Airport aprons must be able to accommodate arriving and departing aircraft without delay, not only to increase customer satisfaction, but also to cut back on fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions. When an aircraft arrives at an airport, it must be able to park at an available gate or stand swiftly. Once parked, the aircraft must be unloaded and reloaded with passengers and baggage. All of this must happen in a timely manner so that the aircraft can take off again without delaying other arriving or departing aircraft.

Apron management is responsible for ensuring that all activities on the apron are conducted in a safe and efficient manner.

Solutions for Improving Airport Apron Efficiency

1. Implement an apron management system: An apron management system can help optimize traffic flow and reduce congestion on the airport apron.

2. Increase ground services coordination: Improved coordination between ground services providers can help to keep aircraft moving and avoid delays on the apron.

3. Increase ramp capacity: Increasing the number of aircraft parked on the ramp at one time can help improve apron efficiency.

4. Improve lighting and signage: Better lighting and signage on the apron can help pilots to more easily find their way around and improve safety.

5. Implement new technologies: New technologies, such as AI technology from Synaptic Aviation, can assist airlines in avoiding delays by elevating the awareness of ground service providers and providing real-time alerts during turnaround.

Rising Fuel Costs Make Efficiency a Priority

The rise in jet fuel prices is a major challenge for airlines, as this cost typically accounts for 20% to 25% of total operational costs. The price of jet fuel increased by more than 70% in the first six months of 2022, marking one of the steepest increases since at least 2002 and putting unprecedented pressure on the airline industry’s cost management.

As airlines look to cut costs, airport apron efficiency is an area of great opportunity as airlines lack an effective and practical way of measuring excess use of engine time or APU time. Aircraft fuel is one of the largest operating expenses for airlines, and rising fuel costs have made efficiency a priority.

Apron operations account for a significant portion of an airport’s overall ground movements. Inefficiencies in apron operations can lead to longer delays, which can ultimately impact an airline’s bottom line.

Several tools contribute to apron efficiency, including AI. To improve efficiency, airports need to consider these tools and find ways to optimize operations carefully.

Improving Efficiency on the Ground Contributes to Reducing CO2 emissions.

Excess fuel burned produces CO2 emissions, so a system capable of tracking and alerting about opportunities to reduce engine and APU time while on the ground can automatically help airports and airlines to achieve sustainability goals without any major investments or changes in procedures. 

Reducing Delays Keeps Customers Happy

With the increased demand for air travel comes an increased need for efficiency at airports. Unfortunately, many airports are struggling to keep up with the demand, which can lead to delays. Delays not only cause passengers frustration but can also lead to lost business for airlines and other businesses that depend on air travel.

That’s why it’s so crucial for airports to focus on reducing delays. There are a number of ways to do this, such as investing in new technology, improving communication between airlines and ground crews, and increasing the number of staff members on the airport aprons. Implementing even a few of these changes can significantly reduce delays and keep customers happy.

How AI Technology from Synaptic Aviation Can Help

AI technology has the potential to revolutionize airport apron operations and improve efficiency in several key ways. Synaptic Aviation’s AI tool provides extensive visibility into the baggage loading process as well as insight into an inbound or outbound flight’s landing, taxiing, or docking status. This new clarity enables you to communicate effectively within your team and with customers, resulting in several new enhancements, such as lessening passenger wait time, managing to keep passengers informed, improving passenger comfort, and increasing on-time performance.

Overall, the use of AI technology from Synaptic Aviation has the potential to improve airport apron efficiency greatly. This is especially important in the current environment, where efficient operations are critical to keeping airports running smoothly.


The world’s airlines are flying fuller planes than ever, and they’re expected to fill even more seats in the coming years. That’s good news for travelers, but it also means that airport aprons must be able to handle the increased traffic while doing so responsibly.

Artificial intelligence use in aviation is frequently overlooked in customer service, but with the help of advanced tools from Synaptic Aviation, implementing a technological solution can be straightforward.

Are you ready to put our AI to the test? Allow Synaptic Aviation to demonstrate how easy and effective it can be to implement. Request a demo at www.synapticaviation.com or call 844-505-4496 today.


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