Meeting future challenges of air navigation

2017‭ ‬was an active and successful one for ACI‭ ‬World‭, ‬with enhanced collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization‭ (‬ICAO‭) ‬and key industry stakeholders‭. ‬

A wide range of ICAO‭ ‬events took place during the year which brought together government‭ ‬policy-makers‭, ‬regulators‭, ‬and industry to get better understanding and‭ ‬address the needs for global harmonization‭, ‬sustainability and enhancement of‭ ‬safety and air navigation system performance‭.‬

The implementation of enhanced‭ ‬air navigation service has been enabled due to significant technological‭ ‬advancements‭, ‬particularly as they relate to the ability to share‭ ‬real-time information electronically among airlines‭, ‬air navigation service providers‭, ‬and airport operators‭. ‬

All aviation stakeholders such as airports will‭ ‬be affected by the need for more intensive use of‭ ‬airspace‭. ‬Re-shaping and implementing global air navigation plans needs‭ ‬to deliver significant benefits in terms of improvements in safety‭ ‬and increased efficiency in air transportation and airport operations‭. ‬

As‭ ‬the voice of the world’s airports‭, ‬ACI takes a‭ ‬leadership role in ensuring that there is an on-going‭ ‬exchange of information between airlines and airports‭. ‬The shared ideas‭ ‬will be discussed at the ICAO’s 13th Air Navigation‭ ‬Conference in October‭, ‬which in turn will develop a framework‭ ‬to be endorsed by the 40th Session of the‭ ‬ICAO Assembly in 2019‭.‬

The regulators must give more weight‭ ‬to planning because the more considered and inclusive the master‭ ‬plan‭, ‬the fewer the operational problems in the built environment‭. ‬Airports need the collaboration and information from airlines to review‭ ‬airport designs to accommodate the future fleet‭. ‬A good design‭ ‬is an essential element to maximizing the efficiency of the‭ ‬use of airport infrastructure‭.‬

Noise mitigation‭, ‬effective land use planning‭ ‬and airspace/air route optimization are critical important factors which‭ ‬contribute to the all-important‭ ‬“licence to grow”‭.  ‬Total Airport‭ ‬Management Systems‭ (‬TAMS‭) ‬including Airport Collaborative Decision Making‭ (‬A-CDM‭) ‬for the passenger terminal flow processes are required to achieve‭ ‬on-time performance and minimize overall delays‭. ‬

Also debated was‭ ‬safety areas for airports both on runways and on the‭ ‬apron‭, ‬including‭: ‬runway excursions‭, ‬runway incursions‭, ‬foreign object debris‭, ‬wildlife‭ ‬hazards and apron safety‭. ‬Runway safety was identified in the‭ ‬GASP’s highest risk category and the ACI members around‭ ‬the globe are already taking concrete actions to address this‭ ‬risk‭, ‬including through the formation of Runway Safety Teams at‭ ‬airports‭. ‬

Also discussed was Airport Cyber Security‭ ‬–‭ ‬a growing risk‭ ‬as we move towards a more integrated set of processes‭. ‬Our enhanced knowledge and partnerships we forged will help us‭ ‬to build and sustain a safe and secure air transportation with healthy airports that serve the traveling public‭.  ‬


Angela Gittens    Director General, ACI World

Angela Gittens

Director General, ACI World


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