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Lyon-Saint Exupéry becomes France’s first regional A-CDM airport

Lyon first regional A-CDM Airport

From left: Éric Bruneau, Director of Operations at DSNA, Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager at EUROCONTROL and Tanguy Bertolus, CEO of Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.

Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager at EUROCONTROL, presented to Éric Bruneau, Director of Operations at DSNA, and to Tanguy Bertolus, CEO of Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, a certificate awarding the A-CDM airport label to Lyon airport.

Lyon, France: Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager at EUROCONTROL, presented to Éric Bruneau, Director of Operations at DSNA, and to Tanguy Bertolus, CEO of Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, a certificate awarding the A-CDM airport label to Lyon airport, in the presence of all key operational actors.

The Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) concept developed by EUROCONTROL for the major European airports makes it possible for all airport partners (air navigation services, airlines, ground handling companies and the airport operator) to take the most effective operational decisions in a collaborative way in order to optimise operations at the airport. This initiative is based on a shared picture of the situation in real time.

As a result, the Lyon approach control centre can manage the departing traffic in synchronisation with the pre-sequencing calculated by Lyon airport’s local departure management system in conjunction with the airlines and ground handlers. This optimised coordination allows better use of runway capacity by both inbound and departing flights, in complete safety, taking full account of local constraints. Furthermore, the traffic loads across the sectors managed by the en-route control centres are more predictable, which is of benefit to the whole European network managed by EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager.

This project, launched by the DSNA and Aéroports de Lyon in 2011 in conjunction with EUROCONTROL, is at an important stage in the modernisation of equipment at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. With this label, a first for a regional airport in France, customers and users at this airport can enjoy an efficient and safe service, even in difficult situations (poor weather conditions, technical malfunctions, etc.).

Éric Bruneau, Director of Operations at DSNA, made the following statement: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in bringing to a successful conclusion this ambitious project, which is based on the sophisticated sharing of operational information in real time. With CDM, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport offers an even greater degree of safety, which is necessary given the growth in traffic there. There will be a predicted 10% improvement in the punctuality of departing flights and reduced taxiing times, generating savings of almost 800 tons of fuel per year.”

In the words of Tanguy Bertolus, CEO of Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport: “Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport has embraced a strong growth dynamic. To ensure that this development is sustainable, Aéroports de Lyon has chosen to implement and optimise arrangements in phase with the requirements of the airlines and government administrations and to continue to minimise its environmental footprint. This project is the result of seven years of work with the airlines and the air navigation services for aerodromes and approach control at the Lyon’s airport. It is proof of our ability to work together." 

We are very pleased to celebrate Lyon airport becoming the 26th fully implemented Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) airport in Europe”, noted Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager at EUROCONTROL. “A-CDM improves the overall efficiency of airport operations by optimising the use of resources and improving the predictability of events. This improved predictability is an enabler for a safer and more efficient European air traffic management network. The 26 airports currently implemented represent 34% of total departures in the European ATM network. By the end of 2019, we expect this figure to increase to over 45%,” concluded Joe Sultana. 

For further information please contact:

DGAC Communication
François Richard-Bole
Tel. +33 627 022 538

EUROCONTROL Communication
Press Office
Tel. +32 2 729 50 95

Aéroports de Lyon Relations presse
Isabelle Rousset
Tel +33 664 183 138

Note to editors

About the DSNA - The French Air Navigation Service Provider, Direction des services de la navigation aérienne (DSNA), is one of the directorates of the Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) [Directorate General of Civil Aviation]. Its missions are to ensure, day and night, throughout the year, the safe, smooth and rapid flow of civil air traffic, while respecting the environment, containing costs and providing the associated communication, navigation and surveillance services. With 3.1 million flights controlled in 2017, the DSNA is the number one air navigation operator in Europe. The French air navigation services control on average 8,600 flights a year. Key figures: 5 en-route control centres, 78 control towers, including 6 overseas, and a staff of 7,500.

About ADL - Aéroports de Lyon, a private company since 2007, manages Lyon–Saint Exupéry, France's second regional airport for commercial aviation and Lyon-Bron, France's third airport for business aviation. Lyon-Saint Exupéry welcomed 10.3 million passengers in 2017. The airport offers 120 direct destinations, 40 of which are new connections launched in the space of two years, as well as quick and easy access to the main European and international hubs. Lyon-Saint Exupéry is totally interconnected, with excellent accessibility to the heart of the motorway network, its TGV railway station and the Rhonexpress tram-train connection to the centre of Lyons. Lyon-Saint Exupéry has all the advantages it needs to continue its growth for the benefit of the region: an ambitious investment plan to improve air connectivity and the customer experience, a policy of innovation in respect of the local ecosystem, a recognised standard of services and contained environmental impact (with a 3+ Airport Carbon Accreditation). On 9.11.16 the French State finalised the acquisition by the VINCI Airports – Caisse des Dépôts – Crédit Agricole Assurances consortium of 60% of the shares it held in Aéroports de Lyon, the company holding the concession for Lyon-Saint Exupéry and Lyon-Bron airports until 31.12.47.

About EUROCONTROL - EUROCONTROL has as its primary objective the development of a seamless, pan-European air traffic management system which fully copes with the growth in air traffic, while maintaining a high level of safety, reducing costs and respecting the environment. EUROCONTROL has 41 European Member States and comprehensive agreements with the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel.