Aerocivil, IATA and Airbus ProSky partner to optimise Colombian airspace

24 June 2015

With more than 27 million passengers annually, El Dorado International Airport is one of the world's 50 busiest airports. In order to increase efficiency at and around the airport, Aerocivil is investing in airspace and ground optimization that will allow the Colombian airspace to be prepared for tomorrow's demands.

Aerocivil stated, "Bogota International Airport, as one of the major hubs of Latin America for passengers and cargo traffic, is facing a tremendous growth. We are confident that our work with IATA and Airbus ProSky will prepare an efficient and sustainable airspace that will meet future air traffic demands over the coming years while we are expecting the implementation of the new airport."

"IATA is proud to be part of a successful partnership to enhance and modernize El Dorado International Airport. IATA is always looking for opportunities where combining our expertise we can improve air travel for customers and airlines," Peter Cerda, IATA's Regional Vice President for The Americas said.

IATA contracted Airbus ProSky to redesign the airspace of Bogota International airport, aligned with international best practices and ICAO regulations. In addition to its proven and recognized expertise in Performance Based Navigation (PBN) airspaces implementation, Airbus ProSky will utilize fast time and real time simulation tools such as its cutting-edge Shared Virtual Sky (SVS) platform that were first developed for SESAR JU demonstration projects.

The key to success will be to deliver a new concept of operations and provide operational training before the new airspace goes live. Coupled with its partnership with Aerocivil for the implementation of an Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) advanced solution, this implementation makes Airbus ProSky the prime partner for large airspace optimization programs.

Aerocivil and Airbus ProSky had previously worked together to optimize the airspace demand and capacity balancing within Colombia through its ATFM system. This solution, combined with airspace redesign and ground optimization, will allow the country to increase efficiency and better meet capacity demands while the airlines' fleets are significantly growing in Colombia.

Key to the project's success is Airbus ProSky's ability to work with all stakeholders in order to design and implement the new airspace. Airbus ProSky will rely on a close collaboration with the several Aerocivil departments as well as engage with the civilian and military airspace users.

"We're pleased to continue our work with Aerocivil through our partnership with IATA. Our ATFM solution was the first step in increasing efficiency and capacity," said Airbus ProSky CEO Airbus ProSky Paul-Franck Bijou. "Now with the airspace redesign and ground optimization the country will be better prepared to handle passengers at Latin America's fifth busiest airport. We're confident that all stakeholders will be pleased with the outcome."

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