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Netcompany and CPH form IT company to digitise airports worldwide

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Netcompany and CPH form IT company to digitise airports worldwide

CPH and Netcompany are forming a new company, Smarter Airports A/S, to develop a new, market-leading digital platform for efficient and sustainable operation of the airports of the future. Once the solution has been implemented at Copenhagen Airport, the plan is to sell the system to airports worldwide.

Copenhagen Airport has been named the most efficient airport in Europe fifteen out of seventeen times – most recently in 2019. Based on this position of strength, the airport has partnered up with Netcompany to develop a new market-leading digital platform for efficient operation of the airports of the future.

Netcompany and CPH are prepared to invest up to DKK 200 million combined to the company, Smarter Airports A/S. The company plans to finalise the development of the new digital, data-driven platform over the next 12 months.

“Notwithstanding the deep crisis currently facing the aviation industry, we need to replace the soon to be outdated IT system currently used to control traffic flows and support the passenger experience. This partnership enables us to combine our know-how and Netcompany’s competencies for the purpose of developing an innovative IT system able to meet the requirements of tomorrow for efficient and sustainable airport operations,” says Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports.

“Combining the best of the two Danish companies and sharing development costs, we have the chance to subsequently turn the system into a genuine export success by selling it to major airports worldwide. This is not only a good idea, it’s also good business, and on top of that, the project is in line with one of the airport’s strategic focus areas: To identify new revenue streams based on our existing strengths so we can continue the sustainable transition of the airport,” Woldbye adds.

By means of data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, the future digital platform will provide all new opportunities for mapping and integrating huge amounts of data on traffic handling, flight times, check-in and security. In other words, by means of data, the solution will add significant value by optimising all processes relating to airport operations for the benefit of passengers, airlines and all businesses operating in and around the airport.

Thomas Woldbye points out that the new company will also present opportunities for upgrading the data skills of the employees and for developing new jobs in the aviation industry, which is extremely hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Digitalisation to drive the future

André Rogaczewski, Netcompany’s CEO, sees great perspectives in the partnership with Copenhagen Airport:

“Today, having a strong and flexible digital platform at the heart of any business is vital. In the case of Copenhagen Airports, this platform will not only guarantee stable, safe and transparent operations, but also be instrumental in optimising the airport based on insights into events and data and be key to handling the green transition. Our ambition with Smarter Airports is clear,” says Rogaczewski and adds:

“Based on our respective positions of strength, we aim to build a new Danish export adventure and make the new, innovative digital platform the preferred solution of major airports across the world. Being able today, together with Copenhagen Airport, to present Smarter Airports that will develop the intelligent communication system of the future for state-of-the-art and sustainable airport operations, this is a big day for us,” he says.

Netcompany and CPH are already working full speed to develop the new digital, data-driven core system, but are now transferring these activities to a new joint venture.

“Data is a fundamental part of the solution and will be a valuable tool in building a more sustainable and efficient airport operating on the basis of intelligent data analysis. We’re confident that the successful airport of the future is a data-driven airport,” says Rogaczewski.

Confidence in the future

At Copenhagen Airport, CEO Thomas Woldbye emphasises that it is a forward-looking partnership.

“We believe in a sustainable post-pandemic future for aviation, and the new digital platform will play a crucial role in that future. The partnership with Netcompany enables us to make a technological quantum leap and take the digital lead with a system that can be rolled out across the world. This could give us a competitive edge when passengers return and we’re faced with fierce competition from other European regions and airports in restoring routes and networks,” says Woldbye.

The new joint venture is subject to the approval of relevant competition authorities.

Facts about SMARTER AIRPORTS

  • Up to DKK 200 million will be invested to establishing Smarter Airports.
  • The company is owned 50/50 by the parties.
  • The system is expected to be ready for parallel operation at CPH in late spring 2021 and to be in full operation at CPH by end-2021.
  • The system will subsequently be sold globally as a licence-based model.
  • Regulatory approval is expected by end-2020, following which partner airports will be recruited to participate in the development.

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Brussels Airport obtains Airport Health Accreditation in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO and the protocol issued by EASA/ECDC

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Brussels Airport obtains Airport Health Accreditation in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO and the protocol issued by EASA/ECDC

 

Brussels Airport makes every effort to ensure that the airport’s facilities are hygienic and safe to welcome passengers. The combination of the various health safety measures has indeed allowed us to meet the highest standards, which earned Brussels Airport the Airport Health Accreditation from ACI World (Airport Council International). The Health Accreditation Programme was set up to restore confidence in travellers about the safety of airport facilities and the effectiveness of the precautionary measuresimplemented to prevent any risk to their health.

This accreditation shows that the airport offers a safe airport experience to all passengers, in compliance with the recommendations by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and with the COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety protocol issued by EASA/ECDC (European Union Aviation Safety Agency/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control). In a personal message ACI complimented Brussels Airport for the team efforts: “The physical distancing measures at Brussels Airport, the protection of staff, the cleaning regime, the measures implemented within Food & Beverage as well the communication strategy are all at the top of the industry.” “This accreditation is a recognition of all the COVID measures that have been implemented at Brussels Airport since June.’, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company. ‘It is both gratifying and encouraging to see that the efforts made by our staff and partners are recognised internationally.”

The accreditation is valid for the next 12 months.

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Birmingham Airport announces Birmingham-Belfast City Airport route from 14 September

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Birmingham Airport announces Birmingham-Belfast City Airport route from 14 September

 

  • Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, to open new base at Belfast City Airport
  • Airline to operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham
  • Commenting on the announcement, Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “Belfast City is such a popular route from the Midlands so we are delighted to receive the news that Stobart Air has chosen to expand its network into Birmingham.

Thursday, 23 July 2020 – Birmingham Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from 14 September 2020 it was announced today.

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport.

The airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Birmingham Airport to Belfast City Airport with fares starting from £29.99 one way including taxes.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, operates four routes from Birmingham including Dublin, Cork, Shannon and now Belfast City.

Stobart Air, following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers. New measures include:

 Enhanced aircraft cleaning:

To ensure the wellbeing of our passengers and crew, enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures have been introduced for the aircraft cabin, which are in addition to the existing aircraft cleaning schedule. Each aircraft, including seats, armrests and tray tables will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses for 24 hours.

 On board measures:

Face coverings or masks are mandatory on all flights operated by Stobart Air for customers and cabin crew respectively, with the exception of small children and those who are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons. The face coverings can be in the form of a reusable cloth mask or a disposable mask and it is recommended that these are worn from the time passengers enter the departure airport to the time they leave their destination airport.

Initially, when flights resume, the in-flight service will be suspended to reduce interaction between our crew and passengers. Passengers will be encouraged to remain seated while on board.

 At the airport:

Stobart Air have introduced new boarding and disembarkation procedures to reduce passenger interaction. Passengers will board and disembark the aircraft in small groups and according to seat row numbers. At the boarding gate, customers will scan their own boarding card and show their passport or ID to the staff member, making this process contactless.

 Commenting on the announcement, Stobart Air Managing Director Andy Jolly said:

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Stobart Air has been challenged and we have worked hard over the past number of months to protect our airline and to position us for the future, once restrictions ease and passenger demand increases.

“Working with Belfast City Airport and Birmingham Airport, along with our partners, Aer Lingus we are pleased to establish a base at Belfast City to service flights to Birmingham.

 “High frequency day-return flights from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport will cater for both business and leisure travellers for direct, convenient and cost-effective flights.

We continuously strive to provide our passengers with frequent, convenient and affordable services. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route from Birmingham from 14 September.”

 Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said:

This is really fantastic news for Birmingham Airport and the Midlands region. Belfast City has always been a popular route due to the location of the airport and strength of business and leisure traffic between the two cities. After such a challenging year, we are delighted to receive the news that Stobart Air has chosen to expand its network into Birmingham, and we look forward to welcoming the fights starting in September.”

Flights from Birmingham to Belfast start from £29.99 one way including taxes and are on sale now at www.aerlingus.com.

 

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