a woman pilot, she’s a pilot.’
Airports in the Netherlands are set to be run on sustainable power from 2018 after an announcement by the Royal Schiphol Group.
From 2020, all power will come from new Dutch wind farms, but in the meantime power will come from other sustainable sources in the country.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport will all be supplied, amounting to 220 gigawatt hours per year for the next 15 years. Jos Nijhuis, president and CEO of the Royal Schiphol Group, said: “For our new energy contract, we wanted nothing but sustainable power generated in the Netherlands.” It’s believed that 70 million passengers passed through Dutch airports in 2016, an increase of 8.9 per cent on 2015.