Welcome families back to your airport this October half term with airport resources matching the expected demand for a positive passenger journey.
After lockdown and a complicated summer, the October half term is the first opportunity for many families to have a trip abroad this year. With pre-departure tests scrapped and the traffic light system simplified by Grant Shapps in September, 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 operational for this October 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 Processes to Get Right for Families
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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. Read More »
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. Read More »
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 »
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. 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 »
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.
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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In 2020, the Coronavirus Pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Airlines and Airports Worldwide. The overall impact will depend on how long this pandemic lasts’ and the scale of it as well as health checks that maybe introduced as a direct result and public confidence in air travel.
Since the outbreak became widespread and countries started to close borders and governments introducing lockdowns, international passenger traffic has collapsed with the most dramatic drop in aviation history, both in capacity and demand. According to The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), “Approximately USD 48 billion international passenger revenue loss from Jan to Apr 2020”.
Airport Health Screening
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Our airport community is in a period of unprecedented change. Expert knowledge, accurate data and smart decisions will help every airport owner, operator, airline, handler, service professional and product supplier adapt to our new world.
AiQ Consulting have 20 years of considerable operational experience, and involvement in projects across the entire airport from kerbside to airspace throughout the world. Our office is located at the World Business Centre at Heathrow Airport. In close proximity to Heathrow airport and with airside passes and an operating licence, in normal circumstances our team can be found everyday within the terminals and airside, visiting clients and keeping up to date on all airport processes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, like many of our stakeholders, our team are operating in the safe comfort of their own home. We are still open and ready to support you. Whatever your requirements through your consolidation and recovery, as practical airport operational experts, we can react quickly to provide expert advice and produce models that enable you to make smart informed decisions that protect your operation and reduce risk.
New Airport Recovery Tool
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