Amadeus & T2RL Study Seeks Solutions To $60 Billion Annual Cost Of Flight Disruptions

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Amadeus and T2RL, an independent research and consulting company, have produced a new report indicating flight disruptions are costing the travel industry about 8% of its global revenue every year. And, with annual air pax growth expected to grow steadily for the foreseeable future, flight disruptions will become an increasingly expensive operational issue.

Whether its bad weather, natural disasters or strike actions, the cost to the travel industry overall is estimated to be about $60 billion annually.

Airline Disruption Management, writtenby airline IT consultancy T2RL and commissioned by Amadeus, has also found that disruption spreads ‘virally’ throughout the travel ecosystem: the knock-on impact of planes and crews not arriving as intended means highly optimized networks see further cancellations and delays even though the initial problem may have been relatively minor.

The report also finds that industry regulations such as the Tarmac Delay Rule in the U.S. and Mandatory Compensation for Delays across the E.U. are incentivizing airlines to develop standard procedures for handling disruption situations.

T2RL’s analysis for the report has identified a range of findings based on interviews with leading experts from organizations across the travel industry, including American Express GBT, NH, Gatwick Airport, IATA, WN, Star Alliance, LX and Yas Viceroy Hotel.

Other key findings include:

  • We are heading for a technology breakthrough: Increased motivation of airline boardrooms to invest in addressing disruption management combined with increasing attention and promising initial proof of concepts from IT vendors indicate a breakthrough is highly likely in coming years.

  • Collaboration is critical to have an integrated approach: Better communication between operations managers, airports and airline service companies will lead to greater collaboration. In future, even airlines that compete vigorously will work together during times of disruption.

 Ira Gershkoff, Principal Consultant, T2RL & the report’s author, commented: “There is every reason to believe the historic challenge of re-routing planes, crew and passengers during disruption will finally be addressed over the next several years. After a period of limited investment, the will has once again returned across airline boardrooms, driven in large part by the need to deliver reliably on ancillary product sales. What’s important is that service providers are collaborating across the entire industry to mitigate the impact on the traveller.”

Julia Sattel, Global Head of Airline IT, Amadeus, added: “Disruption management is one of the most significant operational challenges our airline customers face. Any inroad made into this $60 billion a year problem will yield substantial return on investment, not to mention addressing a frustration that tops passenger satisfaction surveys year after year. Needless to say, Amadeus technicians and engineers are working to solve the disruption management challenge right now.”

A panel of senior figures from across the industry will discuss the report’s findings during a session at IATA’s World Passenger Symposium 18OCT.

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