On the occasion of inter airport Europe 2023 in Munich, Munich Airport, together with its Terminal 2 subsidiary and Dabico Airport Solutions Germany GmbH, today signed a letter of intent (LOI) to develop an innovative concept for fully automated passenger boarding bridges.
With the LOI, the two companies announce that they will determine the requirements for autonomous operation of the passenger boarding bridges and will use the results to jointly develop a pilot system for Munich Airport.
"With this pioneering project, we aim to reduce the duration of docking and undocking operations for passenger boarding bridges, thereby increasing the operational reliability and efficiency of our handling processes," says Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport.
"The long-standing cooperation with Munich Airport, as well as the acquisition of the passenger boarding bridge manufacturer FMT in January, lay the foundation for the Dabico Group to continue developing innovative integrated systems," affirms Alexander Pfurr, Managing Director and CCO of Dabico Airport Solutions Germany GmbH.
The development of the autonomous passenger boarding bridges is part of a digitalization strategy at Munich Airport that encompasses operational, commercial and, above all, passenger-friendly processes and technologies.
Among the many measures already in place are biometric boarding pass checks, biometric access to gates and lounges, so-called "smart trolleys" for navigation, flight information and shopping offers, chatbots for passenger inquiries, self-checkout kiosks, self-order terminals in restaurants, sensor technology for calculating waiting times at security checkpoints, and robotic projects for ground handling services as well as the use of robots for cleaning in Terminal 2 and the satellite.
Munich Airport remains one of the best-connected airports in Europe. According to a recent study by OAG (Official Airline Guide), a leading institution for data collection in the aviation and travel industry, the Bavarian aviation hub takes sixth place in Europe in terms of the number and quality of flight connections.
Munich Airport continued its recovery in first quarter of 2023, with around seven million passengers counted between January and March. This was 70% more than in the same period of the previous year. Due to the restrictions on international travel as a result of the pandemic, only a little over four million passengers had used Munich Airport for a flight in the first quarter of 2021.
In the course of the wage disputes in the public service sector, the trade union ver.di is again calling on employees at Munich Airport to take part in a warning strike. Due to all-day strikes, there will be no regular passenger and cargo traffic at Munich Airport on Sunday, March 26, and Monday, March 27, 2023.