Airport recovery post COVID-19 is enveloped in uncertainty. As highlighted by The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in figure 1, the trajectory of recovery is unpredictable and can take any course. In response to the unstable nature of recovery, airlines are employing over-optimistic scheduling and then withdrawals, leading to multiple revised ‘Actual Schedules’. For airports, amongst other factors, this high degree of uncertainty can especially have a significant impact on operational resource planning, such as infrastructure and staff, which in turn can impact capital planning.
What does this mean for European regional Airports?
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Airports worldwide are rising to the challenge of creating safe environments to stimulate demand for passenger flights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19 are being planned and implemented into operations to bring reassurance to passengers. As IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac states ‘As countries lift restrictions, confidence-boosting measures will be critical to re-start travel and stimulate economies’. Whilst essential, these preventative measures create complex challenges brought to an already complex airport operation.
A key question asked by our clients is what is the impact of aircraft turnaround times with accommodating new COVID-19 measures? Read More »
Our airport community is in a period of unprecedented change. Expert knowledge, accurate data and smart decisions will help every airport owner, operator, airline, handler, service professional and product supplier adapt to our new world.
AiQ Consulting have 20 years of considerable operational experience, and involvement in projects across the entire airport from kerbside to airspace throughout the world. Our office is located at the World Business Centre at Heathrow Airport. In close proximity to Heathrow airport and with airside passes and an operating licence, in normal circumstances our team can be found everyday within the terminals and airside, visiting clients and keeping up to date on all airport processes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, like many of our stakeholders, our team are operating in the safe comfort of their own home. We are still open and ready to support you. Whatever your requirements through your consolidation and recovery, as practical airport operational experts, we can react quickly to provide expert advice and produce models that enable you to make smart informed decisions that protect your operation and reduce risk.
New Airport Recovery Tool
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2019: A Year in Review at AiQ
As the year comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on the important events of 2019 and begin to look ahead at what’s in store for us in 2020. It is with no doubt that we will look back on 2019 as one of the most exciting and important years for AiQ. Together, we’ve made steady progress towards continuing to develop our team, improve our services and provide intelligent end-to-end support and solutions to our clients. From winning awards and collaborating with NATS, to signing prestigious framework agreements and working on groundbreaking projects with airports worldwide, we look back on some of our key highlights of 2019…
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There is a growing trend for passenger automation within airports, and for good reason. A new report published by IT provider SITA has revealed that “the demands of the growing number of tech-savvy travellers will have the biggest impact on the digital plans of airports and airlines over the next six years”. By 2025, 68% of passengers will be digital travellers. They will expect travel through airports to offer the same conveniences, controlling their experience digitally through their mobile devices, as every other aspect of their lives.
Automation within airports improves passenger experience
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The efficiency of an airport’s Baggage Handling System (BHS) has a direct effect on passenger satisfaction and airport punctuality.
If your airport has complex baggage capacity issues, our team has the capability and experience to see the bigger picture; enhancing efficiency, reducing risk. We can identify efficiencies and solve growing challenges across your whole operation – from passengers and baggage to transit vehicles, ground support equipment and flights.
Why is baggage efficiency is so important?
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Airports increasingly utilise common use systems for efficiency and ease of use, for employees and passengers like. These systems involve using the same equipment regardless of airline, whereas historically each airline would have their own designated check in desks and technical systems. With common use equipment, some (or all) airlines share this equipment. CUPPS (Common Use Passenger Processing Systems) was developed as a global standard to progress the use of this technology.
In our work with constrained airports worldwide we increasingly recommend common use systems to improve efficiency and increase capacity, using the CUPPS standard to ensure integrity and useability.
CUPPS, CUTE and CUSS
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Join AiQ Consulting at the British Irish Expo 2019 in Olympia London on 11th and 12th June.
The Heathrow-hosted British-Irish Airports EXPO is biggest UK and Irish annual procurement exhibition and airports conference, providing one of Europe’s main industry platforms for the airports community to gather, share experiences, do business, and strengthen their supply chains.
The AiQ team will be on Stand C12 showcasing our new collaboration with aviation experts NATS. We now deliver kerbside to airspace end-to-end capacity planning assessments, involving passengers, baggage, vehicles, flights, GSE and airspace, to airports worldwide. Read More »
Capacity assessments, demand forecasting and future proofing constrained and saturated airports is the core of our business. Our unique, diverse, multi-disciplinary team works in partnership with airport owners, operators and investors; airlines, architects and service professionals to provide a scientific approach to innovating future airports.
We are global experts, the iQ behind airports, creating capacity and operational efficiency, solving complex problems, future proofing and aiding investment decision making. Our intelligent team and our breadth of experience make us who we are. Read More »
This year the annual Passenger Terminal Expo was held in London at the Excel Exhibition Centre over the 26th, 27th and 28th March. PTE 2019 set an attendance record, with over 10,000 delegates from more than 1,500 organisations and 130 countries visiting, as well as over 350 specialist airport technology suppliers.
Seen as the world’s leading international airport event, PTE reflected some of the major trends coming on stream under the theme of ‘Smart Airports’. The Conference Programme highlighted the big trends affecting the future, including: Read More »
End to End Airport Capacity Assessment Consultancy
NATS and AiQ Consulting announce at PTE 2019 in London, a new collaboration that combines their Airside and Landside expertise for Airports to build growth, performance and customer experience.
This unique holistic view of the Airport brings new operational insights that identify short-term fixes, enables long-term infrastructural master planning and allows for Investor Asset Management to deliver assured airport growth. Read More »
Join AiQ Consulting at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2019 in London Excel 26-28th March 2019. Over a decent cup of coffee from our trusty coffee machine, find out why we are the trusted partner for the world’s most constrained and saturated airports, with an expert team delivering end-to-end capacity planning assessments, taking on complex problems and enabling and simplifying decision-making.
The Passenger Terminal Expo is the world’s leading international airport conference and exhibition, with unique opportunities for visitors to see and experience the very latest products, services and technologies.
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