London Gatwick Airport has partnered with enterprise-planning cloud company Anaplan to improve speed and precision across its passenger forecasting operations.

The airport will use Anaplan’s forecasting capabilities to predict and create effective complex-demand plans on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis.

The introduction of the Anaplan platform has allowed airports to access a single source of passenger information, as well as simulate future scenarios.

Gatwick Airport Sales and Operations Planning head David Harpur said: "One of the major factors, beyond the product itself, was finding a partner that would work at the same velocity and with the same ambition to grow as us.

"Anaplan will also provide greater robustness and the integrity of data we desire."

"In Anaplan, we have found this match and the ‘get up and go’ culture they have, constantly supporting us to be bigger and better, is certainly something that resonates strongly with the team here.

"Passenger forecasting is at the centre of everything we do, and with Anaplan, we now have the potential to run intricate scenarios in a matter of seconds.

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"Anaplan will also provide greater robustness and the integrity of data we desire."

Gatwick Airport caters to more than 40 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services.

It is a single-runway airport that serves more than 200 destinations across 90 countries.

Anaplan UK and Ireland managing director Ian Stone said: "Global travel is a dynamic and complex industry in which forecasting has rapidly risen to the top of the agenda to model and optimise processes efficiently.

"We are excited to work with Gatwick Airport and support their growth ambitions."

Image: Gatwick’s North Terminal building and transit station. Photo: courtesy of Dbx54 / Wikipedia.