Small Changes, Big Differences – A Year in review with AiQ Consulting

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It’s been another high growth year for AiQ Consulting. With groundbreaking projects, including undertaking an independent assessment of declaration capacity at Schiphol Airport; pioneering strategic relationships with trusted and respected partners in the aviation industry NATS and IATA; and further expanding our team with specialists in airport capacity, VR and more; we’ve improved our services and products to provide intelligent, holistic end to end support to our clients.

Groundbreaking Projects

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Effective Asset Replacement for Airports

Asset replacement is an essential and continuous task for airports to remain secure and efficient. Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) replacement has been driven by new security standards with ECAC Standard 3 requiring much of the existing screening equipment to be replaced. An increase in demand for Early Bags Storage (EBS) may force the requirement to upgrade for increased efficiency and capacity. Whilst adopting new technologies for check-in and baggage systems have created the need to replace older equipment and updated processes. Read More »

Does Your Airport Comply with Hold Baggage Screening Standard 3?

Time is running out for airports to comply with Hold Baggage Screening Standard 3, which comes into force September this year in the United Kingdom. In Europe the deadline for compliance is September 2020.

The EU regulation No. 1087/2011 calls for compliance to the framework, defined and regulated by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), that sets the minimum required levels of detection. ECAC Standard 3 level of Hold Baggage Screening applies to hold baggage screening systems (HBS) explosive detection systems (EDS), liquid explosive detection systems (LEDS) and security scanners. It requires airports to achieve detection levels only provided by CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) type detectors.

The upgrades to hold baggage screening equipment are seen to be most difficult and costly challenges to be faced by airports in recent years. This equipment is not only expensive, but also large, adding increased stress on existing airport capacity. It may mean a complete re-build of baggage halls and facilities for many airports.

How can you upgrade to ECAC Standard 3 without a negative impact on your airport? Read More »

How can you improve your Baggage Handling Process?

Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) present a multitude of challenges to airports and their stakeholders. Whether you are a hub airport or not, the impact on baggage flow and passenger experience means that challenges in BHS must be tackled to maximise efficiency and capacity.

Increasing passenger numbers, as well as the passenger’s desire for greater control around baggage and check-in services also means a rise in self-service solutions, such as kiosks and bag-drops, now sitting alongside existing systems. As well as increasing capacity in-line with demand and offering passengers a better experience, they also provide challenges and opportunities for Baggage Handling Systems.

What is a Baggage Handling Process?

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Prepare for your future airport with unique airport intelligence

Solving complex problems at constrained and saturated airports is the core of our business. Our unique, multi-disciplinary team works in partnership with you to provide a scientific approach to innovating your future airport. We are global experts in creating capacity and operational efficiency, solving complex problems and introducing new technologies.

We focus on the AiQ – the airport intelligence. We work with clients around the world to create smart airports,  turning big data into scientific approaches for decision making.

Why AiQ?

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A Guide to Baggage Handling Process (BHS)

Do you know enough about how baggage moves through an airport? What you can do to make the process quicker and easier for airlines, passengers and ground support suppliers?

We have been working with airports worldwide to help them realise the efficiencies created by the introduction of an effective and modern Baggage Handling Process.

What is a Baggage Handling Process?

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From Check-in to Gate – The Journey of a Passenger Bag

When you are excited about your holiday or contemplating that important business meeting overseas, you don’t pay much attention to what happens to your bag when you drop it off at check-in. It’s only if something goes wrong that you contemplate the complicated Baggage Handling System (BHS) that goes on behind the scenes. Read More »

Introducing New Ways of Thinking for Hold Baggage Screening

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Airports are under increasing pressure to provide more efficient Hold Baggage Screening (HBS). Whilst the space and capacity available to airports remains fixed, the needs of passengers and airlines are growing as the number of passengers travelling through airports rises year on year.

AiQ Consulting have been able to work with several leading airport operators and contractors in order to improve Hold Baggage Screening at some of the world’s busiest airports. Our experienced team, along with our bespoke modeling tools and stakeholder management skills, has seen us recognised as an worldwide authority in baggage systems.

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White Paper – New Ways of Thinking

Is Your Baggage Handling System holding You Back?

Over the last decade global passenger numbers have grown considerably putting immense pressure on the industry’s baggage systems; and passenger numbers are only set to rise.

So what does this mean for airports and airlines? Read More »

Improving the efficiency of airport Check-In with new technologies

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Improving the efficiency of Check In is a key concern for our airport clients. Not only affecting and improving passenger experience, introducing new technologies at Check-In can also reduce capacity issues and increases time spent at retail and F&B outlets for passengers. This is a valuable advantage for any airport wishing to grow profits. Read More »

Early Bags Storage – Why is it crucial for an efficient airport? Part One

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The storage and transfer of baggage is a crucial element of the efficiency of any airport, whether it is a large hub or a smaller regional airport. Using the experience we’ve gained from analysing and simulating baggage flows at airports such as GMR Hyderabad as well the research and insight providing from our forthcoming White Paper, Baggage Handling, we’ve looked at key parts of the process and how better Early Bag Storage can be put in place to improve baggage handling at airports.

The first part of our blog looks at the process of baggage handling, and how it is changing. Read More »

Is your airport ready for 2018? Changes to Hold Baggage Screening Standards

Departure boardAll airports and airport operators should be aware of the upgrade needed in order to comply with Hold Baggage Screening Standard 3, which comes into force in 2018. This framework, regulated by the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), requires airports to achieve detection levels only provided by CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) type detectors.

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