Gatwick uses cloud-based technology to increase runway capacity

17 December 2014 (Last Updated December 17th, 2014 18:30)

The UK's Gatwick Airport has increased its runway capacity, which will enable it to handle 55 flights an hour and an additional two million passengers on a single runway assisted by the Amadeus A-CDM portal.

The UK's Gatwick Airport has increased its runway capacity, which will enable it to handle 55 flights an hour and an additional two million passengers on a single runway assisted by the Amadeus A-CDM portal.

The airport has become the first in London to implement Amadeus' cloud-based Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) portal, which will enhance collaborative decision-making processes.

A number of the other airports that have joined the European-wide A-CDM standard include Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid and Zurich.

"We have received extremely positive feedback from our Amadeus A-CDM portal stakeholders."

With the installation of the A-CDM standard, the entire airport ecosystem, including airport operators, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic management, will see an enhancement in operations, resulting in air traffic management with reduced delays and increased capacity, along with an improved passenger experience owing to an integrated approach to operations.

London Gatwick Airport CIO Michael Ibbitson said: "We have received extremely positive feedback from our Amadeus A-CDM portal stakeholders. It is easy to use and enables them to make better decisions that contribute to smoother and more efficient operations.

"The portal supports all partners at the airport involved in activities from refuelling and de-icing to ground handling and cargo. Those employees have access to real-time data about what's happening across London Gatwick, it's a game changer."

The Amadeus A-CDM portal is capable of predicting future flight problems over a 4h period, which can identify flights that might be delayed and how they can be turned around faster to make sure they leave Gatwick on time even after arriving late.

Amadeus head of airport IT John Jarrell said: "Communication gaps still prevail in the airport ecosystem, a collaborative approach is key to align on aspects, such as disruptions, flight information, number of bags on board and passengers in transit.

"We hope to see other airports follow Gatwick's innovative use of the Amadeus A-CDM portal to facilitate improved communications and operational efficiency."