The Finnish airport operator, Finavia, has begun modernising its operations with Amadeus’ cloud-based Airport Operational Database (AODB) at Helsinki Airport as well as 19 other regional hubs across Finland. The agreement also sees Finavia become one of the first airport companies to run its AODB from the cloud, with a multi-airport approach that manages operational changes across Finavia’s airports.

“Rolling out this new capability across Finavia’s airports will significantly improve our operational efficiency, helping us to better collaborate with our airline partners to improve on-time performance for passengers,” said Leyla Akgez-Laakso, CIO, Finavia.

The collaboration will see data-driven coordination of operations across all Finavia’s airports to enhance relationships with airline partners. Airports are incredibly complex operational environments. Refuelling trucks, buses, stands, gates and ground handling teams must all be intelligently allocated based on the unique characteristics of each aircraft, its arrival time and the onward connections of arriving passengers. With a cloud approach the AODB can be accessed from any device using a fixed, WiFi or mobile connection so ground handlers working airside can access up-to-the-moment information as and when its needed. Finavia’s management can access the real-time view of the groups complete operations from any device with an internet connections, while IT teams benefit from reduced maintenance and less on-site hardware.

The AODB is integral to contributing to good operational performance, on-time departures, and the efficient use of resources. Finavia’s airports will implement Amadeus’ single cloud-based solution that’s tightly integrated with airline systems to gain optimised airport operations. The airport operator will benefit from automated real-time updates to flight information as soon as airlines initiate changes meaning high accuracy levels. This will help airport stakeholders to better allocate resources and respond to the needs of airlines and passengers.

Yannick Beunardeau, VP Airport IT and Airline Operations EMEA, Amadeus added: ” Amadeus already manages data for about 95% of the airlines that operate at Finavia airports, so we’re in a unique position to provide Finavia and its stakeholders with access to accurate, real-time data about flight plans and passenger connections. This deployment is a great example of an ambitious airport company looking to digitally transform and deliver closer collaboration with its airline partners.”

Finavia’s transformation is already underway with the switch to Amadeus AODB planned to occur in a phased approach across all 20 airports in the coming year.

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