New portfolio of airport solutions draws interest at ALFA-ACI event in Paris

Yannick Beunardeau

Global Head of Sales and Marketing, Airport IT, Amadeus IT Group

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Airport delegates from around the world joined the Association of French-Speaking Airports event in Paris and I was very happy to represent our portfolio of airport solutions there.

The theme of the event was Airports, Territories, and Development – which presented the perfect environment for showcasing our applications, which are designed to delay years of investments using Amadeus optimisers for each airport function. Three unique benefits from our airport solutions raised the most interest among attendees; increasing capacity without heavy investment, limiting CO2 emissions and developing non-aeronautical revenues.

The event also allowed me to make the point to those interested that no supplier of airport IT solutions has the flexibility to cover all areas of airport operations and that’s why we developed our portfolio of solutions to unite the airport jigsaw puzzle.

Some of the solutions testing we did at Munich International Airport of our product Amadeus Airport Sequence Manager in June 2013 was of special interest to attendees because Munich was the first airport to implement the concept of A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) and the results were dramatic.

The new solution that Amadeus developed brings optimisation benefits and reduces the number of unused aircraft slots all year long, and is particularly adept in adverse conditions. Classical software suppliers are good when everything is smooth at the airport, i.e. when they are not really needed. The real guts of a solution like ours becomes obvious when things start to go wrong at the Airport (fog, snow, volcanic ash clouds, etc). It is in times of adversity that truly efficient solutions rise up to the occasion.

Likewise, the planned test runs of our Amadeus Airport Fixed Resource Optimiser that will start at Copenhagen Airport in 2014, which improves the use of infrastructure so that all airport operators ‘speak the same IT language’ drew interest from the airport players that I talked to.

All of these new airport solutions will be managed from our centralised data center in Erding, Germany and development will be at our campus in Sophia-Antipolis – which I think gives airports players a peace of mind along with the fact that our airport solutions team has climbed from 20 employees to 200 in a year.

I invite you to learn more about our portfolio of solutions for airports and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.