There is no doubting that the aviation sector has been left shaken and scarred by the pandemic.
Nobody saw it coming, nobody could have forecast how devastating it would be, and nobody yet knows the full extent of its impact. Having gone through such a profound and unprecedented experience, it is understandable that the impact would be felt at an individual and collective level.
But as we continue to absorb its effects, we are now faced with the promising prospect of bouncing back. IATA, in its 20-year Air Passenger Forecast, predicts the global passenger levels seen in 2019 will return by 2023 based on the trajectory of the current recovery. Furthermore, it suggests that growth could “plausibly be in the range of 1.5% and 3.6% over the next 20 years”.
The confident lustre of these figures might be slightly tarnished by the damaging experiences of the past 18 months, but it is important to remember that they form part of a wider economic rebound. The World Bank, for example, says that in 2021 the global economy will stage its most robust post-recession recovery in 80 years.
As this recovery gains momentum, strategic planning will be essential to ensure that organizations adapt and position themselves for growth in a post-COVID world. Because in aviation, as in other sectors, flexibility, agility and resilience will continue to be highly valued attributes as we navigate periods of turbulence on the path towards smoother skies.
For ground handlers, airport operators and airlines, this places huge importance on the deployment of the right technologies and systems, and at A-ICE, we are poised to accelerate our support for international aviation partners through high-value IT solutions for mission-critical systems.
Our technology is built with integration in mind, providing customers with a fast-track route to introduce the functionality they need without major systems re-engineering. Modules include:
- A-BRS Baggage reconciliation system, including new Android mobile version
- A-HDB Aircraft handling database
- A-CAB Contract and billing
- A-DCS Departure control system
- A-WBS Weight and balance
The A-ICE team will be demonstrating and discussing these products at the 22nd Annual GHI Conference in Copenhagen on 13-15 September 2021. We are delighted to be supporting this event and believe, as we come out of the depths of the pandemic, that it provides a valuable opportunity to meet again with colleagues across the aviation sector and bring impetus to a sustained recovery for the years ahead.
If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your technology challenges and how our systems can make it simple for you, please get in touch.