TRENDS. Airport traffic had doubled every 15 years since the 1970s when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly brought airports around the world to a virtual standstill and COVID-19 continues to have a dramatic impact on the wider aviation ecosystem
Collaboration key to recovery
The second quarter of 2020 witnessed 64% of the global air fleet grounded and in April, passenger traffic declining by 90%. As a result of global travel restrictions, an unprecedented lack of supply and demand has unfolded and ACI World predicts that it will take at least three years for global passenger traffic to get back to 2019 level.
Airports play a very important role in the global economy, generating millions of jobs and providing social and economic benefits for the communities they serve. For the industry to successfully restart, and for sustaining a balanced recovery from the global challenge posed by COVID-19, collaboration, cooperation, and consistency will be key.
The health and safety of passengers and staff is front and centre in the recovery plans being made. To have the best chance at success, any new processes will need to be data-driven and evidence-based, agreed in alignment with all stakeholders, and harmonized globally.
Advances in technology and digital transformation are bringing possibilities to airports, yet also creating new demands from customers and added cost pressures. Despite operational complexity and cost transparency continuously increasing, airports always put safety first.
ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of intelligent solutions that deliver superior airport performance from approach to departure. The company partners with airports and airlines to analyze their current setup and operations, identify bottlenecks, and jointly solve them using a consultative approach that enables airports to improve efficiency, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, and reduce operational costs. Our integrated portfolio includes solutions and services that harmonize airport performance, tackling every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems, and intelligent gate and docking automation. ADB Safegate has more than 900 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports.