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Revolutionising Europe's air traffic control system

In partnership with The European Commission
Revolutionising Europe's air traffic control system
By Claudio Rosmino
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As the number of flights in European skies is set to increase dramatically over 10 years, airports have to find ways making sure the safety and comfort of passengers is maintained

A revolution in European air traffic management has already begun as airports find ways to cope with the expected massive increase in the number of passengers over the next 10 years.

New ideas delivered by the European research project SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research programme) are creating brand new scenarios including a new way of managing flights between different sky sectors, and even digital control towers that can handle traffic remotely.

Olivia Núñez, AM expert at Sesar explains: "The main goal of SESAR is the improvement of all systems linked to air traffic management by using digital technology. We have to focus on how to use this technology in order to improve services for Europeans citizens.

"In Europe, in almost all the airports managing commercial flights, we have air traffic control. In the United States the system is different. A lot of airports, even those with a huge quantity of commercial flights, have no air traffic control. Instead in Europe we consider that it is necessary having a air traffic control because it provides more security and a better service."

The modernisation process is progressively taking off across Europe. And full deployment is expected between now and 2024.

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