BA takes on Met Office to reduce ice delays

British Airways has signed a contract with the Met Office for their unique aircraft de-icing forecast service to be used at four of its key regional airports in the UK. The Airline De-icing Forecast Service uses site specific forecasts to warn the airline up to 5 days in advance when de-icing of aircraft on the ground is required.

The accurate forecasts enable airlines to plan ahead - improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and delays while minimising environmental impact caused by unnecessary spraying.

David Jones, General Manager Ground Operations Compliance at British Airways, said: “We are using this new system at four of our key UK airports, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Manchester.

“This service provides us with critical information which allows us to plan any aircraft de-icing in a co-ordinated manner. This helps to reduce delays for our customers who are flying on our UK domestic network and helps us to maintain a robust operation at our main bases at Heathrow and Gatwick.”

The web-based service is proven to be 98% accurate and includes detailed forecasts, and holdover times. Together with optional email, text and fax alerts delivered direct to ground staff we can get right to the heart of your operations. Round the clock telephone consultancy is also available from expert Met Office aviation forecasters.