The international airport of El Dorado, in Bogotá, Colombia, is one of the most important in Latin America: it is the third in terms of passengers, with more than 35 million a year, the second in operations, 315,000, and the first in volume of air cargo, with about 725,000 tons per year.
The expansion plans underway at El Dorado Airport to cope with the increase in traffic expected by 2030 include the implementation of an Apron Management Service, to improve efficiency and reduce delays in ground movement.
At large airports, having an Apron Management Service guiding aircraft on the ground reduces the workload of air traffic controllers and improves the efficiency of operations. Ineco has carried out a study to implement it at the Colombian airport of El Dorado. Ineco has already implemented and provided this service from 2011 to 2017 at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport.
Ineco, together with the Colombian engineering company Integral, has carried out for Aerocivil, the aeronautical authority of Colombia, the technical, operational, administrative and cost studies to develop and launch, for the first time in LATAM, an Apron Management Service in El Dorado. To this end, the different implementation options and the conditions for the tender and contracting of the service by Aerocivil have been analyzed.