Dublin Airport promised faster taxiing and fewer gates changes with new European technology

  • New system promises fewer late gate changes and faster taxi times
  • The A-CDM system is already used in 28 airports, including Heathrow, Madrid, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Paris Charles De Gaulle/Orly
  • Dublin is first Irish airport to get the system


Dublin Airport and the Irish Aviation Authority are bringing in European technology to improve the flow of air traffic at the airport and reduce delays.

Both will now incorporate what is known as Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) into the management of daily flight operations.

A-CDM is under the guidance of Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation. A-CDM focuses on aircraft turnaround times and pre-departure sequencing processes to boost air traffic flow and operational efficiency of all airport operators by reducing delays and increasing the predictability of events.

Paul McCann, General Manager, Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison launch A-CDM at Dublin Airport.

Paul McCann, General Manager, Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison launch A-CDM

The implementation of A-CDM aims to increase capacity at participating airports and the capacity of European airspace by offering improved real-time information sharing between airport operators, aircraft operators, ground handlers and air traffic control. It means fewer late gate changes and faster taxi times, which benefit airlines, passengers, the airport and the overall European aviation network.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “We are fully committed to this initiative which will improve aircraft arrival, departure and turnaround times leading to greater efficiencies, and ultimately, improving the overall passenger experience.“

Paul McCann, General Manager, Irish Aviation Authority Terminal Services, said A-CDM would contribute to the reduction of aircraft ground congestion at peak times and should also reduce delays, “by cooperating together on this project daa and the IAA are supporting, not just Dublin Airport, but the European air traffic network in general.”

A-CDM will make it easier for airports, aircraft operators, ground handlers, the IAA and Eurocontrol to know exactly where an aircraft is through every step of the departing flight process.

“Importantly, A-CDM will help reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions from aircraft and vehicles operating on the airfield. Dublin Airport is mandated to implement A-CDM by January 1, 2021 and we are delighted to have the initiative in train about two years ahead of schedule,” Mr Harrison said.

A-CDM has already been implemented at 28 European airports accounting for 37pc of departures.

Dublin Airport and the IAA will now enter into a six-month data verification exercise with the European network manager, with the aim of becoming a fully certified A-CDM airport by this summer. Dublin Airport secured €356,000 in European funding for the programme under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport.

More information is available on https://www.dublinairport.com/regulation-and-planning/regulatory/airport-cdm





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