Uncertainty is a word repeatedly used this year, especially within the aviation industry and unfortunately, the situation continues to be uncertain. However, there are optimistic signs for UK Airports and Airlines with welcomed announcements made this month, November 2020.
Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport announced during the virtual Airport Operators Association (AOA) Conference that the government will launch a ‘test and release’ programme after England’s’ November lockdown ends. In addition, there is very good news on the efficacy of some COVID-19 vaccines. But not until 2021! Read More »
For UK Airports to flexibly plan their operations to the changeable demand, they need to understand how the activity is changing month on month. AiQ has provided a clear vision of monthly UK airport activity to show the current situation as we lead to Christmas 2020. Our team have visually represented the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) monthly activity statistics on ATMs, passengers, and Cargo to include the recently published September figures. The data used in our below graphs is based on 51 UK airports.
Air traffic movements (ATMs) September 2020
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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 »
The airport world will be different – perhaps for many years. However, running a business and an airport is about handling the downside and taking opportunities when and where they are available – otherwise your competitors’ will.
It is clear that airport operators must look at their businesses’ in a new light. No longer is growth guaranteed. No longer is income from Airlines, Parking, Duty-Free, Retail, Food & Beverage guaranteed. The fixed overheads including your Licensing costs continue to run. Revenue and profits will be squeezed.
Planning for Airport Restart, Recovery & Growth
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Following on from our previous blog ‘A Clear Vision of UK Airports Recovery’ which focuses on ATMs and passenger traffic, our airport planners have also tracked Air Cargo activity for this year showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, see below. Read More »
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 »
The COVID rate of infection and impact on the world has been unpredictable having a huge effect on the demand for passenger flights. Whilst flights have been slowly increasing since April 2020 until 31st August 2020, reaching 49.4% of 2019 flight levels according to Eurocontrol, recent figures published on 14th September shows a slight decrease in flight traffic to 46% of 2019 flight levels. It is now clear that the aviation industry will unfortunately not be out of the survival stage this quarter as originally predicted. Read More »
A viable aviation sector is a useful bell-weather for a nation’s health and prosperity. The ability and numbers able to travel for business, trade and or a holiday are indicative of a nation’s viability to reach beyond their immediate domains. Recent summer interruptions and detrimental events have included weather, security and other technical or strike action disruptions, but nothing on the scale of COVID 19. Read More »
The AiQ team are offering UK Regional Airports a better, cheaper, faster, scalable and more flexible planning service than traditional in-house planning. From your daily flight schedules, we can run multiple scenarios to assist you to efficiently manage your resources, whilst maintaining your required level of service across passengers, baggage, transfer systems and apron services
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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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UPDATE – See here for a Revised Route to Recovery Forecast
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on the aviation industry with an expected loss of traffic to be more than 4.6 billion passengers for 2020 according to ACI Europe. As lockdown starts to ease and our industry comes out of the survival phrase, there are some green shoots of recovery. The critical question now for airports is ‘How to economically service the limited, but growing demand with the right level of resources, providing confidence and health screening to passengers and staff?’
In this article, we briefly explore the route to recovery, ACI Europe’s comments on the challenges facing our industry and AiQ Consulting response to support airports in managing their changeable demand for efficient operations.
Airport Recovery Phases 2020
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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 »