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Airport ATC and ATMAccording to Definitions in Article 2(1) and (10) of Regulation (EC) No 549/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 laying down the framework for the creation of the single European sky, air traffic control (ATC) means a service provided for the purpose of preventing collisions, and expediting and maintaining an orderly flow of air traffic; whilst air traffic management (ATM) means the aggregation of the airborne and ground-based functions required to ensure the safe and efficient movement of aircraft during all phases of operations.

Both are two vital sectors within the aviation industry – all management of arriving and departing aircraft is of course essential for the safety of both passengers and staff. 

Furthermore, ATC/ATM has the potential to assist in increasing an airport’s capacity, therefore enhancing revenue generation and traffic growth. By processing flights more efficiently, an airport could increase its output; greatly enhancing its future potential.

Of course this cannot come at a cost to safety, so within this core topic International Airport Review details how airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airport operators and airport authorities are balancing the need for stringent safety policies with the want to increase capacity, using new technologies, automation, updated regulations and revised management systems.


Remote towers: A pivotal moment

28 July 2021 | By

Conor Mullan, Associate Member Representative on the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization’s (CANSO) Executive Committee and Managing Director of Think Research, discusses the progress that CANSO members have made on remote and digital towers in the last 10 years, what direction the concept might take from here and how members…


Air traffic management: From crisis to crisis

17 May 2021 | By

Duncan Auld, President and CEO of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), argues that the aviation industry needs to look at airspace design, defragmentation and procedures, and make substantial improvements to air traffic management, if it wishes to avoid a slow post-crisis recovery.


The rise of multi-remote towers

27 April 2021 | By ,

Digital remote towers help to leverage shared assets, improve efficiency, and enable new concepts of operations. Regina Bruzek, Frequentis’ Remote Tower Expert and Rainer Kaufhold, Research and Development Expert at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, talk to International Airport Review about the latest validation results, future scenarios and operational excellence.