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Dubai International is the world’s busiest airport for international passengers

Dubai International is the world’s busiest airport for international passengers



Quintiq selected for Dubai airports

The Quintiq solution will automate the Dubai International and Dubai World Central’s planning processes to improve overall efficiency

July 2017

Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand and global leader in supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O), has been selected by Dubai Airports to plan and schedule its fixed resources at Dubai International and Dubai World Central.

The Quintiq solution will automate the planning process for airport stands, gates, baggage belts and check-in counters to increase overall efficiency, reliability and passenger satisfaction. The solution went live at Dubai International in April with implementation at Dubai World Central (DWC) to follow soon.

Dubai International is the world’s busiest airport for international passengers. It serves 90 airlines flying to more than 240 destinations across six continents; in 2016, it served 83.7 million passengers. DWC, slated to be the region’s airport of the future, launched cargo operations in 2010 and passenger flights in 2013.

“We aim to deliver a world-class experience to the airlines that use our airports and the passengers that they carry,” said Frank McCrorie, senior vice-president operations at Dubai Airports. “Quintiq will enable us to maximise utilisation of our current fixed resources and prepare for future expansions,” he noted.

Quintiq enables automated planning of all of Dubai International’s fixed resources. From its 260 airport stands to 143 gates, 561 check-in counters to 28 baggage belts, airport planners will have full visibility of resource allocation. They adapt this allocation to fit specific airline preferences and further streamline passenger flow.

Improved passenger flow means that the two airports can now handle increasing traffic without sacrificing passenger experience. A positive experience ensures that passengers and airlines continue to choose the airports for their needs within the region, resulting in increased revenue for the company.

Quintiq enables automated planning of all of Dubai International’s fixed resources

Quintiq enables automated planning of all of Dubai International’s fixed resources

Abdul Razzak Mikati, the managing director at Dubai Airports’ implementation partner, DTP, said Quintiq was the clear choice for the project.

“The cost of investing in new infrastructure can be prohibitively high. The customer needed a future-ready, industry-proven solution to efficiently manage the capacity of its current airport resources. With Quintiq, the need for manual planning has been eliminated, resulting in enhanced flexibility and agility of operations,” he added.

The Quintiq solution, he stated, was also able to handle calculations for 40 flights per second and take advantage of information from multiple sources to improve its automation process.

“These capabilities are crucial as Dubai International saw a 7.4 per cent increase in traffic in the first quarter of the year, while passenger traffic went up 29.5 per cent at DWC in the same period. These upward trends are expected to continue.

Maarten Hendriks, the business unit director of transportation at Quintiq: “This planning puzzle gives us the opportunity to showcase Quintiq’s capabilities in the aviation sector. With 1,100 flights each day, optimal efficiency is crucial in maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Quintiq’s automated planning capabilities will drive the customer’s commitment to guaranteeing a world-class passenger experience.”

Quintiq CEO Rob van Egmond said Dubai Airports’ trust in the company was a testament to its excellent track record in aviation.

“We will support it in maintaining its industry-leading standards and we are confident that this partnership will be the first of many in this region,” he added.




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