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.