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S1:E173 | 11th December 2020

The Weekend Show with Chris Notter and Steven Dickson (part 35)

Almost at year end – One show to go!

Trending topics of the week:
• Airports stepping up. Optimising Airport Operations, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs as well as touchless processing.
• Possible – Innovative market bubble in 2021 as so many good and new tech options have or are being created. By an expert option rather than create internally. Specialise more – generalise less.
• Dilemma, challenge or progression? — Balance between privacy & protection of data. Opportunities with biometrics, telematics, etc.
• Uncertainty is prevalent – prepare and comply — competence based
• Joint guidelines form EASA & ECDC. Passengers do not need to be treated as high risk
• M&A activity could flow freely in 2021 –
• Consolidation is expected – QR/CEO
• Hamad International Airport receives first ME airport to get 5 star C-19 Airport Safety Rating
• Great initiative in AUH with EY and the HOPE consortium – Global Vaccine Distribution HUB – EY/SkyCell/AUH Ports Group/Rafed
• Positive announcements of bringing workforces back full time on full pay – Q2 2021 – Dublin Airport
• Continued senior management moves. Positive to see change and opportunities from within the industry.
o From Easyjet to Wizzair
o From Vuelling to Wizzair
o Within Easyjet
• Christmas Present suggestion – TURBULANCE written by David Banmiller from Malahide Press (Covering 50 years on the leading edge – a great look back)



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Chris Notter started his career with H.M.Customs & Excise before moving into Freight Forwarding. He then entered the Airline side of the business, spending 29 years with German Carrier Lufthansa. Chris always references Lufthansa as being “the best possible training platform that anyone could have been given in their early career years.” Since leaving Lufthansa, Chris has held senior leading industry roles including -Head of Cargo with Etihad, both VP of Operations at the HUB and VP of Network with Qatar Airways. More recently and during some 5 years with Saudi Cargo, he has held the position of VP Network Operations as well as Chief Ground Handling Officer. Since early 2019, Chris has once again returned to Consultancy as well as hosting the EVA Podcast series.