Metron Aviation Awarded Contract to Optimize Airside Capacity in South Africa

Metron Aviation was awarded a contract to evaluate airside capacity enhancements for South Africa. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) provided a grant to the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (ATNS) to fund the study. Metron Aviation, with its team members Landrum & Brown (L&B) and ACA Associates, Inc., will evaluate the viability of utilizing advanced technologies and procedural improvements to reduce delays and improve the efficiency, while minimizing environmental impacts of air traffic movements at the Cape Town, King Shaka (Durban) and O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) international airports and in the surrounding airspace.
Over the past several years, air traffic demand in South Africa has continued to grow at a steady pace. ATNS and Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) are interested in improving the efficiency of air traffic and airside services at airports, while continuing to maintain the highest of safety standards. The feasibility study will evaluate the baseline airside capacity at each airport, and recommend technologies, infrastructure improvements and Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedural improvements to maximize the airside and airspace capacity of each airport. The recommendations will be based on the evaluation of the technical, financial, environmental and other critical aspects of the proposed airside capacity enhancements. The Metron Aviation team will collaborate with stakeholders from ATNS, and ACSA and the airlines to develop a joint roadmap towards more efficient flight operations from airside to airspace.

"Metron Aviation has been working with ATNS and South African stakeholders for some time, beginning with the successful deployment of the Metron Harmony Air Traffic Flow Management in advance of the 2010 World Cup. We are delighted to extend our partnership with ATNS to increase aviation capacity in South Africa," said Jim Gaughan, President and CEO, Metron Aviation. "ATNS remains a global leader in ATM and is consistently looking for innovative solutions to provide benefits to their airlines, while accommodating growing air traffic demand."


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