Dublin Airport have embarked on a joint initiative with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to improve the flow of air traffic at the airport.
The IAA and Dublin Airport will now incorporate Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) into the management of daily flight operations at the airport. A-CDM is under the guidance of Eurocontrol—the European organisation for the safety of air navigation.
Vincent Harrison, managing director for Dublin Airport, said: “Importantly, A-CDM will help reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions from aircraft and vehicles operating on the airfield. Dublin Airport is mandated to implement A-CDM by January 1, 2021 and we are delighted to have the initiative in train about two years ahead of schedule.”
Dublin Airport and the IAA will now enter into a six-month data verification exercise with the European network manager, with the aim of becoming a fully certified A-CDM airport by this summer. Dublin Airport secured €356,000 in European funding for the programme under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport.
Paul McCann, general manager for the Irish Aviation Authority terminal services, said that implementing A-CDM at Dublin Airport would contribute to the reduction of aircraft ground congestion at peak times and should also reduce delays. He said: “By cooperating together on this project DAA and the IAA are supporting, not just Dublin Airport, but the European air traffic network in general.”
The implementation of A-CDM will make it easier for airports, aircraft operators, ground handlers, the IAA and Eurocontrol to know exactly where an aircraft is through every step of the departing flight process. It means fewer late gate changes and faster taxi times.
The improved collaboration between these organisations also provides a better understanding of aircraft traffic flows resulting in reduced taxi times and fewer queues and congestion on runway, taxiway and apron areas.
A-CDM has already been implemented at 28 European airports, accounting for 37 percent of departures across Europe.
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