Airports Council International has signed an MoU with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation to streamline data exchange between airport terminals and air traffic management systems. Under the new deal, the two associations will work together to support the global deployment of airport collaborative decision-making, or A-CDM.
A concept long championed by CANSO, A-CDM gives airport operators the tools to make more informed decisions, according to a press release. It also aims to reduce system bottlenecks and improve service quality by enabling airport personnel to monitor capacity constraints and network demand.
Angela Gittens, director general of ACI World, said CANSO can’t achieve A-CDM deployment without the support of airports, however. “This increased level of collaboration with CANSO [forged by the MoU] is important to facilitate the global rollout of A-CDM and demonstrates that our partnership is working for the betterment of the entire aviation industry,” she said in a statement.
In hopes of fueling the A-CDM initiative, the two organizations have agreed on several specific areas of collaboration. Along with developing an A-CDM implementation manual for airports and air navigation service providers, the two organizations will promote regional A-CDM pilot teams and support standardized data interchange between airlines, ground-handlers, ANSPs and airport operators. CANSO and ACI will also endorse the International Civil Aviation Organization’s aviation system block upgrade modules, which involve A-CDM.
ICAO isn’t the only association CANSO and ACI are endorsing, however. The two organizations have also shown their support of the International Air Transport Association and signed an agreement with IATA to align their aviation initiatives at the CANSO ATM Summit.
“Airlines, airports and air navigation service providers all share the same priorities: safety, cost-effectiveness and sustainability, so it makes sense that we work together in these areas,” CANSO’s interim director general Samantha Sharif said a statement. “This agreement reaffirms our commitment to move from talking to doing, with a clear goal of delivering tangible benefits for all stakeholders within the next 12 months.”