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London City Airport’s Tower Goes Paper Free

17/03/2010

London City Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower, managed by NATS, the UK's leading air traffic services provider, recently became a paper free operation.

The Airport recently introduced advanced Electronic Flight Progress Strips technology (EFPS), developed by NAV CANADA the civil air navigation service provider in Canada.  Prior to the implementation of the EFPS air traffic system controllers managed aircraft movements using paper strips.

The Airport’s transition to the EFPS technology increases the efficiency of the air traffic control operation by streamlining the co-ordination of departing, arriving and ground aircraft movements.

London City Airport’s investment in this technology further enhances the passenger experience with improved punctuality and increased service levels. 

Gary Hodgetts, Director Operations, Policy and Planning at London City Airport commented: “The Airports transition to the EFPS technology is a significant advance which has streamlined and improved Air Traffic Control operations.  Investment in this technology is an essential building block for the Airport and it ensures the traveller’s journey is seamless.”

Steve Anderson, General Manager for NATS at London City Airport added: ”I’m very proud to be part of the team that has delivered EFPS at City. It will enable our controllers to move aircraft in and out of the airport more efficiently, thereby saving time and minimising fuel burn.”

John Crichton, NAV CANADA President and CEO said "We are pleased that more of our colleagues around the world recognize the proven and reliable capabilities of this technology. The London City Airport deployment demonstrates the flexibility of our solutions which are adaptable to a wide range of local operational environments."

London City Airport is the UK's leading business airport serving over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA and connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.

Editors note

• NATS handled 2.2 million flights in 2009, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic and carried more than 200 million passengers safely through some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world.

• NATS provides air traffic control from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.

• NATS Services is the commercial business of NATS and provides air traffic control services at 15 UK airports including Aberdeen, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow and provides a range of other air traffic control services, engineering, consultancy, aviation data and ATC training services to customers in the UK and overseas.

• NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through publicly-traded debt. NAV CANADA provides integrated Air Traffic Management Technology Solutions to air navigation service providers, worldwide.

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Contact Geraldine.Nolan@londoncityairport.com

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