High-tech system installed at Heathrow to improve flight punctuality
June 22nd, 2012 by elisa

A high-tech computer software system is being installed at Heathrow Airport to improve flight punctuality.

BAA, the airport’s operator, says the £5m system will help to cope with the extra influx of passengers over the Olympic Games.

According to reports in the Financial Times, the software enables “real-time sharing of flight data between BAA, airlines, baggage handlers and air traffic controllers”.

The FT reported BAA’s head of airside activities at Heathrow, Tim Hardy, as saying that the technology would mean a reduction in time spent by aircraft on taxiways waiting for take-off, which should cut airlines’ aggregate fuel bills by £10m a year, and reduce carbon emissions at the airport by 30,000 tonnes.

He said the development would also strengthen the argument for a third runway at the airport, because Heathrow will be seen to be running to the highest possible standards.


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