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APRON Report Summary

Project ID: 13274
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: Germany

Advisory board: Report advisory board

The result of workpackage 8 is Deliverable D10 of the project APRON. It was acknowledged that the successful design, implementation and operation of an airport observatory requires the active participation of all relevant stakeholders throughout the project life-cycle for materialising the participation of all interested stakeholders. The initial concept of the advisory board was to involve high level airport executives in all stages of the observatory development through their participation in regularly scheduled meetings. Since the beginning of the project, it was found out that the participation of the stakeholders in the form of an advisory board was not workable, and therefore, the original concept was modified (mostly in terms of the composition and modus operandi of the advisory board) while the expected and contribution was not changed in substance.

The involvement of the stakeholders was secured since the project inception through the signing of a letter of intent and it was continued throughout the life-cycle of the project through the participation of technical experts representing airports and international organisations like ACI-Europe, Eurostat, Eurocontrol and ADV. The experts provided guidance on issues related to the content and functionality of the observatory, as well as on issues regarding the observatory participation and access rules. The participation of the technical experts representing the stakeholders was instrumental for the development and future operation and led to substantial improvements during the observatory design and implementation.

The stakeholders provided essential feedback during the last project workshop. The provided feedback reconfirmed the need for establishing a European Airport observatory and it stressed the need to increase the participation of more European Airports in the observatory. The observatory functionalities and data content were found to be appropriate and the principles of reciprocity in providing and using data included in the observatory was found to be both practical and workable. Furthermore, the issue of hosting and managing the observatory was addressed and the need of establishing a strong business case for convincing a third trusted party to undertake the responsibility of hosting and managing the observatory was stressed.

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Durlacher Allee 49
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