Berlin Brandenburg Airport Leads with Artificial Intelligence: Revolutionizing Aircraft Handling – Travel And Tour World

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH stands out as one of the global pioneers and the first in Germany to implement a sophisticated and cutting-edge system aimed at enhancing apron management processes at BER airport. The Digital Turnaround system, integrating live camera feeds and an AI-driven software capable of learning, offers real-time analysis of aircraft handling. In instances of delays or discrepancies, it provides actionable insights to the Airport Control Centre (ACC), enabling timely adjustments and more efficient aircraft management. This advancement promises to improve punctuality and operational efficiency at BER, thereby ensuring a smoother flight schedule and enhanced reliability.

Aletta von Massenbach, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “We are delighted to be the first airport in Germany to put this innovative, AI-based software into operation today. Digitalisation is not an end in itself, but should create added value. With Digital Turnaround, we as an airport are contributing to the more efficient use of the infrastructure, more stable handling by process partners, therefore also improving the travel experience for passengers. The software solution also uses AI to help our employees maintain an overview of the parallel, diverse, time-critical processes and make the right decisions.” 

Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport:

“We need artificial intelligence in aviation to remain competitive at international level. This is the only way we can react to staff shortages in a targeted manner, optimise the use of limited infrastructure and, in doing so, reduce costs in the long term. I am delighted that the capital airport is one of the pioneers in this area and one of the first in the world to use AI for aircraft handling. Digital technologies are key to dealing with the growth in air traffic and enabling smooth handling in the future, even at peak times.”

In its initial stage, the system has been deployed at 16 handling stations near the terminal, equipped with cameras and integrated into the network. An additional 33 stations are scheduled to join over the summer, utilizing TurnaroundControl software developed by Assaia.

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