INDUSTRY NEWS – LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Adelaide Airport and Amadeus partner to roll out Australasia’s first fully automated airport management system.
With traffic expected to more than double to 18 million passengers annually by 2034, and a vision to become a top tier business centre in Asia Pacific, Adelaide Airport is committed to scaling its airport operations and meeting its growth plans.
To help it realise its strategy, the gateway will replace its key operational IT systems with automated and scalable systems provided by Amadeus.
Its sophisticated aeronautical airport data management systems are the first cloud-hosted systems in Australasia, and this partnership is expected to position Adelaide Airport as a leader in airport operational data management.
Amadeus’ cloud based technology will streamline the gateway’s management of aircraft parking, boarding gates, check-in desks, customer information and other mission critical airport terminal services.
Adelaide Airport’s executive general manager for customer service, David Blackwell, enthuses: “The beauty of the Amadeus fully automated technology is it allows us to better prepare for the day ahead.
“We can plan further in advance to meet the demands of check-in, baggage handling, gate allocation and customer information, and we can react quicker to last minute changes.
“It looks at everything from air traffic control data through to current check-in demand and finds an optimal solution that ultimately provides a more seamless experience for our customers from check-in until they board their flight.
“The new technology is also about ‘future-proofing’ the airport as we get busier and busier. We will be able to adapt a lot easier to the increased workload.
“It will also be particularly useful as we prepare to expand the main terminal, during which time we’ll need to be more flexible to work around the temporary reduction of facilities during construction.”
The agreement to roll out Australasia’s first cloud hosted airport management system will see the implementation of three Amadeus Airport Solutions in Adelaide Airport: Airport Operational Database, Airport Fixed Resource Management Solution, and Flight Information Display System.
Some of the key benefits of these include accurate and timely flight and passenger data; automated resource optimisation; advanced scenario modelling; and industry leading flight and baggage information displays.
John Jarrell, head of airport IT at Amadeus, says: “Amadeus considers the whole ecosystem of an airport and how we can provide integrated and collaborative solutions for all our customers – ground handlers, airport authorities and airlines.
“Although these players have specific needs, they nevertheless share the common goals of on-time performance and improved passenger experience. At Amadeus we consider that we are in the unique position to enable collaboration between these different players through the technology they use.”
Making history in Dubai
Global engineering group, Cavotec, has won a breakthrough order for its innovative Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) and 400Hz power technologies for Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum International Airport.
The €17.5 million order is one of the largest airport equipment project wins in the group’s history.
Cavotec and leading contractor, A&P Group of Companies, are to supply, install, test and commission PCA and 400Hz systems, including underground services, for more than 60 remote aircraft parking positions at DWC. Deliveries are due to start in the second quarter of this year, with the first phase of commissioning planned for the third quarter.
The project consists of a large number of Multiple Aircraft Ramp System (MARS) stands, where the supplied equipment will service all types of aircraft, including the A380.
“Dubai Airports already use Cavotec’s systems at Dubai International Airport’s Concourse D, remote aprons at Terminal 2, Concourses B and C and the EXPO remote apron at Terminal 3,” says Juergen Strommer, chief operating officer of Cavotec’s Airports and Industry business unit.
“PCA technologies play a pivotal role in cooling aircraft in hot environments such as Dubai, and the Cavotec units in this order will enable Al Maktoum International to achieve the highest levels of service, readiness and passenger comfort.”
Under the contract, Cavotec will supply state-of-the-art 400Hz converters, and its Super Cool DX PCA technology as part of the expansion project at DWC.
Once completed, Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport is expected to handle some 160 million passengers a year, making it the world’s largest gateway.
AECOM Asia Co Ltd
Contacts: Neil Bentley
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. It provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments.
National Parking Company (Mawgif)
Location: Dubai, UAE
Contacts: Andrew Perrier
Over the past 14 years National Parking Company has become a leader in parking design, traffic management, technology, operation and valet. We can offer private investment through DBOT/PPP as well as concession based commercial models. The National Parking Company is the leader in the parking industry by offering a one-stop offering. We can come and audit your current operation and set a road map for your airport parking requirements bringing global expertise.