Most successful businesses are built through informed decision-making. Until the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting the aviation community, the aviation industry was experiencing tremendous growth. To meet the demands of this growth, planners and investors needed the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable data. ICAO’s aviation data/statistics programme provides accurate, detailed data so that States, international organizations, aviation industry, tourism and other stakeholders can make better projections and evaluations. More than ever there is a need for controlling costs and risks and benchmarking performance.
ICAO is working alongside the Airport Council International (ACI) to monitor developments and to leverage their expertise and analysis conducted on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on airports. In light of the rapidly spreading disease named as COVID-19, ICAO actively monitors its economic impacts on civil aviation and regularly publishes updated reports and adjusted forecasts. The latest updates can be viewed here, with analysis on the impact COVID-19 has had on civil aviation dated continuously, at the bottom of the page.
The iCADS Portal
ICAO’s Civil Aviation Data Solutions portal holds the most complete and up-to-date aviation data. The portal, with its 89 different applications, data solutions, geographic information services, documents and research-sharing, was built with the needs of the aviation industry in mind, integrating the entirety of data, business intelligence products and a selection of curated ICAO reports and documents.
The iCADS portal provides immersive and holistic access to ICAO’s portfolio of applications; allowing users to access the multitude of Data sets, as well as the business intelligence solutions provided by ICAO.
Below we are putting a spotlight on some of the data collections that are available on the iCADS Portal. For the complete portfolio of data tools, click here.
The Aero Tariffs platform considers the standard, unique airport charges and special conditions to generate a real-time cost estimate/benchmarking results. It provides up-to-date Airport Charges and Air Navigation Service Charges information in a pdf format. Based on the selected flight route, it generates a GIS/FIR map for calculating Air Navigation Service Charges and it provides the capacity to export the results in .xlsx or pdf format.
Air Services Agreements (WASA)
WASA is an on-line database that contains the actual texts of bilateral agreements and amendments in languages available. Documents are filed by Member States in accordance with Article 83 of the Chicago Convention. Alternatively, agreements and amendments are integrated from other sources (official national websites). Each agreement was thoroughly analyzed and main provisions have been codified to provide for extended analytical functionalities. A built-in search engine enables to query and analyze agreements per specific provisions, review the corresponding text, facilitate route planning as well as to geographically visualize the network of air traffic rights. The professional subscription also gives access to the extensive ICAO Legal Documents Library.
Global Air Transport Optimiser (GATO)
GATO provides intelligence to Member States and stakeholders to determine the linkages between connectivity and competition at a granular level thus enabling them to take decisions to identify factors and take necessary policy measures to optimize the air transport network.
The ICAO forecasting application, with its state-of-the-art econometric models, is a one-stop solution for all planning and optimization needs of States and other aviation stakeholders. The tool’s comprehensive modules enable users to generate customized forecasts for traffic (i.e. passengers, RPK and load factors) and operations (i.e. flight departures and capacities) at multiple levels of granularity selected. Development of the forecast model specification is grounded in economic theory, which is used to identify the most important determinants of air travel demand. An econometric modelling framework is developed to capture statistically significant historical relationships between air travel demand and economic and demographic factors. These identified relationships are then used as the basis for producing traffic demand forecasts. In addition to traffic forecasts, the application provides a comprehensive historical data set of air traffic for the period 1995 to 2015 at a granular level.
ICAO DATA Plus
The ICAO DATA+ is a new tool that presents in a dynamic and graphical environment the air transport statistic data.
These data enable users to quickly visualize trends, differences and similarities between air transport data selection and make competitive analyses (benchmarking) more accessible.