NATS Services Ltd (NSL) has been awarded a 1.8m contract to fit out the Isle of Mans new airport tower with the latest in avionics and air traffic control technology.
NSL, the commercial arm of NATS, the UKs leading provider of air traffic services, will take over the project after successfully completing similar equipment installation at new towers at Edinburgh and Newcastle airports, on time, to budget and with no service interruption. Work begins on the new 35-metre tower in August and the building is planned to be operational by 2010, at an estimated cost of 6.5m. Paul Reid, Chief Operating Officer of NSL, said: Were delighted to be working on this important infrastructure requirement for the island. We proved we have the expertise, project management skills and vision to make this happen on time and to budget. Our experience in this area was crucial and we can point to other tower fit-outs that our experts have completed successfully. Installing the right technology in the correct way and ensuring it operates properly is critically important for any airport. Our customers trust us to make that happen. Isle of Man Airport Director Ann Reynolds said: This will be the start of a new era in air traffic control for the island. The new tower will be seen as part of that change and also as a statement that the airport is using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. We have chosen NATS to carry out the work because we know they will see the process through from beginning to end and hand over an airport tower that is operational and resilient.