Ethiopian Airports Enterprise deployed ADB Safegate's A-VDGS at Addis Ababa Bole Airport


11 September 2017

Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE), the operator of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Ethiopia, has deployed ADB Safegate’s Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) to help reduce aircraft congestion at 14 remote stands around the airport. Getaneh Adera Nigussie, director of airport facilities at EAE, said: “Ethiopian Airlines is one of our busiest airlines at the airport and operates many international routes. Manual parking at remote stands was causing flight delays, especially during peak hours, and was increasingly becoming a risk Ethiopian Airlines refused to take. There was an urgent need to transform the current manual processes at the remote stands. ADB Safegate had been a long-standing partner, providing us airfield lighting solutions in the past, therefore it was only natural for us to turn to them for this key project.” As part of the turnkey deployment, ADB Safegate provided the masts, cabling and installation of the A-VDGS at the 14 stands. Together with the control system, the automated solution reduces congestion caused by aircraft waiting to pull into occupied or unstaffed gates and eliminates delays that occur when the appropriate personnel are not available. The system further improves efficiency by reducing taxi-in times and shortening turnaround times. Safedock A-VDGS ensure safe parking in tight spaces by verifying aircraft/gate compatibility and preventing parking of incompatible aircraft at adjacent gates to avoid the risk of wing-tip collisions.

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