Leading UK airport operator and Copenhagen-based software company join forces to fast-track innovations for airport operations
Manchester, UK – Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and its software provider Copenhagen Optimization have announced a formal strategic partnership with a view to creating a data-led, airport-wide, planning and operating approach, that delivers crucial operational insights and creates seamless passenger journeys.
While MAG has been a Copenhagen Optimization customer since 2018, the goal of the new partnership is to deliver a closer working relationship that can accelerate game-changing innovations through the collection of crucial operational insights.
The initiative is already bearing fruit with the co-development of Better Shift, a solution that gives airport operational teams the tools to make the right staffing and deployment decisions at the right time.
“We see MAG as the ideal partner for us,” said Kasper Hounsgaard, co-CEO of Copenhagen Optimization. “It is forward thinking and advanced in its technological adaptation. This provides a unique possibility to ensure that we truly understand the challenges faced by airports when developing Better Airport – our software solution, helping airports optimize every aspect of their daily operations, from curb to gate.”
Nicholas Woods, Chief Information Officer, MAG added:
“We believe that innovation in technology will be the key driver in enhancing the airport experience. We are excited about what our partnership with Copenhagen Optimization will deliver and look forward to finding ways to give our future passengers a truly seamless experience.”
Ryan Cant, MAG Chief Digital Officer, continued:
“We firmly believe that by investing in the right tools and technology, we can transform the way our airports operate. We are excited about the potential of our partnership with Copenhagen Optimization, and we are looking forward to finding ways to create best in class passenger, partner and colleague experiences.”
About Manchester Airports Group:
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the UK’s largest group of airports, which owns and operates Manchester Airport, London Stansted Airport and East Midlands Airport. In 2019, the Group served over 60 million passengers.
To build a more sustainable future, MAG has an extensive and ambitious Strategy in place, with a target to be Net Zero carbon by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the national target. MAG was the first airport group in the UK to be certified as Carbon Neutral in 2016, as well as being a founding member of Sustainable Aviation in 2005. MAG was the only airport operator to be named a Financial Times’ ‘Climate Leader’ two years in a row, and was the only airport to feature in 2022. To learn more about MAG’s sustainability plans click here.
About Copenhagen Optimization
Copenhagen Optimization is a joint software and consultancy company specializing in
improving airport operations. We passionately believe that operating an airport should be simple and efficient. Our software Better Airport® is a cloud-based solution that uses data and advanced mathematical algorithms to bring clarity and confidence to plans, data, and complex decision-making, empowering both you and your business to better predict, operate, and optimize.
Better Airport is currently deployed and live in operations in more than 25 airports globally, from JFK Terminal 4 to London Heathrow and Singapore Changi.
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