Demand forecasting and airport capacity planning

Airport Recovery Tool

Airport Recovery Tool – ART

AiQ has built its’ consultancy expertise in Demand Forecasting and Capacity Planning over the past 15 years – working with constrained airports such as London Heathrow and Schiphol to fast expanding airports such as Bristol and Budapest. But as we start to see signs of recovery from the pandemic and travel opens up again, what is going wrong as our airports struggle to handle traffic volumes which are still well below their pre-March 2020 levels? (The ACI reported 66% in March 2022.) Why are airports around Europe struggling to recover full-service levels?

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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 »

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 »

COVID-19 Airport Efficiency Saving Opportunities for Below Wing

Below Wing Airport Efficiency opportunities

Following on from our previous ‘Above Wing’ efficiency blog we have shared our practical suggestions below on how to make efficiency and cost savings for ‘Below Wing’ throughout the airport.

The statistics published by Eurocontrol and Civil Aviation Authority all indicate that UK airports will be in ‘survival’ to ‘intermittent recovery’ for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. ‘Consistent recovery’ and ‘growth’ may build early in 2021 for summer schedules, but there is still great uncertainty. You can clearly see these phases in our blog ‘Revised route to airport recovery’.

It is therefore clear that airport operators must look at their businesses in this ‘new business environment’. No longer is growth guaranteed. No longer is income from airlines, parking, retail & food & beverage assured. The fixed overheads including your licensing costs continue to run. Revenues and profits will be squeezed. Read More »

A Clear Vision of UK Airports Recovery for ATMs and Passengers – August 2020

Airport Recovery - Uk Airport Total Passengers

At AiQ Consulting our dedicated airport planners analyse and model all processes across an entire airport including passenger, baggage, transfer systems and ground support equipment – giving the big picture as well as highly detailed insights and analysis for effective decision making. Our modelling brings complex data to life to solve complex airport problems and improve operational efficiency.

During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tracked the route to airports recovery as seen in a previous blog. To provide more clarity to the recovery phases, our team have extracted Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) informative data to track UK airports monthly activity during 2020, representing these statistics visually in graphs to provide a clear vision. The raw data can be found on CAA website here.

The data used in our below graphs is based on 51 UK airports. Read More »

COVID-19: What is the impact on your aircraft turnaround?

Apron Consulting

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 »

AiQ Consulting Awarded Three-Year Framework Agreement with Budapest Airport

Capacity Planning at Budapest AirportAiQ Consulting has been awarded a three-year framework agreement with Budapest Airport. In order for Budapest airport to continue to deliver excellent and compliant airport operations and aeronautical infrastructure on a daily basis, the agreement will see AiQ undertake airport process, demand and capacity assessment studies to gain insight into operational readiness and seasonal operational feasibility, as well as master planning and strategy  to support the airport. Read More »

Best Solution Provider: AiQ Bags Top Aviation Award

AiQ Wins Best Solution Provider at the AOA Awards 2019

AiQ Consulting is celebrating success after winning Best Solution Provider at the AOA annual awards. 

The AOA annual awards highlight excellence among the aviation industry and celebrate vibrant and innovative work that is globally leading, and are administered by the Airport Operators Association (AOA). 

Our award entry, an innovative end-to-end airport capacity assessment from kerbside to airspace for Bristol Airport, provided a holistic overview of Bristol Airport, covering the entire passenger journey and integrating the airside and landside operations to the immense benefit of the client. Read More »