Passenger demand and capacity expertise

With record-breaking passenger numbers predicted to be moving through airports this year, the efficiency of their journey is a key consideration for AiQ’s work with airports throughout the world.

As global experts in constrained and saturated airports, we approach the capacity and the operation with not only a scientific approach to big data, but also with a strong emphasis on the passenger journey and experience.

There are lots of different things that need to be considered when you’re looking at passengers at an airport.

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AiQ scoops Net Zero Heathrow Supplier Award 2023!

AiQ are very proud to be named as winners of the SME Net Zero award at the Heathrow Supplier Awards 2023. AiQ provide aviation consultancy including operations, optimisation and modelling to Heathrow and this industry accolade recognises and celebrates their efforts in helping to achieve Heathrow’s strategic aims and their plan for sustainable growth Heathrow 2.0.

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Changes in check-in behaviour

We have recently conducted surveys of passengers arriving at check-in at a number of UK airports and there is a discernible trend for passengers arriving much earlier. Why is this?

We are putting it down to Flight Anxiety post-COVID and also related to Brexit.

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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 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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AiQ update

We don’t know about you but our feet have barely touched the ground in the last 12 months! After weathering the COVID storm we are pleased to have recovered well as a business and are now delighted to be making solid progress once again along with our clients.

We thought it might be useful to detail some of the projects AiQ 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 Heathrow, Bristol, Schiphol and Farnborough. Our work at Heathrow is across a wide range of programmes, in fact we are involved with 6 of the current H7 programmes.

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Meet our new Airport Planner – Charlotte Holter

We’re delighted to welcome Charlotte Holter to the AiQ Airport Planning team. Charlotte graduated from Leeds University with a First Class Honours degree in Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and has obtained her Private Pilots Licence. She has worked for Jet2.com at Leeds Bradford Airport in Customer Support – Landside and Airside and also at TUI as an Airline Operations Controller. Most recently she worked as the Operations Manager for Cranfield Flying School.

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The iQ to Airports with Cranfield University Alumni

Airport Virtual Reality

The New Year saw the opening of our Cranfield office located in the Innovation Centre on the Cranfield University Technology Park. We bring our operational airport intelligence to support sustainable aviation initiatives, lecturers, and students on the University campus.

Over the past 10 years, we have enjoyed strong links with Cranfield University, sharing operational expertise with students, and recruiting the most talented individuals for our business. As a university that provides high-quality master’s degree qualifications including the Airport Planning and Management course, it’s an excellent fit for AiQ who deliver intelligent airport solutions. This relationship is important to us as our people are the heart of our business – the iQ to airports. 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 »

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 »