AiQ update

After another action-packed 12 months for aviation, as well as for AiQ and our clients, we thought it might be useful to detail some of the projects we are involved with to provide some scope on the range of work we can undertake.

We continue to work for a variety of airports including HeathrowSchiphol, Bristol, Newcastle, Newquay and Farnborough. Our work at Heathrow is across a wide range of programmes, in fact we are involved with 4 of the 6 current H7 programmes:

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Airport Demand Forecasting

In our previous blog we identified that in 2024 Airport Capacity Planning will once again be an issue for Airport Operations for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. In 2024 passenger volumes are predicted to recover to 2019 levels.

While Demand Forecast Planning has not gone away in that period, indeed it has been a constant and very challenging process used to anticipate changing passenger/cargo volumes, it will come into sharp focus as airports once again work at their limits of capacity. It therefore seems timely for Airports to re-evaluate this fundamental process to check it is fit for purpose.

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Continued Airport Recovery – a look ahead to 2024 and beyond

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic as the aviation industry moves towards the end of 2023, not least that it is expected to finally reach a profit this year for the first time since the pandemic.

ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts 2022-2041:

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global passenger traffic dropped from 9.2 billion in 2019 to 3.6 billion in 2020, and then recovered to 4.6 billion in 2021, and 6.5 billion in 2022. Over the next five years, traffic is expected to recover from 4.6 billion to 11.0 billion. (See chart below) This equates to a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.0% over the 2021–2026 period.
  • It is predicted that in 2024 global airport passenger traffic will return to the volume observed in 2019. Passenger traffic worldwide is expected to reach 19.3 billion in 2041 and 23.9 billion in 2050.

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Aviation Industry Recovery White Paper

Now that the aviation industry is thankfully well on the road to recovery following the massive disruption of the pandemic we are glad to be in the position of taking a look forward at future challenges rather than back, and anticipating what lies ahead this summer.

So what does this long awaited recovery mean for your operation and what are the challenges you may face this summer?

Download the latest AiQ Aviation Industry Recovery White Paper now.

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Aviation Industry Recovery – Part 3 of 3

In part 1 in this series the focus was on the forecasts that various industry bodies have made of a complete and sustainable recovery from the disruption of the pandemic and a growth in air passenger demand in 2023.

In part 2 and in this part 3, the final part of our series, we cover some of the industry challenges your operation may face this summer and what this long awaited recovery means for your operation.

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Aviation Industry Recovery – part 2 of 3

In part 1 in this series on the aviation industry’s recovery from the disruption of the pandemic we focused on the forecasts that various industry bodies have made of a complete and sustainable recovery and a growth in air passenger demand in 2023.

Thankfully it’s looking like there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic as the aviation industry moves through the year, not least that it’s expected to finally reach a profit in 2023 for the first time since the pandemic.

In part 2 of our series we cover what this long awaited recovery means for your operation and some of the challenges you may face this summer.

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Aviation Industry Recovery – part 1 of 3

Now that the aviation industry is thankfully well on the road to recovery following the massive disruption of the pandemic we are glad to be in the position of taking a look forward at future challenges rather than back, and anticipating what lies ahead this summer.

It has been encouraging to see various industry bodies making forecasts of a complete and sustainable recovery and a growth in air passenger demand in 2023.

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Automation glossary

If you need a refresher of automation acronyms, here’s our glossary of terms which might be helpful.

The terms can be divided into standards and approaches.

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Airport Automation – Building Airport Capacity beyond 2022 – part 3

In our third and final blog in our series on airport automation we discuss the ways in which airports and airlines can make use of smarter new technology solutions. As referenced in our previous blogs Star Alliance has defined an approach to newer technology solutions that are now being introduced, shown in the graphic below, which focuses on:

Move it upstream

Do it faster

Do it smarter

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Airport Automation – Building Airport Capacity beyond 2022 – part 2

As airports implement automated processes such as CUSS, SSBD and CUTE we want to take a look at the direction automation is moving in (see graphic below). Star Alliance has defined an approach to newer technology solutions that are now being introduced which focuses on:

Moving it upstream

Doing it faster

Doing it smarter

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Airport Automation – Building Airport Capacity beyond 2022 – part 1

The priority in summer 2022 has been rebuilding the workforce following the pandemic but in the medium-term airports should be planning for automation to improve operational efficiency and to build resilience into their operation. In the coming years automated technology is going to be a critical factor in providing increased capacity.

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