How Weather Impacts the Key Stakeholders at Airports and Airlines

For both airports and airlines, accurate and reliable weather data is essential to make informed decisions on aircraft de-icing and runway treatment during the winter months. These organizations typically rely on weather forecasts delivered by professional meteorologists to ensure they have the right information. But why? What makes the experts stand out from the crowd?


We asked the weather experts to share their experience and insights on what makes a highly accurate weather forecast for use in airport environments. In this guide, we show the benefits of accurate weather data and how it makes a difference to aircraft de-icing and gritting operations.


But who is using this weather data in airports and at airlines? And how does it help their role?


How Weather Impacts the Key Stakeholders

Knowing the likely conditions is important. But, alongside this, another consideration is the way that different people and teams utilize the weather data within their role.


Strategic Roles


· Airport Maintenance Director/Airport Operations Director: Understand weather data is critical for cost-effective and efficient de-icing and runway maintenance operations. They recognize the need to work with credible partners. Business profitability and efficiency are key priorities.


Operational Roles

· Airport Operations Managers Airport Field Maintenance Managers: They want reliable partners, to support day-to-day operations. They want to keep costs under control, seek accurate and reliable forecasts, and want an easy to use solution that can be deployed across all operational teams to enable effective coordination.



· Airport Ground Operations Staff/Airline Maintenance Staff/ De-icing Contractors: Their primary goal to maintain well planned and organized de-icing/gritting operations.

It is the same weather data used across the Decision-Making Unit, but the experts package it in a way that solves for each role's individual challenges



Achieving forecast accuracy


In terms of accuracy, there are clear differences between freely available sources and high-quality data. This improvement is due to the combination of data sources, weather models, forecasting systems, specialists and technologies, which weather experts rely on to improve the accuracy of their forecasting.


These factors are why companies choose to work with specialist weather companies. For airports and airlines, less accurate data typically results in inefficient operations. Unnecessary aircraft de-icing and runway treatments costs time and money, while failing to correctly predict when de-icing is required, can lead to safety risks, flight delays, and even cancellations. It’s no surprise then that leading organizations prefer using more accurate weather data in their decision-making processes.


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