Fraport to adopt FlightAware's real-time predictive technology

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July 10, 2019: Fraport AG will optimise operations at its home base Frankfurt Airport by deploying FlightAware’s predictive technology. The partnership gives Fraport access to precise, predicted runway arrival times, aircraft positions and flight status from FlightAware.

Fraport AG will begin using the real-time predictive runway arrival times, so called ‘ELDTs’ (Estimated Landing Times) delivered via FlightAware’s Firehose feed. FlightAware’s ELDTs are optimised by machine-learning models, which are part of the company’s predictive technology programme announced earlier this year. 

The models are based on statistical analysis of flight tracks and timestamps of hundreds of thousands of flights and are capable of identifying the key influencing factors determining the prediction of flight events in real-time. Fraport will integrate the data into their operational tools and analytical platforms to optimise airfield efficiency and ground personnel allocation at Frankfurt Airport.

“Traditionally, our data has been used to understand past or present events. Fraport’s use of our ELDTs is an important step for us and demonstrates our ability to predict future events. This will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the more than 70 million passengers traveling through Frankfurt Airport each year,” said Daniel Baker, founder and CEO, FlightAware.

Frankfurt Airport plays a critical role in connecting passengers traveling through Europe.

“FlightAware’s innovative predictive technology will take Fraport’s operational excellence to the next level,” said Dr Pierre Dominique Prümm, Fraport AG’s executive board member for aviation and infrastructure. “We are gaining a powerful real-time tool for advancing our Frankfurt Airport operations – benefitting both our airlines and passengers. Ultimately, we are reinforcing our commitment to ensure all passengers have a ‘good trip’ via Frankfurt Airport,” added Prümm.

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