Seven financial benefits of cloud-based common use for airports

Sebastien Tomi

Product Manager, Passenger Processing Services, Airport IT, Amadeus IT Group

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If there’s one person every employee wants to make happy, it’s the CFO. And nothing makes CFOs happier than saving on costs. From an airport perspective, there are several ways that Amadeus Airport Common Use Service (ACUS) can make industry CFOs giddy with the prospect of optimizing both operational and capital expenditures of their businesses.


Cut network costs

With ACUS, a single network connection is all that’s required between the airport’s LAN and the ACUS platform. Once the airline’s Departure Control System (DCS) is connected to ACUS, the airline can cancel its existing DCS network connectivity to each ACUS-enabled airport.

Streamline the certification process for airline application

As airline applications are hosted on a centralised platform that can be accessed from any ACUS-enabled airport, the time and effort required to certify and deploy new applications via ACUS is considerably reduced.

Create new routes with minimum efforts

Airlines can leverage an airport’s connection to create new routes without paying for new airport-dedicated links. This makes the creation of new routes faster and cheaper for airlines. In addition, ACUS-enabled airports become much more attractive for airlines.

Remove on-site server and associated maintenance

As a centrally hosted service, ACUS does not require any local onsite servers. Consequently, ACUS frees up airports from the requirement to provide secure, environmentally-controlled server hosting space within their data centre/core room and all the associated maintenance and support effort.

Save on hardware investment

Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) compliant hardware can be used with ACUS with minimum configuration. Consequently, airports can optimise the use of their existing hardware and avoid forced investments.

Reduce administrative effort

ACUS reduces the technical skill level required by local staff for on-site support. With no local server infrastructure, and high reliability, remotely managed thin clients, the requirement for local technical expertise (and the associated costs of this manpower) are likely to be significantly reduced.

Greener also means cheaper

By removing the need for local servers, and through the use of modern energy efficient devices at the airport (e.g. Thin Client vs PCs), ACUS can significantly reduce both energy bills and carbon footprint compared to legacy CUTE/CUPPS services. These key cost reduction drivers have already been

proven with customers. Following the implementation of ACUS, one airport was able to reduce passenger processingcosts by 26%. This was not an isolated case, as another airport experienceda 25% cost reduction compared to their previous CUTE/CUPPS service.

Cloud-based common use brings a paradigm change to the industry.

Amadeus Airport Common Use Servicewill enable CFO’s to reap the benefits in both cost-savings and new revenue generation, while simultaneously improving both top and bottom line.

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