• Integration : the Perruchon lessons

    Last night's TV documentary on the emigration of the Perruchon family to Canada 35 years ago was compelling viewing. It contained some insights on how to integrate in a foreign land

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  • easyJet cannot handle snow!

    Last Monday and Tuesday mornings it snowed a little. Although the airport pretended that all was well, most easyJet flights were very late or cancelled.

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  • The airport spin again in evidence

    Monday 19 December: a bit of snow in Geneva, but the airport spin department minimises the serious effect. However, some people spot the uncomfortable truth.

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  • Global Warming only interests young people

    Global Warming, with all its effects, will profoundly concern the young people of today, who will have to live with its effects. Does it also interest older people?

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  • Ben Ali's Falcon 900 has left Geneva?

    An unidentified Tunisian jet, without any callsign, left Geneva airport yesterday. Le Temps newspaper says that Ben Ali's Falcon 900 also left: one and the same?

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  • One less very noisy flight

    The noisiest regular flight at Geneva airport has long been a Boeing 747 cargo flight to Shanghai, proudly announced by the Airport in July 2009. Now it seems no longer operational.

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  • My Climate does not interest me!

    When booking travel, most often by air, people may be encouraged to make a donation to offset the carbon footprint of their journey. Regrettably, very few people actually do so. How to improve this take-up rate?

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  • Air Traffic control for sale?

    The financial crisis is forcing some countries to try to sell their assets, including airports. Britain is even considering selling off its Air Traffic Control service (perhaps to a German company!)

    A report today, Sunday 11 December, in the Sunday Times, states that the remaining public ownership part of its NATS (National Air Traffic Services) is a public asset which could be sold to private enterprise. One estimate of the amount is £500 million. One bidder could be the German state-owned DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung). However, this news, on the same weekend that Britain is considered to have turned its back on Europe, could raise a big political storm.

    This is all part of a desperate effort by many European countries to reduce their national debt. Greece was amongst the first country to offer to privatise some of its assets, including both airports and shipping ports. Other countries have been following suit. However, the idea that control of air traffic could be in the hands of a private company, perhaps belonging to another country, is likely to seem a different level of privatisation.

    Britain's NATS was privatised back in 2001 by the Labour government then in power, but a rebellion in both houses of Parliament forced the government to retain a 49% stake in NATS. It is this stake which is proposed as for sale, but there could again be a strong opposition.

    On the positive side, the Sunday Times article suggests that combining the British and German air space control into one authority could be a step towards reducing the plethora of national authorities which (they claim) is already struggling with the growth in traffic.

    I wonder what the Swiss organisation Skyguide thinks of all this?

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  • Geneva Airport traffic in 2012

    Like many airports, Geneva has seen many more flights in 2011 than in 2010. However, the omens for 2012 are not good (even perhaps for easyJet Switzerland).

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  • Aviation growth in Asia

    Never in human history have we seen a time when two billion people will enter the middle class and demand air travel. That time is now.

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  • Autumn leaves too polluted to be composted!

    Most Geneva communes sytematically collect fallen Autumn leaves and send them to be composted. However, some of those collected in Vernier are too polluted, so are simply burned.

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