You come across airports which say they are happy that they get the passenger numbers the next day. One airport thought this was real time. Another airport said they would have that data only up to 6 days after departure. This might be sufficient for billing purposes, but is it for operation?
I was not sure whether I should write about this in a blog. It is a delicate topic. Many airports strive for accurate passenger figures for billing purposes. And nowadays they would like to have booked and expected passenger numbers in order to plan and schedule resources accordingly.
You can imagine how tricky it is to get booked passenger figures from airlines when they are not even willing to share actual passenger numbers. There are a few options to get those data which are different for each airport. But, in my experience, even though it may take some time, you can get them.