London City Airport has become the first major international airport in the world to be fully controlled by a remote digital air traffic control tower.
The news follows intensive testing and live trials of the revolutionary technology during lockdown.
All flights on the summer schedule are being guided to land by air traffic controllers based 115-kilometres away at Nats’ air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire.
Controllers will be using an ‘enhanced reality’ view supplied by a state-of-the-art 50 metres digital control tower.
The technology marks a step-change in global air traffic management and will help the airport meet an expected surge in demand for flying during the summer season as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
The multi-million-pound investment in the proven remote digital technology marks a major milestone in City Airport’s investment in its future, following the completion of new aircraft stands and a full-length parallel taxiway which became operational in December.
Alison FitzGerald, chief operating officer at London City Airport, said: “We are immensely proud to become the first major international airport to adopt this pioneering technology.
“This investment in smart infrastructure…