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August/September 2018 airportbusiness 45 AIRFIELD OPERATIONS such as those using small Excel tools. Collecting and sharing information in this way proved to be a very time-consuming task. As part of its strategic vision for a fully-integrated IT system for its operation, Stuttgart Airport wanted to embed the ramp operation/ground handling part of its operation into the solution, which subsequently formed the basis for the holistic system now benefitting the airport. Along with the ramp operations, by also managing the airport’s infrastructure, the integrated solution served to optimize Stuttgart Airport’s allocation of stands, gates and check-in counters; control of doors inside the terminal for separating domestic and international customers and passenger flows; and management of interfaces to the FIDS. The Project Team, Process and System The airport brought together an interdisciplinary team consisting of members of the operation, as well as those from its IT department. Inform assembled a team of experienced airport IT systems, project management and subject matter experts for each targeted department. The airport’s project lead was Eric Geigenmueller, head of IT projects-aviation. He was joined by Hans-Steffen Daehn in the role of Inform project manager. Gassner noted that, together, this Project Team set out to: • Establish joint specifications • Implement the core airport management systems, especially the AODB • Implement the pilot department (i.e., ramp passenger bus operation), inclusive of: 1. Specifications 2. Modeling in the tools including the development of new functionalities 3. Testing 4. Go-Live Roll-Out of further departments Implementing the new system while it was still under development was a challenge the project team faced. They also had to create a perfect fit of processes and systems so that all processes take place in the systems in order to avoid shadow systems. These challenges made it clear that STR’s project was not a routine IT project, but rather a change-agent project since the airport’s processes required changing. Stuttgart Airport implemented the AODB, along with seasonal flight planning and daily Stuttgart Airport is continuously enhancing the use of the system by rolling-out the optimization software in other departments together with adding new functionalities. Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH STUTTGART AIRPORT Passengers 10,527,202 passengers Take-offs and landings About 400 daily, over 100 destinations Air freight Over 20,000 tonnes (metric tons) are flown directly out of Stuttgart, 10,000 tonnes of which are air mail Airlines About 55 Airlines Passenger terminals: Terminal 1: departures and arrivals Terminal 2: departures only Terminal 3: departures and arrivals Terminal 4: departures and arrivals Flight operations area One take-off and landing runway: length: 3,345 metres, width: 45 metres Two parallel taxiways Apron: 70 hectares (2.471 acres or 10,000 square meters) 46 parking positions 7 parking positions cargo center Airport site Around 400 hectares, about 190 hectares of which are green space Terminals Shops: around 6,000 m 2 Bistros and restaurants: around 3,500 m 2 Source: http://www.stuttgart-airport.com/company-information/facts-and-figures

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