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FACILITY MAINTENANCE 26 airportbusiness December 2017/January 2018 By Fabio Speggiorin Accelerate Your Terminal Traffic Modern accelerated walkways, smart technology improving pedestrian movement at airports. The Federal Aviation Administration esti- mates flight delays in the U.S. cost airlines $22 billion every year. Between June 2015 and June 2016, approximately 1 million flights were delayed, equating to nearly 64 million minutes of delays, per the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Most delays can be attributed to factors outside of an airport's control. Nearly half of the aforementioned flight delays can be traced back to airline issues, such as aircraft maintenance, crew scheduling and refueling, while 30 percent of delays can be attributed to weather disturbances. While not the primary culprit, airports share part of the blame for delaying some of the 2.5 mil- lion passengers that fly every day. Some of that blame falls on the antiquated pedestrian transpor- tation systems airports are still relying on to move people from airport entrance to airplane entrance. Further complicating matters is an aging population with reduced mobility that require assistance passing through crowded airports. The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060, placing even greater demands on airport transportation. And on top of all that, airport expansions have further increased distances between gates, plac- ing even greater stress on airport passengers and workers alike. For some airports, the distance between gates can stretch more than one mile, although for most major airports, the longest distance is typically between one-half mile and one mile. Shuttles are often utilized for lengthy connections, but there are limitations with shuttles (space, fre- quency) that make other modes of transporta- tion critically important. Fortunately, technology advances in airport mobility have improved connection time success- es and movement throughout airport facilities. But to continue to meet those increasing demands, airport operations professionals must embrace smarter pedestrian transportation, extending to the transit lines responsible for moving passengers and workers to and from an airport. WALK THIS WAY The first moving walkway debuted in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and more than 60 years later, an airport installed a moving walkway (Love Field in Dallas). In the past, moving walkways have been criticized for either being too slow-moving or not decelerating early enough, creating safety hazards for dis- tracted airport travelers. But modern accelerated moving walkways not only remediate those past issues, but are allevi- ating increasing traffic congestion at airports, T o successfully navigate the sometimes choppy waters of airport management, aviation professionals must deal with a number of moving pieces beyond the passengers themselves — pieces that are not only challenging, but very costly. One of those costly challenges is, of course, delays. Toronto's Pearson International Airport implemented cloud-based, real-time, predictive maintenance technology on its pedestrian transportation systems that allow for accurate maintenance planning and scheduling. Thyssenkrupp Elevator

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