Small Signs of Recovery for UK Airport Activity 2021 Quarter 2

Passenger Traffic Qtr 2 2021

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published UK airport statistics for the second quarter of 2021 showing a slow gradual incline of activity for ATM and passenger traffic. Read further to see the surprising dip in cargo activity.

To clearly see the UK airport activity patterns across the months, AiQ has visually represented the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) activity data. Our airport planners modelled the months April to June covering ATMs, passengers, and Cargo for 51 UK airports. July data has been plotted on the graphs but please note there are several small regional airports to submit their data into CAA. Commentary on July’s data will be published next month when we have a full set of results. …Continue reading…

Supporting Airports Recovery during Summer 2021

Supporting Airports RecoveryAirport’s recovery is now finally underway and AiQ are fortunate to be supporting several UK and International airports. From everyday operational requirements to strategic planning projects, this summer our team are helping airports on the path to a successful recovery. …Continue reading…

A Clear Vision of UK Airport Activity 2021 to Aid Airport Planning

In support of future airport planning, AiQ has visually represented this year’s UK airport activity from January to April 2021. Our airport planners modelled the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) monthly activity statistics on ATMs, passengers, and Cargo for 2021 for 51 UK airports. To highlight the dramatic effect COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry we include comparisons from 2019 and 2020. Understanding how the activity is changing month by month allows airports to flexibly plan their operations to passenger forecasts and prepare for the summer months which is usually the peak season for airports. Will passenger and ATM traffic continue to rise? We shall report on the summer months as CAA publish their data. …Continue reading…

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. …Continue reading…

Leading Innovators of Holistic Airport Operational Planning

The destructive impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has dramatically changed airport challenges and priorities. Therefore, operational planning has compelled to evolve as the pandemic grew. As leading innovators of holistic airport operational planning, we explore how COVID-19 has changed the basis of airport planning.

Today, airports are operating with dramatically reduced revenues,  forcing them to radically cut CAPEX and OPEX. Their focus is on complex process change, operating with fluctuating demand and extraordinarily short planning horizons. To optimise resources and save costs across the entire airport, holistic operational planning is essential with the engagement of all stakeholders. This approach teamed with quick, and simple decision validation models has been a shift from airports using time-consuming complex simulation tools and stakeholders working in isolation. …Continue reading…

A Clear Vision of UK Airport Activity 2020

It has been an interesting journey tracking and visually representing Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) monthly statistics on ATMs, Passenger and Cargo. We hope it has helped airports to quickly see the bigger picture of activity across the UK and to flexibly plan their operations to the changeable demand. …Continue reading…

A Clear Vision of UK Airport Activity 2020

Over the last few months, AiQ has interpreted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) monthly statistics on ATMs, Passenger, and Cargo to provide airports with a clear vision of airport operational activity in the UK.  This helps airports to flexibly plan their operations to the changeable demand and to understand the bigger picture over the months. The data used in our below graphs is based on 51 UK airports. …Continue reading…

Back to Airport Survival

 

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! …Continue reading…

A clear vision of ATM, Passenger & Cargo Activity for UK Airport Efficiency Planning

UK Airports passenger activity September 2020

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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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. …Continue reading…

Airport Efficiency Saving Opportunities for Above Wing

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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