International weather service provider UBIMET and Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) have signed a contract for the Weather Cockpit, an online portal that offers updated weather data.
The Weather Cockpit can be used to procure information about impending weather reports and accordingly take necessary precautions, saving costs and resources.
It will also help to reduce downtimes at airports and adopt a new roster plan to optimise operations.
Based on the weather conditions, it will also allow ground handling activities to be stopped as late as possible and resume quickly without compromising passenger and staff safety.
UBIMET CEO Manfred Spatzierer said: “Highly precise weather information at the click of a button guarantees airports increased safety for passengers and staff during extreme weather events and minimises disruptions in ground-handling which incur substantial costs for airports.
“In Doha, above all, sandstorms, thunderstorms and the ensuing lightning activity play a significant role. With the Weather Cockpit, we provide ISO-certified communications and a reliable decision base for severe weather events.”
Hamad International Airport is the first airport in the Middle East to use the UBIMET solution.
Airports in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Malpensa and Vienna have already adopted the Weather Cockpit.
Headquartered in Austria, UBIMET focuses on providing meteorological data, forecasts and severe weather alerts to help its weather-dependent clients enhance safety and efficiency.