May 19, 2017

London City first UK airport to get remote digital air traffic control

London City is to become the first UK airport to replace its air traffic controllers with a remotely operated digital system. The technology has been developed by Saab, the Swedish defence and security company, and will be introduced as part of a £350m development programme to upgrade London City Airport which will also include an extended terminal building, enabling it to serve two million more passengers a year by 2025. London City Airport chief executive Declan Collier said he is "Absolutely confident" that the system is safe from the threat of a cyber attack. The system made its world debut in Sweden at Ornskoldsvik Airport, where flights have been controlled by a remote tower in Sundsvall, 110 miles away, since 2015. "Nats airports director Mike Stoller said:"Digital towers are going to transform the way air traffic services are provided at airports by providing real safety, operational and efficiency benefits.

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