Small airports need a good website to communicate their strengths and attract customers. However, maintaining an effective online presence is often a challenge:
The EUROPLANE project decided to support small airports by developing a free online Content Management System (CMS) that can be re-used by other small airports. An initial implementation has been carried out for the Airport Eberswalde-Finow.
The CMS was designed by BMT Transport Solutions GmbH and implemented by beans-n-bites, using their prorietrary CMS 'hugo' in a special edition available free of charge under a GNU licence (download below).
The CMS allows small airports to use a normal web browser to edit and post facts about itself, but also about the surrounding region. It makes it very easy to post news items, the headlines of which are automatically included on the start page.
When putting to use the free CMS, airports can start out from a default site structure suitable for most small airports. Besides news, the default site structure includes flight and landside services, information on the region, and airman's info, a section which provides technical information on the respective airport as well as flight safety (NOTAM) and weather (METAR) requests. Users are free to create any number of pages within sections, or to extend or modify the structure itself.
The CMS supports 5 basic templates for different content types. The server side application can be downloaded free of charge by airports. Hosting requirements are (PHP 5, MySQL, and the GDLib library), and are easily met by many webspace providers at entry level costs.
The CMS supports the posting of news that can be syndicated by other sites, images in preview and full size, and full text search.
Through a professional web site, small airports can better reach their customers, and show their strengths and business goals:
Below, you find the hugo Small Airports Special Edition, a Website Content Management System (CMS) for download. The software is licensed under the Gnu General Public License.
For further information or support, contact Detlev Fischer at BMT Transport Solutions GmbH (df [ at ] bmt-ts.com)Last update: 15 January 2008