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How does airport management work?

The stay at an airport can be an experience, the excitement at the beginning of a vacation or a business trip will have positive or negative consequences, depending on the case. 

However, behind what we can see, countless processes play a fundamental role in the functioning of an airport.

We see that airports today operate autonomously, thanks to new technologies such as the use of Big Data, IA, and automated software are essential for development today. 

Now, it should be noted that the airport is autonomous, there is no external interference in decisions. That is why airlines work directly with it.

When there is a new alliance with an airline, all aspects are worked under a contract, making clear the terms and conditions between the airport and the airline.

If there is a case in which an airline has accumulated a large debt with the airport, the agreements and, the stipulations of the contract previously made are studied. 

If no agreement is reached between both parties, a higher authority or institution may be notified, to terminate the concession or reach a mutual agreement. 

On the way to automation

Nowadays, large airports manage their administration automatically, the processes of passenger control and check-in, boarding, and much more.

These are handled with specialized software that minimizes the burden and human error, helping to optimize time and support human capital. 

That is why GP Nauticals provides specialized software for each of the parts that make up the administration of an airport.

AERO AIMS is capable of managing aeronautical and non-aeronautical operations such as tax calculation, or centralized digital records and contracts for concessions and stores. 

AERO AIMS is ideal for collecting and processing data from airport operations, as well as effectively managing analytics to minimize errors and highlight the airport’s performance. 

This software can be integrated with other SUITE products such as PAY AIMS, which provides you with payment and airport check-in management options. 

 

If you want to know more about GP Nauticals SUITE, continue reading our blog

 

Technology and Big Data improve the experience at airports around the world

These are times of great changes and with them, we have to adapt and do things differently. However, I would dare to say that the airport sector has rethought from many angles the way it had been operating and providing its services. Now we can find “super modern” airports where the priority is to provide a positive travel experience by making passenger traffic more efficient, but how did they achieve this?

The development of specific technology for the industry, and big data have been a fundamental key to having more efficient airport management. Since the analysis of this data allows them to predict and measure the movement of passengers, determine schedules, routes, and travelers’ crowds to manage resources more optimally.

Airport technology trends aimed at improving the experience and satisfaction of travelers are leveraged on mobile devices supported by the cloud, which allows modernizing the operational and logistical environment of airport facilities.

A good example of this type of technology is Seeking, implemented in Barajas T4 and El Prat T1. Which allows the airport to know how passengers move around its facilities, even if they visit the Duty-Free and VIP lounges if they connect to the airport WI-FI and even send relevant information. In this way, they provide an anonymous digital identity and track each of their actions, being able to analyze the behavior of their passengers and detect new business niches.

The operational evolution of airports with the analysis of this data in real-time allows greater planning in terms of infrastructure management, which translates into greater convenience for the traveler. 

If a flight arrives at the airport and has a later connection, it could be more easily planned to provide a nearby gate to avoid travelers from transit long distances. Thus shortening the waiting time of the plane on the ground optimizing the service and providing a better user experience and this can only be achieved with data collection and analysis.

Currently and as mentioned above, much-specialized software is being developed for the aviation industry, as is the case of GP Nauticals Suite, which focuses mainly on optimizing airport management and facilitating the collection and analysis of information in each of its areas and with minimal investment. 

If you want to learn more about GP Nauticals and see all the products available, you can do so by visiting their website or contacting a specialist in the area.

The future of passenger traffic

The operation and development of an airport are paramount to avoid delays and inconveniences in air traffic. The communication between airlines and airports must be effective to minimize mishaps. 

The participation of both plays a fundamental role to respect the regulations stipulated for air transportation. And keep the management and transit of passengers as impeccable as possible. 

Behind good management and development, there is an infinite amount of paperwork, permits, invoices, contracts, and transactions that the passenger does not perceive.

Goodbye to paper

Nowadays, almost all processes are automated. However, some processes are always left aside, and are fundamental for payment management processes.  

Have you ever wondered how many people pass through an airport daily or perhaps how many flights take place worldwide? Keeping track manually is not entirely feasible due to the number of boarding passes or paperwork you see daily.

At GP Nauticals AIMS SUITE we have created PAX AIMS, the passenger control system that will allow both the airport and the airlines to have accurate control of the number of people transiting through the airport. 

In addition, to carry out a database that allows both the airport and the airline to be able to audit effectively and make the invoices for the collection of fees and services, in less time and automatically. Without the need to make a paper count with paper and then filter the information. 

Finally, time is reduced, there is better control of passenger data, and invoices are issued in an optimized way. 

How do PAX AIMS work?

PAX AIMS technology is software that is implemented through an optical reader device, mobile or fixed that must have an internet connection. This gives you the facility to adapt at various points of the airport to keep track of passengers entering the airport.

This device is subject to the IATA protocol, where you can make use of a barcode or QR code to scan the boarding pass and obtain accurate data. 

For the passenger, there will be no extra control. For the airport and airlines, it will be easier to keep track of incoming passengers. 

Once the scan is done, that information goes directly to the airline and the airport to avoid cumbersome processes. 

It should be noted that with PAX AIMS when the service is implemented, there is a training manual for customers. In this way, there is no need for an external provider. Everything is done quickly and easily. 

Want to know more about PAX AIMS? Visit the products section and see what we have to offer.

Automated airport management

Understanding innovation is not an easy task, the transformation from manual to digital can be complicated, just because it is unfamiliar. 

However, many dare to leap automation, because it is simpler and minimizes human errors. In addition, once integrated into your daily routine, you see everything more clearly, something that has undoubtedly happened to all of us. 

In the case of the aviation sector, technological innovations are at the mercy of the day-to-day. Airports compete to provide the best service and create commercial alliances to stand out from the others. 

At the same time, airlines are increasingly concerned about providing better service to passengers.

But what’s behind it for airports and airlines? The administrative factor plays a fundamental role in the transit and development of the smooth operation of airports and airlines. 

That is why overlooking an error can generate great economic losses, distrust in commercial alliances, delays, and poor performance. 

Because of the above, the aviation sector is starting to look for new tools to minimize errors and optimize time, all simply and effectively. 

The beginning is not always easy

We have already talked about GP Nauticals and mentioned some of the products that SUITE AIMS. Despite the conditions we have had to go through for two years, the implementation of our AERO and PAY AIMS products has not stopped. 

In the beginning, facing a change from manual to automatic was not easy. The administrative conditions for airports and airlines have their own needs and the work methodology is not always the same, each one has its conditions. 

However, through our AIMS SUITE, we were able to integrate automated software, respecting the needs of each client. What was difficult at the beginning, later became a star product. 

The collection of payments, fees, overflights, and more, went from being a paper to becoming a digital payment management system. 

At first, it started as a mobile app, and then, thanks to the success and commercial alliances with airlines and airports, it became a solid web administrator, with data validation and a way to optimize check-in times. 

Each of our products works independently to address a specific need. However, several AIMS SUITE products can be integrated to manage and create a robust airport management system.

Each of these products requires training and ultimately integration, which is easy to manage and adapt. Our products don’t require an external provider, everything is integrated to avoid delays and mishaps. 

Want to know more about GP Nauticals? Visit our products section and contact us. 

Energia Family, the new family of ecological airplanes

The Brazilian aeronautical manufacturer Embraer in association with certain institutes and companies in the industry. Presented a new project based on a family of concept aircraft to help the industry achieve its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

“Energia Family” is made up of four concept aircraft of different sizes and with different propulsion technologies:

Electric energy: it proposes zero CO2 emissions.

Hydrogen fuel cell: it proposes zero CO2 emissions.

Dual fuel gas turbine: proposes up to 100% reduction in CO2 emissions

Hybrid-electric: proposes up to 90% reduction in CO2 emissions.

“Our role is to develop innovative technologies to help the industry achieve its sustainability goals … That is why our Energía family is such an important platform,” said Luis Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Technology, and Corporate Strategy at Embraer.

Energia Family is still in the design phase. However, Embraer has already made progress in reducing emissions from its aircraft by testing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and its goal is to make all Embraer aircraft compatible. with the SAF by 2030.

 

Learn more at Aviación al Día.

 

Airbus A321Neo increased sustainability and efficiency

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has put a rental model to the test that has paid off. Since several airlines put their A321Neo aircraft to the test they have made the purchase decision to renew their fleet. At this time it is sighted a definitive reactivation of air transport.

The A321Neo model that has 232 seats, has 60% more space in the luggage compartments, has also improved lighting and seats, but most importantly, this aircraft offers a 20% reduction in fuel consumption as it is lighter and this is reflected in a greater range and a decrease in fuel consumption.

This is the main reason why airlines such as Jet2.com and Delta have closed negotiations with the European manufacturer for the renewal of its fleet, acquiring 36 and 30 aircraft respectively. This aircraft, which has a market price of 129 million dollars and 2 tons of extra cargo, represents huge profits for the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which by the end of 2021 exceeds 7,400 orders for aircraft belonging to the A320Neo family from more than 120 airlines worldwide.

The new series of aircraft owes its surname to the “New Engine Option” concept, which refers to engines that are 17% more efficient with the use of lighter, stronger, and more durable materials. On the other hand, this new fleet of Airplanes also represents benefits, since it has Slim Seats that are thinner and offer up to 5 cm extra for the legs, all seats are reclining and have a USB port. They also have a new cabin configuration called “Cabin-flex” that provides greater comfort for passengers.

 

Singapore Airlines offers in-flight online shopping

Technology takes over the sky, and Singapore Airlines will offer online shopping when you go onboard a flight. 

Singapore Airlines will become the first airline to offer this service. Passengers will be able to make purchases through KrisShop, the airline’s shopping portal that offers more than 4,000 online products that can be delivered to your doorstep. 

Among the range of categories offered by the airline are: beauty items such as fragrances and cosmetics, exclusive Singapore Airlines products, and electronics. 

At the same time, orders delivered to passengers on their next Singapore Airlines flight can enjoy duty-free prices. Users can also opt for delivery services directly to their homes. 

A star technology…

“E-commerce is the future of shopping, and the integration of this feature into our in-flight entertainment system is another industry first for SIA.” Comments Yeoh Phee Teik, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience.

SIA and KrisShop’s relationship in conjunction with Thales, Panasonic Avionics, and AirFree, work to deliver this electronic experience in the air, with an air-to-ground connectivity system.

Which connects KrisShop to the aircraft’s IFE system for in-stock product updates and credit card authorization. 

At the moment, the in-flight shopping service is available for a few A350 aircraft. However, it will gradually be expanded to the entire Singapore Airlines fleet. 

Source: Hosteltur.

Ultra Air, the new low-cost option for Colombian travelers

The Colombian civil aeronautics has given its approval for the launch of an ultra-low-cost airline with multiple destinations. That will offer a new alternative to recurring passengers and attracting a large part of the population that previously could not access services.

The first reason why Ultra Air is considered an Ultra Low-Cost airline is because of the aircraft they will use, and the airline has closed negotiations with Airbus to incorporate 40 A320ceo and A320neo aircraft into the fleet, which stands out for having 20% ​​in saving fuel and CO2 emissions, which in itself lowers operating costs.

To this is added the fact that passengers will pay depending on the load they carry and the services they require from the airline. That is, the cost of the ticket will be the same for everyone and includes a bag or backpack and will be paid for extra luggage or additional suitcase. In addition, the possibility of choosing your chair, space, among other services.

According to statements from the airline, it is estimated that in the first five years 40 aircraft will be incorporated into the fleet and that approximately 36,000 direct and indirect jobs may be generated. It is also expected that with the entry of this new airline into the market, airfares will decrease by 20%, which would translate into growth in the tourism sector in the coming years.

Ultra Air has advanced by leaps and bounds, and it is expected that soon there will be orange planes flying through the skies and operating not only commercial flights but also cargo and mail.

For now the Ultra Air airline is expected to cover the routes between the most important cities in Colombia and some international ones such as Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curaçao, and the United States.

Are you ready to travel to Ultra Low Cost?