Riga International Airport says it has become the first and only airport in the Baltic States to deploy A-CDM (airport collaborative decision making) procedures, which allow for significantly improved service quality and safety for airspace users and passengers.
The introduction of A-CDM, which was a joint effort between air navigation service provider Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS) and Riga Airport, ensures timely exchange of accurate information between the airport operator, aircraft operators, ground handling services, air traffic controllers and other parties involved from flight planning until the aircraft lands on the runway. This allows take-offs to be scheduled with greater precision and reduces waiting times for passengers, especially during peak hours.
As part of the €1.93m (US$2.3m) project, an A-CDM platform has been established at Riga Airport, whereby appropriate computer hardware and software have been installed, communication resources have been purchased for airport services, and other improvements have also been introduced. Software at LGS has also been updated.
“I am very pleased that in collaboration with Riga International Airport at this difficult time for aviation, we have managed to complete a large and important project that creates the preconditions for the future development of the airport and flights out of Riga after the end of the pandemic, as well as for improved service quality for passengers and higher flight safety. I would like to thank all of our partners for their cooperation,” said Dāvids Taurņš, coordinator of the A-CDM project and chairman of the board of LGS.
Laila Odiņa, chair of the board at Riga International Airport, added, “A-CDM is more than just procedures and processes, it is a shift in thinking and working, by integrating the operational services of the airport into the real-time information space and allowing everyone to work as a unified team. Accurate, timely and transparent exchange of information and a common understanding of the situation as a whole allows for sustainable and efficient use of infrastructure and resources, fuel saving for airlines, reduced CO2 emissions and better experiences for travelers.”
The introduction of A-CDM will allow for an increase in the capacity of Riga International Airport when the normal flight regime resumes.