Perth Airport has achieved consensus with airlines on the introduction of a Schedule Coordination System in February 2013. The new Schedule Coordination System will more closely balance demand and capacity throughout the day, by coordinating the departure and arrival flight times of the many airlines operating at Perth Airport. The benefits of schedule coordination will include:
• Less delays and uncertainty for airlines and their clients, and reduced associated costs.
• Increased departures and arrivals performance rates from the current airfield and airspace infrastructure.
• Transparency for airlines and their clients in relation to times when new flights can be scheduled.
While the capacity of the existing airfield and related airspace is being progressively increased through procedural changes being implemented by Airservices Australia and airlines and the construction and upgrade of infrastructure by Perth Airport, the introduction of a Schedule Coordination System will assist in maximising performance and reducing delays in peak demand periods.
The system will be administered by Airport Coordination Australia (ACA), and become part of the conditions of use for all airlines operating at Perth Airport.
During November and early December, ACA has been working with airlines to determine the first schedule under the new coordination system and the results have been very encouraging – no international flight times are being affected and just four per cent of domestic flights will require a time adjustment, with an average change for affected flights of approximately 15 minutes.
“Schedule Coordination will provide tangible improvements at Perth Airport, with greater certainty and fewer delays for airlines, passengers and charter clients,” said Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport.
“This result would not have been possible without the constructive approach of airlines and Airservices Australia whose input to the development of the system has been critical. The commercial aviation industry participants recognised that there was a smarter way to operate and have worked well together to bring the system to this stage”, said Mr Geatches.
The February 2013 implementation date allows airlines sufficient time to make the necessary adjustments to their operations for the system to ‘go live’.
The system at Perth Airport is based on that laid down in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Scheduling Guidelines and World Slot Guidelines, however, local rules have been incorporated to ensure the particular circumstances of Western Australia are taken into account, including the fly-in fly-out (FIFO) resource sector charter flights and the routes regulated by the State Government.