How can Regional Airports Optimise Passenger Experience?

Optimising passenger experience in regional airports can sometimes be a challenge, but reaching IATA standards should never be beyond an airport’s capability. Even with limited capacity, a smaller support network and fewer stakeholders and suppliers; regional airports can still achieve optimum passenger standards

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Facing the Future: New Innovations for the Aviation Industry

Departure Lounge

Our recent attendance at some of this year’s aviation exhibitions and events has shown us some interesting developments facing the industry. These new innovations promise great efficiency in so many ways, and affect all areas of the airport; airspace, airfield, terminal and apron.

When we visited the British Irish Airports Expo and Passenger Terminal Expo we took a look at these new innovations to find out how they would affect airports worldwide, as well as our work as airport consultants.

Low speed driverless pods

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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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What benefits do AiQ bring as Airport Consultants?

As a trusted partner to airports worldwide, we pride ourselves on our holistic airport capability. Our experienced team of airport consultants work with clients and stakeholders, large and small, realising problems and providing effective, risk-aware solutions to their capacity challenge.

Viewing airports holistically allows us to deliver intelligent airport consultancy, creating and delivering cost effective, efficient capacity planning solutions.

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The rise of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Pooling

Airport apronThe pressure on ground handling procedures has never been greater. As airport traffic rises and passengers’ demands for a stress free, on-time performance grow, airports and ground handlers must take steps to ensure that their services are effective, as well as cost and capacity efficient.

Damage caused to aircraft during ground handling is reported to cost airlines nearly $4 billion annually.  Staggeringly, the total cost to the aviation industry globally is thought to be more that double that figure, according to a recent report by International Airport Review. To begin to reduce this cost to the aviation industry, IATA has recently introduced Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Standards that require fitting of proximity sensing and warning systems to GSE. …Continue reading…

The Importance of Airport Passenger Movement

The movement of passengers through airport has always been of the utmost importance to AiQ Consulting and our clients. Whether it is realising capacity , improving check in processes and developing hold baggage systems, the flow of passengers is always critical.

And why shouldn’t it be? Without passengers, there would be no airport, and their wants and needs shape the way airports are constructed and managed. When we provide simulations to recreate a problem or offer solutions for clients, the data we use conveys typical human behaviour in all passengers. …Continue reading…

What Impact does New Technology Have on Security?

Recent contracts have impressed on our team just how much of an impact that new changes in technology have had on security at airports.

Online check in, 2 step bag drop, and other hold baggage systems and baggage handling advancements have made the check in process much smoother and easier for passengers and airlines, but what does this mean for the security of airports? …Continue reading…

Meet our Team: Marina del Val Pérez

This edition of our series of Meet the Team Q&As is with Airport Planner, Marina del Val Pérez. A business analyst with theoretical knowledge of airports and air traffic management, as well as a Master’s Thesis defining airspace capacity and a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, Marina undertakes a client consultancy and development support role for Airport Demand & Capacity Planning.

What is a typical day like at AiQ?

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Does the Aviation industry do enough for PRMs and their rights?

A great article in International Airport Review recently highlighted the definition of Passengers with Restricted Mobility (PRM) and their rights.

As a number of our past and current projects have looked in depth at the journey of PRMs throughout an airport, and how they must be considered when looking at capacity and passenger flow, we found this to be an illuminating insight. …Continue reading…

Taking our Aviation Industry Knowledge To Other Sectors

Eurostar St Pancras Terminal

Although we mainly work with airports, AiQ Consulting and our talented team are able to respond and adapt to a variety of client needs. We can transfer our skills, knowledge and tools to many different sectors that benefit from capacity planning and simulation.

In 2016, AiQ Consulting was asked by the high-speed railway service, Eurostar to apply our extensive terminal knowledge from the aviation industry to carry out a capacity and feasibility assessment for their St Pancras terminal. …Continue reading…

The Fast-Growing Indian Aviation Industry – What Next for India?

There have been many positive developments in the India’s fast-moving civil aviation sector. The National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) has finally been put into place and India has emerged as the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Currently ranked ninth, India is predicted to rise to third largest within two to three years.

Passenger traffic has increased by 17.6 percent in 2015-16 and growth is being maintained in 2016-17, with traffic growing at 19.1 percent during the period April to November. According to AAI (Airports Authority of India), over the next two years, traffic is projected to grow at 14 percent per annum to reach 290 million by 2017-18.

This staggering growth has had a number impact on the numbers connected with the aviation industry in India:

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