UPDATE. In a two-part article series, ADB SAFEGATE’s global ATM advisor, Stephen O’Flynn, explains Follow the Greens. In this first article, Stephen gives us the current state of the Follow the Greens validation and shares some results from the Fraport report. In his next article, Stephen discusses why airports need to develop a roadmap for Follow the Greens.
Carbon neutrality, 40% energy savings versus international standards, 100% clean energy operations – the expectations in terms of environmental sustainability for the new international airport in Mexico City are very high. The challenge now is how to reach these targets while accommodating 50 million passengers per year and ever growing traffic – 125 million planned in the project’s second stage.
MUNICH, GERMANY. With close to 40 million passengers passing through in 2014, Munich Airport is the second busiest gateway in Germany and the 7th busiest airport in Europe. The hub is expecting further growth in spite of capacity constraints in its existing two-runway system. To handle the forecast demand, maximizing throughput within existing infrastructure is essential. Safegate Group, through our subsidiary AviBit, is proud to be a key contributor to Munich Airport’s traffic expansion project.
Today’s Airports contain a complex network of stakeholders. Often these stakeholders have efficient management and communication strategies within their respective departments. However, inefficiencies that hamper productivity and performance can be created when these stakeholders interface with other departments and external organisations. If a holistic approach is to be implemented, a philosophy of One Airport – One Process needs to be adopted.
Many of today’s airports were constructed and put into operation during the 1960s and 1970s, in a period when jet aircraft were only just being introduced and air travel was booming. The usual way to increase capacity is to look into the construction of additional infrastructure. However, quite often the existing infrastructure is used in an inefficient way and contains hidden and unused capacity. Airports can increase capacity and reduce aircraft fuel burn through the efficient use of airfield ground lighting and advanced visual docking guidance systems.