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Airport Operations Plan

The Airport Operations Plan (AOP) is a single, shared rolling plan for an individual airport, which is created collaboratively and made available to all airport stakeholders. The AOP is the next logical step for A-CDM-compliant airports that want to predict arrival and departure demand and capacity as early as possible to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.

An AOP is created months in advance using information such as flight schedules and special events. Over time, the plan is refined using updated information on traffic demand, weather forecasts, and runway configurations to enhance the quality of predictions for demand and capacity. The AOP is controlled and monitored in the Airport Operations Centre (APOC).

The initial AOP (iAOP) deployment, including Target Times of Arrival (TTAs), will be mandatory from the beginning of 2024 for 18 major European airports. From 2028, some 28 major European airports will be required to deploy the extended AOP, including deeper integration of airside and landside. Although not mandatory outside Europe, all airports can benefit from an AOP, which can deliver significant increases in flight predictability, fewer delays and optimized resource utilisation.

Frequentis Orthogon’s Demand Capacity Balancer (DCB) delivers all the required capabilities for implementing the iAOP and calculating TTAs. The DCB roadmap includes integration with the landside — required by the extended AOP — is a natural next step.

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