13 Aug 2010

New 20/20 Airport Management solutions for Christchurch International Airport

13 August 2010: Gentrack, a leading provider of airport management solutions, announced today that following the upgrade of its latest Airport 20/20 Operational Database (AODB) and Flight Information Display (FIDS) earlier this year, a new Resource Management (RMS) system has now been successfully commissioned at Christchurch International Airport (CIAL).

CIAL, the Southern Hemisphere’s first carbon neutral airport, is undergoing major redevelopment of its terminal facilities in preparation for increased passenger movements during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. As part of its plans for improving services offered to passengers, CIAL decided to upgrade its existing technology platform, moving to the latest versions of the 20/20 AODB and FIDS systems along with a move to virtualized infrastructure. These updated systems give CIAL increased efficiency and flexibility it required to leverage other new technologies, including high definition screens to display multimedia content throughout the terminal building – technology that is fully supported by the 20/20 FIDS solution.

Another key development is the extension of CIAL’s 20/20 solutions to include the latest RMS capabilities for stand and gate planning – a solution that has been well received by airport staff according to Airport 20/20 Business Consultant Hayden Davies. “Staff at Christchurch International Airport will be dealing with a lot of ad-hoc resource configuration and availability changes in the next 18 months while terminal renovations are completed. The 20/20 RMS is a decision support system that will help operators to deal with disruptions quickly and efficiently, ensuring the airport continues to operate smoothly.”

The 20/20 RMS provides increased visibility of how an airport’s resources are used, with the ability to track the location of aircraft as they move around the airport. This enables the airport to maximize the use of gates and stands and improve revenue streams through more accurate billing of the airport’s resources.

CIAL has had a busy year, with record passenger numbers reaching over 6 million in the 12 months to June 2010. The airport also won the New Zealand Airport of the Year Award in 2009. More at www.christchurchairport.co.nz.

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