The day after labor day has special significance for the IT groups at several U.S. airports. It marks the top of the summer peak traffic and therefore the beginning of a relative lull in passenger volumes till the pre-Thanksgiving vacation build-up.
In this small 8-week window, IT groups can roll out systems upgrades, data network enhancements, and modifications to business-critical applications. It is time once night-shift work becomes a norm for several IT engineers as they rush to finish their well-choreographed task lists before a moratorium on any important changes goes into impact November till mid-January.
In recent years, technology services modification windows became progressively necessary as airports extend their vary of digital services to their airline and concession partners. It is not uncommon for digital services to come up with many million greenbacks in annual revenue at large airports, abundant of that comes from the supply of data core network transport services.
But despite the expansion in airport digital services offerings, these revenues remain a largely supportive overlay to the airport score business, property services. That may be near to modification.
Many U.S. airports can reach their 1st centennial milestone within the next decade or so. in that time they'll have survived and even thrived in their 1st century by effectively controlling their airport properties through regulation and deregulation, fuel price spikes and troughs, airline mergers, liquidations and demergers and, of course, an unrelenting terrorist threat.
Change is a constant for airports, as it is for most businesses, and therefore the next few years can see the convergence of a minimum of three factors which will have a seismic impact on the business model of airports and consequently the role of data technology in this model.
First, U.S. airports area unit taking over a higher level of debt obligation during a bid to accelerate abundantly required renovations and accommodate future capability desires.