Geoff Thomas

Running a major international airport is a huge logistical exercise. And although Dubai International has long been regarded as one of the world's more efficient

airports, resource management is still a headache, especially at busy times.

So Dnata, the company which runs the airport, has installed a trail-blazing resource manage-ment system (RMS) which will monitor and organise all aspects of

airport operations - the first of its kind in the world.

Switched on yesterday on the Dnata stand (B480) by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates group comprising Emirates and Dnata,

the $3-million RMS is designed to control all 3,500 airport staff and 600 items of mechanised airport ground equipment.

It plans and allocates manpower and equipment at all key work centres at the airport, including baggage check-in and boarding; aircraft handling; cabin cleaning;

and cargo warehouse operations.

Speaking at the show, Sheikh Ahmed praised the new equipment, saying: "This system represents two years of work to design, develop and implement, and it

represents an entirely new way of running an airport- one that is providing Dubai with 21st century technology today."

Source: Flight Daily News