London City Airport’s new air traffic control room will be 80 miles away

PUBLISHED: 10:07 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:13 19 May 2017

London City Airport

London City Airport


London City Airport is flying to the forefront of technology by becoming the first UK airport to install a digital air traffic control tower.

The new tower will use 360° HD cameras and sensors to send a live feed with a panoramic view of the airfield to the control room - which will be based 80 miles away in Swanwick, Hampshire.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said that the “pioneering” new system “will enhance safety and improve resilience, setting a new standard for the global aviation industry to follow”:

“This cutting edge proven technology future-proofs London City Airport’s air traffic control for the next 30 years and beyond.”

The new tower will be in the airport’s long-stay car park, in line with the mid-way point of the runway, next to King George V Dock.

Building work will start later this year, and the tower will come into use in 2019.

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