Airport CDM off to slow start in China

Only 16 per cent of airports in China have fully implemented Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) although over the next three years a further 68 per cent plan to implement it, according to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey,

A-CDM aims at improving the overall efficiency of airport operations by optimising the use of resources and improving the predictability of events. It focuses especially on aircraft turn-round and pre-departure sequencing processes. Increased predictability can be of significant benefit for all major airport and network operations and raises both productivity and cost-efficiency.

China’s plans are ahead of the global trend, however with only 55 per cent of airports worldwide expect to implement this technology by 2019 compared to the 84 per cent of China’s airports.

May Zhou, vice president, SITA China said: “The first step for improved airport operations is to implement an integrated airport operational control centre and today these are in place at 65 per cent of airports with plans to reach 83 per cent by 2019. By this time China’s airports will also have fully embraced CDM, enabling them to effectively manage the surge in flights expected over the coming years.

“The commitment to new technology by China’s airport operators is hugely encouraging. There is a clear acknowledgement that smart technology can support the country’s growth in air transport over the coming years.”

China’s airports are recognizing the potential of new technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) where their investments are set to overtake their global counterparts. Today, 29 per cent of Chinese airports have fully included the IoT in their strategy, rising to 82 per cent by 2019 higher than the 75 per cent of airports globally.

The 2016 survey included responses from mainland China representing 67 per cent of the total passenger traffic in China. The extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry is co-sponsored by SITA and Airports Council International (ACI).

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