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A process which maximises airport ground space has been rolled out to 15 European airports and a further 12 are jumping on board.

Eurocontrol and Air Council International (ACI) Europe’s Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) process shares real time operational data and information between operators, air traffic control and airlines on the ground, across European airspace. 

This sharing of information helps make better use of airport capacity, improve punctuality, reduce gaseous emissions, and it aims to fit in with the aviation industry’s Single European Sky. 

Director general of Eurocontrol, Frank Brenner, says: “A-CDM is really all about improvements in performance through cultural change and proactive partnership. It emphasises the network nature of air traffic management where an apparently local decision can have implications across Europe. Linking the airports to the network through A-CDM has a positive effect both in terms of capacity and predictability, with benefits for each player involved.”

To date, A-CDM has been implemented at 15 European airports since 2008. Airports, such as, Munich Airport, Brussels Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Frankfurt airports were all early adopters of the process.

While Oslo Airport, Rome Fiumicino Airport, Berlin Schoenefeld Airport, Madrid-Barajas Airport, Stuttgart Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport and last week, Gatwick Airport, will have all introduced A-CDM this year. A further 12 airports across Europe are in the process of implementing the process.   

The growth of A-CDM was discussed at this year’s ninth Annual ACI Airport Exchange conference and exhibition in Paris.

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