Bergamo to benefit from A-CDM measures

Bergamo-Orio al Serio airport manager SACBO and Italian air navigation service provider ENAV have signed a deal to begin an A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) programme aimed at improving traffic flow management and optimising airport infrastructure and resources.

The SACBO-ENAV Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Emilio Bellingardi, SACBO’s general manager and Massimo Bellizzi, ENAV’s general manager and is scheduled for an early implementation to achieve Single European Sky goals as outlined by Eurocontrol and the European Commission.

The A-CDM programme for the Bergamo Orio al Serio airport is expected to be implemented by the end of the second quarter of 2019.

All phases of flight, from departure to landing, will be considered a single process, with the ultimate aim of optimising air traffic management and operations through a constant exchange of up-to-date information between all relevant parties.

A-CDM is an integrated platform for real time transmission to Eurocontrol’s Network Management Operations Centre of information on the real-time status of all flights, while Eurocontrol sorts that information to the other connected airports.

This helps optimise air traffic flows, airport capacity management and the use of airport infrastructure and human resources, in addition to increasing the punctuality of flights and reducing fuel consumption (with a consequently lower environmental impact).

Bergamo will be the sixth Italian airport to join Eurocontrol’s Network Manager after Rome-Fiumicino, Milan-Malpensa, Venice-Tessera and Milan-Linate, now in their operational phase, and Naples-Capodichino which is now in its implementation phase.

Elsewhere in Europe, A-CDM has entered into operation in Barcelona, Berlin Schönefeld, Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, London Heathrow, Madrid, Munich, Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Oslo, Prague, Stuttgart and Zurich.

ENAV’s Bellizzi said: “Today’s achievement confirms again that the synergetic ENAV – SACBO  approach is a trump card for a gradual, sustainable development of the Bergamo Airport. A-CDM will help optimise operational processes for the benefit of airlines and passengers. ENAV is constantly using its technology and skills to make air transport more efficient and sustainable.”

SACBO’s Bellingardi added: “The early phase of the A-CDM development is intended to introduce procedures that will be routinely applied in one-and-a half year’s time, with a number of efficiency improvement processes in operational terms and through a reduced impact on the environment from lower fuel consumption and lower emissions of pollutants (chiefly CO2).

“Based on our estimates, the implemented actions will result in an annual saving of 700 tons of jet fuel, or 2,300 tons of CO2 not released into the atmosphere every year. This is a further significant achievement in the long-standing collaboration between SACBO and ENAV, which will bring the Bergamo airport into line with the standards of other European airports having adopted the A-CDM system.”

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