In October 2016, SJSC "Latvijas gaisa satiksme" (LGS) and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) signed an agreement on the allocation of co-financing for the project A-CDM RIGA: implementation of the Airport Collaborative Implementation of Decision Making or A-CDM at Riga International Airport. The project was implemented by attracting co-financing from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The aim of the project was to increase the capacity of the Airport and improve the processes of coordinated action between all parties involved in flight handling. The procedure ensures timely exchange of accurate information between airport users aircraft operators, groundhandling companies, air traffic controllers and others involved from flight planning to the moment the aircraft lands on the runway. It allows more accurate planning of aircraft take-off time and reduces passenger waiting time, reduces resource and fuel consumption costs associated with waiting time before take-off and preparing aircraft for flight. It also reduces environmental pollution and noise.
By implementing the large-scale project, using operational procedures and a set of automated processes, A-CDM platform has been created at Riga Airport: appropriate computer equipment and software have been installed, communication means have been purchased for the airport services, and other improvements have been made. LGS has upgraded and integrated the relevant air traffic control equipment into the common platform.
In 2021, after the successful implementation of the project, LGS and Riga Airport received a certificate from the European Aeronautical Safety Organization (Eurocontrol), confirming the successful development and implementation of A-CDM procedures.
The project will result in significantly improved service quality and safety for both airspace users and passengers:
- more accurate planning of aircraft take-off times, reducing waiting time both at the terminal and on the runway, especially during the peak hours;
- reduced resource and fuel consumption costs for airlines related to waiting time before take-off and preparing aircraft for flight;
- reduced environmental pollution (noise, CO2 and Nox).
Riga Airport was the first airport in the Baltics to receive a Eurocontrol certificate for the successful implementation of A-CDM procedures.
SJSC "Latvijas gaisa satiksme" is a state joint stock company that provides aeronautical services to all airspace users in the Riga Flight Information District.
About Riga Airport
Riga Airport is a fast-growing Northern European air traffic hub, connecting the Baltic countries with European business centres and popular holiday destinations.
CINEA is responsible for the implementation of the CEF – it is the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, which develops highly efficient, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services, as well as promotes synergy of actions.
The project is co-financed with the support of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).