Italy’s ENAV to optimise Milan traffic flow

Airports group Società Esercizi Aeroportuali (SEA) and Italy’s ANSP ENAV have signed an agreement to implement a A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) programme aimed at improving air traffic flow management in the Milan airport system.

A-CDM is a software platform shared by all the parties involved in the operational process, aimed at optimising flight management to improve rotation times and aircraft ground assistance.

It has already been implemented at other European airports including Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels, where significant results have been achieved, such as: delay reduction, improvement of departure planning, greater predictability of events, better use of slots and better use of all the airport resources. This gives concrete benefits for the airport management company, carriers, air traffic control service providers and ground assistance service providers.

In Italy, A-CDM trials will be held at Malpensa and Linate, as well as Fiumicino and Venice.

The agreement between SEA and ENAV – signed by SEA Chairman, Giuseppe Bonomi, and ENAV CEO, Massimo Garbini – is the result of the need to implement the A-CDM project as soon as possible within a Single European Sky schedule.

The implementation of A-CDM at the Malpensa and Linate airports will take place by 2013 under the Local Single Sky Implementation Plan Italy Years 2011-2015.

SEA Chairman, Giuseppe Bonomi said: “This means a step forward for SEA in the optimisation of air traffic flow management, putting us among the most advanced European airports. This agreement allows for the reduction of congestion at peak times, the better planning of departures and the better management of the resources of the protagonists involved. However, I would like to stress that this will also increase safety levels and reduce environmental pollution, which are two priorities of our airports, distinguished by concern for climate change. They are also accredited with the neutrality level the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, thanks to the actions undertaken for CO2 reduction.”

ENAV CEO, Massimo Garbini added: “With today’s agreement, ENAV is pursuing its commitment the increasing improvement of the various performance factors that make an airport more modern and efficient. Malpensa and Linate are important testing grounds for this commitment. It is only by coordinated growth by all the protagonists in the flight sector that the Italian system as a whole as well as passengers can receive the benefits; these benefits are not only hoped for but considered as indispensable by companies like ENAV, which has the safety and regularity of the service as its institutional mission.”

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