NATS has signed a nine-year contract with Belfast International Airport for the provision of air traffic control in addition to also engineering services.
NATS in addition to also Belfast International have worked together for many years nevertheless This specific contract signals the start of a strategic partnership, which will ensure the continued future success of air traffic control in addition to also engineering services at the airport.
The agreement runs until June 2026.
the item involves a full team of controllers in addition to also an onsite team of engineers being present at the airport for the duration of the contract.
The airport has witnessed record passenger growth over recent years, which exceeded 5.4 million passengers in 2016.
Traffic is actually still on the rise in addition to also the airport is actually expecting to handle 5.7 million passengers in 2017.
Belfast International Airport operations director, Alan Whiteside, said: “This specific very sizable contract underlines our belief from the quality in addition to also professionalism of the service we receive by NATS.
“We confidently anticipate further passenger in addition to also aircraft growth, in addition to also with increased activity levels comes greater reliance on air traffic controllers who play such a pivotal role in our overall operations.
“Next year, we expect another year of record growth in addition to also for us to run smoothly, the item’s imperative in which we develop the level of expertise in which only NATS can offer.”
One of the first key deliverables for NATS has been the introduction of electronic flight strips earlier This specific year, replacing the paper strips in which have been used previously.
This specific reduces the controllers’ workload in addition to also increases capacity.
the item is actually the first ‘Hub in addition to also Spoke’ project delivered by NATS from the UK – where the servers are located at NATS’ Swanwick Control Centre in Hampshire in addition to also the data is actually fed to the airport unit.
Michael Cockcroft, NATS general manager, Belfast International, said: “Our relationship with Belfast International is actually an important one for NATS in addition to also I am delighted in which we are to continue working together, closer than ever before.
“The Airport is actually going by strength to strength, with record numbers of passengers travelling through every day in addition to also all of us at NATS are looking forward to working together to help successfully manage in addition to also drive This specific growth, safely in addition to also efficiently.”