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.).