IATA, Passur launch own collaborative ATM tool

Passur in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the association’s web platform for collaborative, tactical air traffic management, supporting the IATA Liaison Desk at the FAA Command Centre.

Called ITOP (IATA Tactical Operations Portal), the new platform provides airlines worldwide the ability to minimise same-day air traffic constraints in the highly complex and disruption prone US National Airspace System. Users may access critical information about North American airspace and airport operations, and receive expert traffic management support and updates, all on a single, live, collaborative, and cloud delivered portal.

“IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry, and ITOP will provide our members with very important information that will help them to better manage air traffic delays and disruption, to the benefit of air travelers,” said Guenther Matschnigg, IATA senior vice president, safety, operations & infrastructure.

“This is an important moment – the launch of a global platform that helps to solve expensive air traffic problems by providing critical information that was once unattainable in real-time,” said Jim Barry , president and CEO of PASSUR Aerospace. “IATA’s vision of ITOP is a continuation of PASSUR’s strategy to target, measure, and reduce unacceptable excess air traffic costs, such as those related to diversions, cancellations, tarmac delays, airspace and surface inefficiencies, and arrival and departure management.”

More than 100 airports, eight major airlines, and more than 500 members use similar PASSUR technology to help with collaborative management of diversions, field conditions, and tarmac delays. ITOP is the first in a series of similar portals to be designed for all the major air traffic regions around the world.

ITOP is linked to PASSUR’s Airport Information Network (AIN), and will provide airlines real-time access to the North American airline and airport community with online communication, messaging and alerting – information and content designed specifically for worldwide carriers operating in North America.

PASSUR also provides IATA its Integrated Traffic Management (PITM) solution, an industry-changing web hosted business intelligence platform, which targets key constraints through the entire flight lifecycle, minimising fuel costs and emissions, improving schedule integrity, and enhancing the passenger experience. PITM modules assist with diversion management, airspace optimization, surface management, arrival and departure management, as well as tarmac delay management.

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