Flights circling above the airport, long immigration queues and endless waiting for your luggage at the baggage carousal; fliers from Mumbai will not have to endure these inconveniences thanks to a new software that is being developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
A homegrown version of the software called the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM), widely popular in Europe, is 90% ready. “There is very little work left on the system and we are expecting to start the trials by May-end,” said Jayant Dasgupta, general manager, air traffic control, Mumbai.
The system is likely cut down delays and congestion inside terminals because it will enable all airport departments to track every take off and touchdown on a computer in real time.
For instance, if a jumbo aircraft arrives in the city, the system will automatically activate conveyors to carry a large quantity of baggage and other departments such as immigration and Customs will deploy more staffers so that fliers do not face long queues.
At the same time, the airfield staff will allot a parking bay of the plane’s size so that it does not waste fuel on taxiing.
“The system would also improve aircraft turn-around time which means both arrivals and departures would be streamlined like never before,” said an airport official.
The project would be first implemented at metro airports such as Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore with trails set to begin first at Mumbai and Delhi.
“Such a system is most effective at busy airports. It could be aped at smaller airports when they witness higher traffic,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official requesting anonymity.
But airports officials added that the success of such a system largely depends on participation from all agencies. “Even at airports such as Brussels where ACDM has been a runaway success, the only hurdle has been adherence by all departments,” added an airport official.