ATM Modernization

Relief en Route for Oversaturated Runways

By Nick Zazulia | January 17, 2018

Runway

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The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation completed a real-time simulation aimed at more efficiently using runway capacity.

Faced with European airports that are becoming saturated, the solution being tested is expected to result in runway throughput benefits of 8 to 15%. Olivia Nunez, a licensed approach controller and air traffic maintenance expert from SESAR said, “It is implemented in a very intelligent and streamlined way, so that the radar screen is not cluttered, despite the additional information.”

The exercise was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program and working in support of Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research 2020’s “Increased Runway and Airport Throughput” project. New system-compatible standards defining aircraft separation are expected in 2018.

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