Italy’s Rome Fiumicino Airport has introduced a new airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) platform which allows the airport to send departing flight status to other linked airports, saving time and fuel.
The A-CDM concept has become an integral part of the SESAR project (Single European Sky ATM Research) and will be adopted in Europe as a standard work method in accordance with the Eurocontrol standards.
The information is sent to the Eurocontrol network management operations centre, which distributes it to the other linked airports, optimising overall operational times.
The A-CDM platform results in increasing efficiency and punctuality by improving the flow of air traffic and the management of airport capacity, minimising delays, improving the predictability of events and optimising the use of resources.
The implementation of the platform was made possible through the collaboration between Fiumicino and Ciampino Aeroporti di Roma airport management company ENAV, the National Company for Air Traffic Control, and Italian national airline Alitalia.
Aeroporti di Roma CEO Lorenzo Lo Presti said: "The launch of the A-CDM confirms our prominent position at a national and European level, and our wish as management company is to be in line with international best practices."
Rome Fiumicino Airport is the first Italian airport to join the European project, and currently only ten other airports in Europe have this system: Monaco, Brussels, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, London, Düsseldorf, Zurich, Oslo and Helsinki.
The A-CDM testing phase began in October 2012, and saw the airlines save an average of about 800 minutes taxiing a day; equivalent to 9,600kg of fuel. This accounts to savings of €3.1m.
ENAV general manager Massimo Bellizzi said: "We are particularly pleased with this achievement, and the resulting synergy, and want to create a system between air transport operators."
The A-CDM considers all the phases of a flight to be a ‘single process’ that connects the departing flight with the arriving one, which leads to the optimisation of the air traffic management and all assistance operations.
There is also a constant exchange of information, which is updated in real time between the operators.