Lahore: Departure Control system (DCS) of Allama Iqbal International Airport collapsed on the night of September 27 and could not start work till September 28. There was heavy mess at airport as 6 flights mostly to Gulf were scheduled to fly and entire work for DCS was done manually, resulting in delay of all departures.
Air Blue, Emirates, PIA, Qatar, Etihad and Turkish Air were delayed due to collapse of DCS.
(DCS) automates processing an Airlines’ Airport management operation. This includes managing the information required for Airport Check-in and printing Boarding card, baggage acceptance, boarding, load control and aircraft checks.
Today DCS mostly (98%) manage Electronic tickets via interfaces from range of devices from Check-in kiosk, Online Check-in, mobile boarding cards and baggage handling. DCS are able to identify, capture and update reservations from an airlines Computer Reservation System for passengers stored in a so-called Passenger Name Record (PNR). A DCS is used to update reservations, typically as checked-in, boarded, flown or another status.
Additionally and increasingly a DCS for some city-pair sectors may also be connected with immigration control for visa, immigration and passenger no-fly watchlists.