SITA is highlighting the efficacy of its SITA Airport Management system following a recent deployment at London Luton Airport (LLA) in England. Luton implemented SITA Airport Management a few short weeks ago, and has already noticed a measurable efficiency improvement in many of its core operations.
The SITA Airport Management solution is designed to help optimize various tasks that need to be completed to maintain a functioning airport. In Luton, for example, administrators are using the platform to automate its aircraft stand capacity procedures, reducing the amount of time needed to put together the weekly schedule by as much as 80 percent. The platform analyzes factors like arrival and departure times and gate availability to produce its plan.
SITA has also produced a 90 percent reduction in the time needed to record bus movements at the airport. Drivers previously needed to input data into a spreadsheet or relay movement activity over the radio. The new system, on the other hand, lets them use a standard iPad to enter data directly into the SITA Management System.
“These small but significant improvements mean that our planning is more efficient and proactive, we can deploy our people where we need them most and reduce the overall cost of our operations,” said LLA IT Head Kamal Patel. “This, in turn, has a positive impact for the passenger, through a smoother passenger experience.”
“Over the past two years we have seen airports and airlines increasingly focus on digitizing their operations and it is paying dividends,” added SITA Europe President Sergio Colella. “By digitalizing key processes across the airport, we are able to make more informed decisions across all stakeholders – airlines, ground handlers, and government agencies.”
SITA has argued that automation will be a driving force behind digital transformation initiatives in the air travel industry. David Lavorel was appointed as the company’s new CEO at the tail end of February.
March 8, 2022 – by Eric Weiss