The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ), says it has partnered with Assaia to help enable smoother, faster and more predictable operations.
This goal will be achieved through the deployment of "Assaia ApronAI" at all of Toronto Pearson's 106 gates, according to a press release issued Tuesday (March 14).
Assaia provides an artificial intelligence solution to track every aspect of aircraft turnaround performance—physically preparing an aircraft when it lands until it takes off again for a new flight, the release said.
By monitoring what is happening around the aircraft in real time, the data will be used to highlight and address inefficiencies, and to provide accurate estimates of timeliness to increase gate availability, improve on-time performance and be more transparent with passengers.
"We're creating the airport of the future, and innovation in apron operations will directly improve the passenger experience," stated Deborah Flint, president and CEO of the GTAA. "We're pleased for the potential industry-wide transformation that may result from these new technologies. We are laser focused on innovations that will make Pearson and its whole apron ecosystem more efficient while reducing our carbon footprint."
The integration of this technology is another step towards digitization for Toronto Pearson, the authority said.
Assaia has monitored over 1.5 million flights and observed over three million turnaround events while working with Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Halifax Stanfield Airport, British Airways, London Gatwick and more.