Airport operator Finavia has adopted a new Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) procedure that is designed to reduce delays, improve the use of resources, and boost cost-efficiency at Helsinki Vantaa Airport. The model adopted at Helsinki Airport on October 2 is based on Eurocontrol’s CDM programme and is designed to improve communications between the various operators at the airport and provides closer cooperation between landing and take-off. Finavia says the procedure will have a positive effect on the operations of air carriers, the airport in general, air traffic control, ground handling companies and parking planning. CDM produces more precise and up-to-date information to support decision-making concerning aircraft take-off and landings, which improves the predictability of air traffic.
Timo Suorto, Finavia’s CDM Project Manager said, “Increased predictability allows various operators to plan their operations better, which improves efficiency and brings savings. The combined effort of numerous players is needed to ensure smooth and efficient transit through the airport. The better the coordination between the operators, the higher the quality and efficiency of the service at the airport.”
Finavia says that travellers may notice the new procedure when their aircraft leaves the gate. Until now, the plane may have waited for its turn while taxiing, but CDM now allows it to wait at the gate with engines down. After receiving permission, the aircraft starts the engines, taxis to the runway and takes off. This will cause no additional delays to the passengers, nor add to their costs. The shorter taxiing and decreased idling time will also cut the fuel consumption of the air carriers and reduce emissions. After the adoption of the CDM procedure, Helsinki’s CDM system will be integrated within the European air traffic management system in November 2012. This will allow the more precise information about aircrafts’ take-off preparations to be shared with Eurocontrol’s Network Manager. This, in turn, will enable more efficient utilisation of European airspace.
Finavia is the first airport operator in Northern Europe to introduce a live CDM operation.