• Project ID PJ28 IAO
  • Project duration 2016-12-01 > 2019-11-30
  • Cost
    • Total EUR 5 715 918,25
    • EU Contr. EUR 811 531,57
  • Status Closed


Project Description

The SESAR Integrated Airport Operations (IAO) project aimed to show the benefits of air traffic management (ATM) solutions developed in SESAR 1 in an operational environment and to ease their industrial deployment. 

IAO consisted of five demonstrations: two on-board exercises and three at the airports of Nice, Budapest, and Hamburg. In those demonstrations IAO  covered ATM solutions in the area of:

  • Pre-Departure Sequencing,
  • Routing and planning functions for controllers,
  • Airport safety nets for controllers,
  • On-board traffic alerts, and
  • Manual Taxi Routing.

The new solutions aim to assist air traffic controllers in their duty to safely guide aircraft at the airport. In addition, they will assist flight crews in navigating on the ground.


IAO sought to prove and demonstrate the:

  1. Operational readiness of all developed functionalities
  2. Increase in situational awareness by using the demonstrated tools
  3. Utility of routing and planning functions (partly with user interaction)
  4. Improvement of DMAN functions with route planning
  5. Benefits of Conformance Monitoring and Conflicting ATC Clearance Alerts
  6. Accuracy of A-SMGCS taxi-time
  7. Adherence to an acceptable controller workload with any of the new functionalities
  8. Applicability of the demonstrated tools independent of specific local characteristics
  9. Compliance to current standards and regulations including the involvement of respective bodies
  10. Deployment and promotion of the tools developed in SESAR 1 and demonstrated in IAO


The individual demonstrations were set up independently, but covered partly similar functionalities to prove their general applicability, devoid of certain local characteristics. They took place between September 2018 and March 2019 and will be supported by the respective airport authorities and local controllers.

The functionalities of IAO were almost all tested in passive shadow mode. Operational data was used in real time to feed into the system under test, but information provided by the demonstrated solutions has no influence on the operational system. This modus operandi allowed the evaluation of the project’s objectives with realistic/real operational data without affecting the safety and processes of the real airport operations.

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Latest news

  • 22.10.2020

    Giving Europe’s air traffic controllers a helping hand

    Actors from Europe’s aviation industry have developed ways to improve how ground traffic is managed at airports. An EU project has taken four new technologies and put them to the test via large-scale demonstrations at Budapest, Hamburg and Nice airports.

    Cordis - Results in Brief 

  • PJ28 Final Project Report


    Integrated Airport Operations –Seeing is believing PJ.28 Demo Day

    19th of September, 2019
    Airport Conference Center Hamburg
    Hamburg , Germany

    Integrated Airport Operations Open Day

    11th of April, 2019
    10:00 > 15:00
    Budapest , Hungary
  • Demo in Nice

    Demo in Hamburg

    Demo in Budapest

    This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731787

    European Union