Airport CDM family increases to 20 with Milan Linate

3 May 2016

On 3 May 2016, Milan Linate airport became the 20th fully implemented A-CDM Airport. In taking this important step Milan Linate has joined the family of airports fully integrated into the European ATM network.

These airports currently represent 28% of departure traffic in the Network Manager  area. By the end of 2016, EUROCONTROL, as Network Manager, expects to have integrated three more airports, representing a total of 32 % of departure traffic, with further airports bringing the number to 47% by the end of 2017.

Milan Linate is the fourth Italian CDM airport, joining Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Venice Marco Polo. Naples will be the next, in mid-2017. The strong presence of General and Business Aviation at Linate, which is quite challenging in terms of predictability, has required additional effort in the tuning of the system and operational procedures.

A-CDM is about partners - airport operators, aircraft operators, ground handlers, air traffic control and the Network Manager - working together more efficiently and transparently and sharing data. It enables better decision making, based on more accurate and timely information, with all airport partners having the same operational picture.

A-CDM integrates processes and systems aiming at improving the overall efficiency of operations at airports, by using the Landing Time estimations provided by Network Manager and then focusing on the aircraft turn-round and pre-departure sequencing processes. This in turn allows the ATM Network to run more fluently.

The benefits are also visible at a network level, with more accurate take-off information feeding into the air traffic flow and capacity management system run by the Network Manager. As a result, the network’s capacity is used more efficiently. In particular, a more effective use of slots results in reduced delays, improved predictability of a flight’s trajectory and optimised use of resources at airports.

A recent study found that A-CDM airports are more operationally resilient cost-efficient with tactical delay reductions leading to cost savings of close to €1 million in 2015. Any person or company interested in A-CDM, either as a concept or as a pillar of the SESAR Airport Operations Centre (APOC) concept, might also be interested in the findings of this study, which was initiated to support both the deployment of A-CDM and the development of the SESAR APOC concept.

For those new to the concept, there is a dedicated A-CDM website from which implementation guidance and specific airport project material may be accessed.

EUROCONTROL also offers training activities for A-CDM implementation including classroom and e-learning courses.

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