Should Airports Prepare for the Supersonic Revolution?

It is anticipated that supersonic aircraft will be reintroduced into the 2023 aviation system. Thus, the International Council Airport wants to rapidly follow the new standards and regulatory policies of these supersonic aircraft.

Thirty years after the first transatlantic crossing in 1973 (Concorde entered regular service in 1976), the first supersonic commercial passenger aircraft in the world was withdrawn following the 2000 Air France Flight 4590 disaster, which killed 113 people – and, with that, the supersonic passenger journey ended.

Earlier this year, a Norwegian-owned Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew 3,470 miles from JFK Airport from New York to London Gatwick in five hours and 13 minutes. Thus, a new speed record has been set, making it the fastest subsonic aircraft to cross the Atlantic.

Although apparently things would not be so, today’s passenger planes are actually slower than those of 1960, although they are more efficient, burn less fuel and have the capacity to carry more passengers over long distances.

According to the lecturer at the University of Salford, today’s airplanes have become bigger, but not faster, because there is no reason. Basically, the experts say, the performance of an airplane consists of fuel efficiency.

However, these statistics may change by 2023, as several start-up airlines compete to build a new generation of supersonic aircraft. How they need to be regulated in terms of noise and carbon emissions – and how they will deal with airports – is the subject of heated debate.