European airports' impending capacity crunch

Airports across the UK and Europe are poised for a looming capacity crunch as both COVID-19 and ongoing environmental concerns have halted most expansion plans. Callum Tennant investigates what this could mean and looks at how sustainable technologies could overcome such challenges

The French government recently scrapped a €7bn expansion of Paris/Charles de Gaulle in favour of a new environmentally friendly alternative
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted the historic growth in air travel, airports around the world continue to look to the future. Many are keen to avoid a capacity crunch that recovery and increased number of air passengers will bring.

In Hong Kong, a new section of reclaimed land has recently emerged from the sea. The site will eventually host Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok’s 2 mile 528 yard third runway and new concourse building, part of the airport’s US$18bn expansion. Once the project is completed – scheduled for 2024 – it will push the hub’s capacity from around 72 million to more than 100 million.

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