Mercury has been developed and enhanced during the last 5 years, levering on mobility research projects funded by European Commission and SESAR. Keep reading for more information on who we are and on how Mercury is now a reality.

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Who we are

Mercury has been developed by Innaxis and the University of Westminster with several contributions from other key aviation stakeholders around Europe.

UoW: The University of Westminster (Department of Planning and Transport) has been engaged in air transport research, consultancy, and teaching for 40 years. In the last decade, mobility research has been a core part of the Department's research with particular emphasis on economics, operations and performance.
INX: Private Spanish research institute focused on complexity and data Science in air transport operations. With 10+ years experience in mobility and aviation research, both in low and medium TRL contexts.
Many more!: the collaboration and support from a long list of entities coming from academia, public institutions and industry, among others: Airlines, ANSPs, Airports, EUROCONTROL, European Commission, SESAR, ACARE WG1 and ComplexWorld, have made Mercury a reality!


Cool Timeline

September 12

Domino launched

SESAR - Domino project launched, exploring the coupling of ATM systems from a flight and a passenger perspective with focus on Dynamic Cost Indexing (DCI), User-Driven Prioritisation Process (UDPP) and Extended Arrival Manager (E-AMAN).
October 23

Mercury presentation

Mercury is presented to European Commission DG RTD and at the Advisory Council for Aviation Research (ACARE).
October 21

VISTA uses Mercury

Mercury used in VISTA in assessing the impact of conflicting market forces and regulations of passengers, airlines, ANSPs, airports and the environment in the current, 2035 and 2050 framework. New scenarios modeled by Mercury include: over-provision of ANSP service, fligth cancellations and increased emissions as a result of airlines recovering delay through accelerated fuel burn (driven by business and regulatory pressures).
December 15

DATASET2050 expands Mercury

H2020 project DATASET2050 expanding Mercury to a full door-to-door paradigm which allows to further develop mobility metrics, understand the air transport services supply currently and in the future. Overall, this turns Mercury in a state-of-the-art tool for novel concept foundations and bottlenecks. Mercury also gets a brand new cost of delay models and updated passenger itinerary models.
November 24

SESAR uses Mercury

SESAR ComplexityCosts project used Mercury features for the analysis of cost resilience for different mechanisms, such as dynamic cost indexing, A-CDM or the increase ATCO hours in selected sectors, and to analyse system disruptions, such as weather or industrial actions.
March 3


SESAR outstanding award 2014 to POEM. Read about it here. 
May 30

Mercury first version

Mercury first consolidated version created within SESAR - POEM project: first capabilities included
June 13

Start of Mercury

Early versions of Mercury, used in a variety of internal research as a "macromodel mobility simulator"

Graphs using Mercury

Related projects


Passenger-Oriented Enhanced Metrics

Central to the POEM project is the design of new performance metrics and their evaluation through a European network simulation model under novel flight and passenger prioritisation scenarios.


Better understanding ATM network performance trade-offs

The primary objective of ComplexityCosts is to better understand ATM network performance trade-offs for different stakeholder investment mechanisms in the context of uncertainty.


DATA driven approach for a Seamless Efficient Travelling in 2050

The very first CSA that – through a cutting edge data science approach – will provide insight into the door-to-door European travel paradigm for the current, 2035 and 2050 transport scenarios.


Market forces trade-offs impacting European ATM performance

Vista examines the effects of conflicting market forces on European performance in ATM, through the evaluation of impact metrics on four key stakeholders (airlines, passengers, ANSPs, airports), and the environment.