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September 24, 2013

Québec Airport implements SITA’s new AOS Data Transformation service

Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport has implemented SITA's innovative Aviation Operational Statistics (AOS) Data Transformation service, which allows data from multiple airlines seamlessly incorporated into its airport management system.

By Ranjith Dharma

Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport has implemented SITA’s innovative Aviation Operational Statistics (AOS) Data Transformation service, which allows data from multiple airlines seamlessly incorporated into its airport management system.

With this move, Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport has become the first airport in the world to implement SITA’s AOS Data Transformation service.

The new community messaging service enables the airport to automatically process information from all the airlines’ operational messages and use it for airport resource planning and allocation.

Information such as actual arrival and departure times, passenger counts and load figures from movement (MVT/MVA), and load / distribution messages (LDM) are seamlessly incorporated through XML into SITA’s airport management system.

This important information is fed into SITA’s ‘action boards’, thereby offering the airport managers high quality data for effective real-time decision making.

Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport strategic planning manager Marc-André Bédard said that a huge volume of data is available to airports from the airlines but traditionally it is tied up in a complex and un-harmonised eco-system of formats and applications.

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"By using SITA’s next-generation messaging service we can take the various feeds from the airlines that fly to Québec Airport and have them in modern XML format."

"With this new messaging system from SITA, we are making the best use of shared data to improve the experience for all airlines and their passengers travelling through Quebec Airport," Bédard added.

"Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport has become the first airport in the world to implement SITA’s AOS Data Transformation service."

SITA communications and infrastructure solutions vice president Rukmini Glanard said that Quebec Airport is leading the industry by transforming Type B messages into XML using the Type X Distribution Service and integrating them into its airport management system.

"Collaborative decision making is a priority for airlines and airports around the world but it is dependent on the effective flow of data between parties. SITA’s new data transformation service unlocks the data traditionally tied up in legacy systems making it usable with all modern applications," Glanard added.

SITA’s service was successfully tested at Quebec Airport for a period of three months, during which major efficiencies were demonstrated.

It was determined that SITA AOS Data Transformation avoids delay and errors through manual processing, avoids the airport from having to develop and maintain expensive and complicated in-house messaging interfaces, and improves the airport’s reporting and billing processes.

Quebec International Airport currently serves ten airlines operating 350 flights each week to 54 destinations.

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