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Total Airport Management
Deadline: Mar 16, 2016  

 Horizon Europe

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The full integration between Airport and Network Operations has still to be achieved (airport Performance strongly depends on the performance of the Network). Management of predicted airport performance deterioration therefore needs to be aligned with the Network. Collaborative recovery procedures and support tools in coordination with all the relevant ATM stakeholders are required to facilitate the pro-active management of predicted performance deteriorations. Total Airport Demand and Capacity Balancing processes and tools require further integration with the execution tools (Arrivals and Departure Management systems and Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control Systems) and resource allocation planning tools (Stand/Gate Allocation Planner). Airport landside/airside performance monitoring and management processes need to be integrated refining as well the turnaround monitoring within the Airport Operations Centre (APOC) in coordination with the Airspace Users. Environmental impacts and all aspects of de-icing are currently not integrated into the planning and execution timeframes of the Airport Operations Plan (AOP). Impact assessment tools available to the APOC need to better integrate information about MET forecast uncertainty. Post-Operations Analysis processes, support tools and reporting capabilities need to be developed.


The project shall address the following solutions:

  • Enhanced Collaborative Airport Performance Planning and Monitoring

    • Extending the Airport Performance process monitoring to the airport landside and ground access processes that may have an impact on the airside operations in both planning and execution timeframes; Developing rationalised dashboard(s) fed with all landside and airside leading key performance indicators covering Total Airport Management processes; Consolidating the KPI suite ensuring coverage of both landside and airside operations and focusing on leading performance indicators to support pro-active management of ATM related disruptions.

    • Developing, in association with Airspace Users, a suitable level of turnaround process planning and monitoring within the APOC which would participate in improving operational resilience.

    • Improving the connection between the airports with the ATM Network and Providing tools supporting recording, enabling timely analysis of specific events and reporting.

  • Enhanced Collaborative Airport Performance Management

    • The development of an APOC ‘What-if’ decision support suite that accommodates all the key performance flows of the airport, including the creation of a learning post-operations environment and intelligent optimisation for improving what-if computation.

    • The pro-active management of meteorological impacts on the AOP.

    • The collaborative Airport/Network management of predicted performance deterioration (collaborative procedures and tools).

    • The accommodation of environmental performance and restrictions in the AOP.

    • Total Airport Demand and Capacity Balancing and Post Operations analysis support and reporting capabilities.

Expected Impact:

This project will develop solutions that are expected to have a very positive impact on the Network through:

  • A performance-driven airport through KPIs monitoring and detection of deviations, collaborative decisions using support tools and what-if functions, post-operations analysis used as learning process. A Better situational awareness through SWIM information sharing, enabling provision and reception of Airport CDM data including MET and AIM.

  • A significant increase in the predictability, efficiency, environmental sustainability and flexibility of airport operations;

  • Better use of existing airport capacity:

    • Proactive management of predicted impacts to normal operations, quicker reactions on deviations.

    • Increased resilience through shorter and effective recovery to normal operations and collaboration with the Network, from predicted or unpredicted adverse operating conditions;

  • Increased safety in the airport environment due to reduced uncertainty of operations and reduced congestion through better planning.

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