The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) has ranked Helsinki Airport in Finland as 'excellent' following a thorough evaluation of the impact of the collaborative decision making (CDM) at the facility.
The assessment was conducted by the international air traffic management body to check the performance of the CDM operating method, which was implemented at the airport by Finavia in 2012.
The airport was the first in Northern Europe to have procured the operating method, which is presently in use at around 35 airports in the continent.
The study found CDM to be beneficial for airlines, the airport owner and other companies operating from there, as it can result in an annual saving of up to €4m and also reduce delays and environmental load.
CDM is intended to improve information flow between airport operators and supports their enhanced cooperation for the aircraft arrivals and departures.
The Eurocontrol study assessed performance of the operating technology at Helsinki airport in relation to aircraft delays, operational accuracy, use of resources, and cost-efficiency.
Finavia deputy director for Helsinki Airport Heini Noronen-Juhola said: "The evaluation confirmed the observations that we have compiled in regard to CDM use.
"The benefits mostly align with what we anticipated when introducing the new operating method in 2012."