ACI launches A-CDM to reduce flight delays

22 April 2013 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2013 18:30)

Airports Council International (ACI) has launched airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, Latin America-Caribbean and North-America, to help reduce flight delays.

Beijing Airport

Airports Council International (ACI) has launched airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, Latin America-Caribbean and North-America, to help reduce flight delays.

The launch follows the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between ACI and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) in June 2012 and follows the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) resolution on A-CDM in November 2012.

A-CDM helps key partners in the air transportation to share important aviation information essential to enhance aircraft turn-round times and pre-departure sequencing processes, which would improve airport capacity.

ACI director general Angela Gittens said that information sharing underlies the smooth operation of any ecosystem and the air transportation system is no different.

"A-CDM will enable a more undisrupted passenger journey as aviation partners will have access to real-time data about flight arrivals and departures and baggage routing," Gittens said.

"Information sharing underlies the smooth operation of any ecosystem and the air transportation system is no different."

"It will help avoid delays, prevent missed connections and reduce costs for travellers and service providers alike."

The system will enable airport operators, aircraft operators, ground handlers, air traffic control and air traffic management to share chief information, improve airport operational efficiency and address capacity constraints.

According to ACI, several airports in Europe have already implemented A-CDM and improved their passenger service, operational efficiency and cost reductions.

ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau said that the Asia-Pacific region will see a tripling of its traffic between 2013 and 2025.

"Our airports deserve innovative solutions to meet the challenges in front of us and manage such an increase in traffic," Chau said.

"A-CDM will help our members fully utilise the existing airport infrastructure while delivering operational benefits, reducing costs, improving efficiency and preserving the environment."


Image: Beijing International Airport is the major airport in Asia-Pacific region.