Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and Airports Council International (ACI) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to encourage the worldwide implementation of airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM).

CDM is a management tool that facilitates the exchange of data between an airport terminal and air traffic management (ATM) systems.

The tool enables decision makers to keep track of network demand, capacity and constraints, which can help them to make informed decisions, based on varying operating conditions.

In addition, the tool can reduce aviation system inefficiencies, helping airport operators and other stakeholders to streamline operations.

CANSO Director General Samantha Sharif said: "By improving the flow and quality of information between ANSPs, airports and other key stakeholders, A-CDM can deliver significant efficiency improvements across the board, from passenger processing, to customs and immigration, to reduced fuel use."

ACI World director general Angela Gittens said: "Airports are central to making A-CDM work and we are committed to this partnership with CANSO to bring enhanced efficiency, resiliency and improved quality of service to all our customers."

Both agencies will work together to promote the introduction and/or expansion of A-CDM support work on a worldwide standardised data interchange technical framework among airlines, air navigation service providers (ANSP), airport operators and ground handlers.

The MoC also includes developing an airport / ANSP A-CDM implementation best practices guide, promoting global standards relating to A-CDM, as well as support to form A-CDM pilot project teams.

The MoC will allow the agencies to support further work on aviation system block upgrade (ASBU) modules with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as well as delivering regular status information to stakeholders on implementation of A-CDM.

Image: CANSO and ACI officials during the signing of a MoC to promote worldwide implementation of A-CDM. Photo: courtesy of CANSO.