Cloud-based Airport Operational Database (AODB) will be the brains behind the airports co-ordinating operations and logistics for more efficient processes
Finavia to roll our Amadeus airport operations platform at Helsinki and 19 regional airports
Helsinki airport and 19 regional airports in the country have agreed a deal to modernise their operations with Amadeus technology.
The European’s travel technology giant’s Airport Operational Database (AODB) will act as the “brains” behind the operations at the Finavia facilities.
The technology coordinates data to manage operational teams working on refueling trucks, buses, stands, gates and in ground handling.
Finavia’s airports will implement a single cloud-based solution that’s tightly integrated with airline systems to gain optimized airport operation.
Work is already underway with the switch to Amadeus AODB planned to occur in a phased approach across the 20 airports in the coming year.
Amadeus said the value of an AODB is “directly proportional to the quality and timeliness of the data it contains”.
It added: “Traditionally, an AODB receives data in batches from Air Traffic Control and airlines on an ad hoc basis.
“However, Finavia will now benefit from automated real-time updates to flight information as soon as airlines initiate changes meaning high accuracy levels.
“This will help airport stakeholders to better allocate resources and respond to the needs of airlines and passengers.”
Leyla Akgez-Laakso, chief information officer at Finavia, said: “Rolling out this new capability across Finavia’s airports will significantly improve our operational efficiency, helping us to better collaborate with our airline partners to improve on-time performance for passengers.”
Yannick Beunardeau, Amadeus EMEA vice president airport IT and airline operations, added:
“Amadeus already manages data for about 95% of the airlines that operate at Finavia airports, so we’re in a unique position to provide Finavia and its stakeholders with access to accurate, real-time data about flight plans and passenger connections.
“This deployment is a great example of an ambitious airport company looking to digitally transform and deliver closer collaboration with its airline partners.”
Due to the partnership, Finavia will become one of the first airport companies to run its AODB from the cloud allowing it to coordinate operations across its airport.
When a flight departs Helsinki for Oulu a unique aircraft registration number is automatically made available at Oulu, so the airport can allocate the aircraft to the correct gate on arrival, based on its onward flight.
Amadeus said: “This common situational awareness across the network improves efficiency, reduces manual workload and gives Finavia an edge.
“With a cloud approach, the AODB can be accessed from any device using a fixed, WiFi or mobile connection so ground handlers working airside can access up-to-the-moment information when they need it.
“Finavia’s management can also access the real-time view of the group’s complete operations from any device with an internet connection, while IT teams benefit from reduced maintenance and less on-site hardware.”