Growing your operation efficiently with smart airport capacity planning

From kerbside to airspace, airports are scaling up for the predicted summer ‘travel boom’ starting with the Easter holidays. Despite this positive outlook, uncertainties over future COVID variants and the effects of the Ukrainian war overshadow. Smart airport capacity planning will enable a growing but flexible operation, matching capacity needs with fluctuating passenger demand whilst preventing resource inefficiencies. Read More »

AiQ brings operational airport intelligence to Cranfield

AiQ - Operational airport intelligence

AiQ is delighted to open a new office at Cranfield University Technology Park. We bring our operational airport intelligence and practical expertise to the leading global aviation research centre.

This office enables our team to support sustainable aviation initiatives and deepen relationships with industry leaders, aviation research and university academics. Our additional office at Heathrow World Business Centre 3 situates us perfectly to support London, UK regional and worldwide airports.

From advancing sustainable aviation initiatives to sharing expertise with lecturers and students, over the years we have enjoyed strong links with Cranfield University. Find out more about these below. Read More »

Resilience in the face of change – A year in review with AiQ

AiQ Team Christmas 2021

Preserving a strong experienced team, delivering a rich variety of kerbside to runway projects, innovating airport modelling, and advancing sustainable aviation have been AiQ proudest moments of 2021. As the year comes to an end, we take a moment to reflect on these key achievements and look forward to our exciting plans for 2022.

The people behind the iQ in AiQ

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Realising airport capacity in 2022 to meet peak demand

Airports are finally on the path to recovery, albeit the journey may be long and turbulent. Adrian Todd, CEO of AiQ, the award-winning team of operational and analytical experts, believes flight demand will increase in 2022 as predicted. Airport capacity will become constrained, creating operational challenges and opportunities to overcome adversity. Read More »

Optimistic Trends Proving UK Airports On The Path To Recovery

Path to recovery for UK Airports

The outlook for UK airports became brighter this summer due to the easing of restrictions and a simplified traffic light system. Optimistic trends below show a sharp increase in passenger traffic from July onwards, proving UK airports are on the path to recovery.

Is this the recovery we’ve been waiting for?

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Welcome back! Optimising Airport Resources for Half Term Scale Up

Match yoru airport resources to demand this October Half Term

Welcome families back to your airport this half term with airport resources matching the expected demand for a positive passenger journey.

After lockdown and a complicated summer, the half term is the first opportunity for many families to have a trip abroad. With pre-departure tests scrapped, the traffic light system simplified and Covid tests for vaccinated passengers entering the UK a thing of the past, foreign travel is now far more practical for families. According to Thomas Cook, half term bookings jumped by 200% in September compared to August, after the government announcement. This positive news is a boost the airport industry needs to kick start a successful recovery, however, there is pressure on the airports to ensure the passenger experience is a positive one to encourage return flights.

Are you ready to scale up your airport operations and resources for this half term?

With our Airport Recovery Tool ARTΔ, covering 18 processes from kerbside to runway, you can make smart resourcing and equipment decisions quickly based on your daily or weekly forecast schedules to optimise your operations.

Key Airport Resources and Processes to Get Right for Families

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Supporting Airports Recovery during Summer 2021

Supporting Airports RecoveryAirport’s recovery is now finally underway and AiQ are fortunate to be supporting several UK and International airports. From everyday operational requirements to strategic planning projects, this summer our team are helping airports on the path to a successful recovery. Read More »

A Clear Vision of UK Airport Activity 2021 to Aid Airport Planning

In support of future airport planning, AiQ has visually represented this year’s UK airport activity from January to April 2021. Our airport planners modelled the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) monthly activity statistics on ATMs, passengers, and Cargo for 2021 for 51 UK airports. To highlight the dramatic effect COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry we include comparisons from 2019 and 2020. Understanding how the activity is changing month by month allows airports to flexibly plan their operations to passenger forecasts and prepare for the summer months which is usually the peak season for airports. Will passenger and ATM traffic continue to rise? We shall report on the summer months as CAA publish their data. Read More »

AiQ commitment to the sustainable future of aviation through eVTOL

Leading airport consultancy AiQ, have been analysing the concept of Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) since 2018 as our commitment to the sustainable future of aviation. We announced early this year our involvement as a partner in the NASA Transition Vertical Flight Roadmap working group to further explore the potential of vertical flights as a new form of air transportation. As worldwide airport operational experts, AiQ shares knowledge and analytical abilities in specifically exploring the Commercial Intra-City (short-range) potential. Read More »

Leading Innovators of Holistic Airport Operational Planning

The destructive impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has dramatically changed airport challenges and priorities. Therefore, operational planning has compelled to evolve as the pandemic grew. As leading innovators of holistic airport operational planning, we explore how COVID-19 has changed the basis of airport planning.

Today, airports are operating with dramatically reduced revenues,  forcing them to radically cut CAPEX and OPEX. Their focus is on complex process change, operating with fluctuating demand and extraordinarily short planning horizons. To optimise resources and save costs across the entire airport, holistic operational planning is essential with the engagement of all stakeholders. This approach teamed with quick, and simple decision validation models has been a shift from airports using time-consuming complex simulation tools and stakeholders working in isolation. Read More »