Italy’s main gateway to the world is also deploying Assaia’s turnaround technology

Italy’s main gateway to the world is also deploying Assaia’s turnaround technology

Rome, December 18 2023 – Aeroporti di Roma, through its venture capital arm ADR Ventures, has become the latest member of Assaia’s Strategic Partner Community (SPC), with the formal signing of the agreement today. The operator of Rome’s airports is the first continental European member of Assaia’s SPC. Importantly, it will also deploy Assaia’s turnaround monitoring solutions at Rome Fiumicino (FCO), one of the only twelve 5-star Skytrax Hub Airports, with Ciampino (CIA) to follow. Assaia was one of the ten startups selected for ADR’s first Runway to the Future accelerator program, where its solution was implemented and tested at FCO.

Assaia uses AI to reduce turnaround times and improve on-time performance, which in turn improves the passenger experience. It does so by enabling real-time responses to increase gate availability while ensuring safety on the apron. In addition, by focusing on taxi-in time reduction and auxiliary power unit usage limitation, airports and airlines can use the resulting data to make significant strides in their sustainability goals.

The members of the SPC use their wide experience of operating airports and airlines to provide both strategic and tactical counsel to guide the development of Assaia’s portfolio of products for managing and optimizing apron operations.

“We are proud to back Assaia as an investor via ADR Ventures and join its Strategic Partner Community. Our vision for the airport of the future, puts innovation firmly at the core, that’s why we partnered with Assaia during our accelerator program and want to continue to be integrally involved in optimizing turnaround technology with Assaia, bringing increased efficiency, safety, and sustainability to our airports and helping others improve.”

Emanuele Calà, Vice President Innovation & Quality of Aeroporti di Roma and CEO of ADR Ventures

Aeroporti di Roma will use Assaia’s turnaround technology for complete visibility of all the actions during the turnaround process. The result is optimization of turnarounds, reducing the time required and improving on-time performance. The increased efficiency also leads to a reduction in the carbon footprint. Ultimately, more efficient turnarounds improve the passenger journey.

“Monitoring and optimizing the turnaround is now a recognized category in the aviation sector, thanks to industry leaders like Aeroporti di Roma. We need their expertise and experience to ensure the developments in our technology help airports and airlines provide an even better service to their passengers. In return, we are providing comprehensive turnaround technology.”

Max Diez, CEO of Assaia

Assaia’s SPC is growing fast with members including Alaska Airlines, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, International Airlines Group, JetBlue Ventures, and Marubeni. Airports, airlines, and ground handlers interested in joining should contact Assaia to learn more about this community and how they can help shape the future of digital and automated apron operations.

Assaia recently launched the industry’s first report into airports’ and airlines’ turnaround performance. The Turnaround Benchmark Report shows how turnaround operations impact the overall performance of airlines and airports, based on data from around the world. The Report is available here.


The use of Assaia's TurnaroundControl has provided our Airline Partners, Ground Handlers, and Service Providers with full visibility of the aircraft turn processes. The data, predictability, and visibility enhances our collective efficiency and resilience at Toronto Pearson. Paired with our A-CDM initiative, Assaia's TurnaroundControl provides crucial data driving A-CDM processes, a reduction in turn times, and a noticeable increase in on-time performance.

Dean Wright
Associate Director, Gating & Airport Flow

The way Turnaround 2.0 uses AI and machine learning to boost our zone controllers' efficiency is remarkable. They can now manage multiple gate activities with more focus on handling exceptions, rather than multitasking. Turnaround 2.0 is more than a tool for the present; it's a foundation for 'United Next,' growing with us and helping us surpass our operational goals efficiently.

Daniel Reed
Director of Station Operations, United Airlines

Our focus is to use innovation to make our operations smoother. We have selected Assaia because of the capabilities of the tool. But it is also really important for us that it has a good record of successful implementation, so we know it will deliver for us, for our airlines and ultimately for our passengers.

Dr Babett Stapel
Managing Director, Fraport Slovenjia

We are optimizing all our processes on the apron to shorten the time each aircraft needs to be on the ground, which benefits both our passengers and our airline partners. This is a common issue across our airports and we are talking to all of them about this technology.

Claus Grunow
VP of Corporate Strategy and Digitalization at Fraport

We are pleased to partner with Assaia to implement the ApronAI Turnaround Control solution at T4. This new solution will not only optimize operations and our work with our business partners, but will also help us to ensure a first-class customer experience at T4.

Roel Huinink
President and CEO, JFKIAT

For most airports, the apron is a a black box. Assaia finally gives our ground staff full insight into every turnaround. This allows them to focus on what really matters, while simultaneously making the work environment safer.

Jason Aspelund
Former Manager Strategic Performance, Alaska Airlines

The real-time and historical insights that can inform both airport and airline operations make this solution a clear winner for everyone.

Craig Paul
Director of Technology & Innovation , Halifax Stanfield International

Assaia's product allows airports and airlines to collect, track, and analyze data in real time; this innovation removes inefficiencies and optimizes performance.

Jim Lockheed
JetBlue Ventures

We’re creating the airport of the future, and innovation in apron operations will directly improve the passenger experience. We are laser focused on innovations that will make Pearson and its whole apron ecosystem more efficient while reducing our carbon footprint.

Deborah Flint
President and CEO GTAA

SEA needed an innovative solution to our capacity problem and have worked with Assaia to optimize the turnaround process resulting in reduced taxi times and increased passenger satisfaction. Assaia has exceeded our expectations, consistently delivering on-time & on-budget.

Samer Tirhi
Airline Scheduling Coordinator, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

With the help of Predicted Off Block Time from Assaia. JFKIAT Operations can be proactive to reduce or eliminate any delays and gate holds

Stephen Tukavkin
VP IT & Digital, JFKIAT

I had mentioned before, great innovation on your part. With these types of improvements, T4 is always leading at JFK. Thank you

COPA Station Manager

We are proud to be partnering with the Assaia team in our mission to use technology to improve the efficiency and safety of the airport environment.

Raghbir S. Pattar
Director of Airports Transformation, IAG

We’re working hard on becoming an airport of the future, and this involves rethinking every part of our ground operations. Assaia’s ApronAI is an integral component of our vision for the ramp of the future.

Abhi Chacko
Head of Innovation & Commercial IT Services, Gatwick Airport

Assaia’s technology adds critical data points to CVG’s early-stage neural network for operational advancements. Structured data generated by artificial intelligence will provide information to make decisions, optimize airside processes, and improve efficiency and safety.

Brian Cobb
CIO, CVG Airport


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