Welcome families back to your airport this half term with airport resources matching the expected demand for a positive passenger journey.
After lockdown and a complicated summer, the half term is the first opportunity for many families to have a trip abroad. With pre-departure tests scrapped, the traffic light system simplified and Covid tests for vaccinated passengers entering the UK a thing of the past, foreign travel is now far more practical for families. According to Thomas Cook, half term bookings jumped by 200% in September compared to August, after the government announcement. This positive news is a boost the airport industry needs to kick start a successful recovery, however, there is pressure on the airports to ensure the passenger experience is a positive one to encourage return flights.
Are you ready to scale up your airport operations and resources for this half term?
With our Airport Recovery Tool ARTΔ, covering 18 processes from kerbside to runway, you can make smart resourcing and equipment decisions quickly based on your daily or weekly forecast schedules to optimise your operations.
Key Airport Resources and Processes to Get Right for Families
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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. 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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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
Request our UK Regional Airport Capability Presentation by completing the form below and discover how our expert team can help your complex planning challenges caused by COVID-19.
Adrian Stratta has recently joined AiQ as Senior Consultant, and brings with him a wealth of experience. This article outlines his turnaround experience with Air Fayre Ltd (AFL), the Services Division of Journey Group plc.
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We are in the privileged position of having a great team here at AiQ, and even more so when we are joined by new recruits that bring with them useful and enlightening experience and case studies. Adrian Stratta, who has recently joined the team, is one of those individuals. We’ve been lucky enough to get an overview from him of one of his recent projects, with an indication to where potential uplift could have been achieved had AiQ applied their tools and insight. Read More »