The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Ramp of the Future (RoF) initiative.
RoF will bring together key stakeholders to accelerate the modernization of processes aligned with a common vision for the future of ground operations. Key partners involved in RoF include members of the GOG and the Airport Services Association (ASA).
“Passenger numbers are growing. Airport infrastructure is nearing capacity. Opportunities for greenfield sites or new-build terminals are limited. New, smarter, more effective ways to operate, harnessing the power of new technology, need to be found. But we will only be successful if we are working towards achieving a common vision. RoF gives ground handling stakeholders the opportunity to influence their future,” said Careen.
The RoF project is part of the New Experience in Travel and Technologies (NEXTT) initiative being run in collaboration with Airports Council International (ACI) to develop a common vision to enhance the on-ground transport experience, guide industry investments, and help governments improve the regulatory framework.
Modernizing training for ground handling is another key element.
“High employee turnover is a challenge when you need to deploy a fully skilled workforce in critical ramp functions. New training technologies have an important role to play. This includes innovative virtual reality tools,” said Careen, highlighting the success of IATA’s RampVR (TM) offering, the first virtual reality training tool for ground operations.