Review of apron infrastructure and operations
New Zealand Airport
To face this challenge, AIA launched several strategic initiatives aiming to improve the situation. One of these initiatives, commissioned to airsight, was to conduct a comprehensive review of AIA apron infrastructure and operations.
Within the review of the apron infrastructure, airsight airport planners took a fresh look at the apron assets. They proposed several innovative solutions based on best-practices, for instance to create additional available areas for ground handling activities and servicing equipment, to simplify push-back procedures and to decongest taxi operations, to improve compliance with requirements or to provide pilots better situational awareness with optimised markings and signage.
The review of the operations aimed to identify potential opportunities to improve both the safety (including airside discipline) and efficiency of operations. Based on airsight's expertise and more than 20 interviews with key-stakeholders, numerous recommendations were proposed on various topics such as safety management systems, slot and stand allocation, apron management services and ground handling operations.
These numerous recommendations ranged in size from simple, low cost solutions that would be tangible in the short-term, up to more significant infrastructure solutions that would be tangible in the medium term.