NATS is the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year the organisation handles 2.2 million flights and 220 million passengers in UK airspace.
One of the main challenges for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) providing air traffic services to airlines is how to reduce costs whilst maintaining efficient operations, increasing safety and reducing the impact on the environment. In addition, an important aspect of the SESAR programme involves looking at how latest technologies can support concepts to optimise arrivals into airports; minimising aircraft ‘stack’ holding, enabling reduced aircraft fuel burn and airline operating costs.
To address these challenges, NATS and Snowflake Software collaborated in the 2013 EUROCONTROL SWIM Master Class and developed a prototype to demonstrate how reduced stack holding over London Heathrow could provide both economic and environmental savings.
Kevin Loy, NATS Information Strategy Manager, commented “This is a demonstration of how SESAR concepts such as SWIM can provide early and significant benefits to the airspace user community.”
Read the full case study here.