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Luton Airport chooses NATS as air traffic service provider

Posted 22 January 2018 · Add Comment

NATS has won the contract to continue providing air traffic management and engineering services to London Luton Airport for five years from this November, it was announced today.



The contract, which was won following an open and competitive tender process, will see NATS controllers in the tower until at least 2023, with the option to extend that for a further two years.

Neil Thompson, Operations Director at London Luton Airport, said: “Demand for air travel is at record levels and shows no sign of slowing. At LLA we continue to transform the airport to meet that demand and bring more travellers easy, enjoyable and accessible travel. Working with expert partners is an important part of that mission so, after a competitive process, we are delighted to appoint NATS as our air traffic provider for the next five years.”

The NATS team at LLA has delivered major technology projects in recent years, replacing the Electronic Flight Progress Strip System in 2015 and is currently commissioning a new voice communications system. NATS has also supported the airport through its ongoing £150m redevelopment and expansion programme, which has seen passenger numbers double over the past three years to reach a record 15.8 million in 2017.

Mike Stoller, NATS Director Airports, said: “This contract was won in a competitive UK market and to come out on top is recognition of the fantastic work the team does on a daily basis and the compelling case we made for the future. The airport has ambitious growth plans and I’m delighted that they’ve chosen NATS as the best partner to work with on delivering those.”

The NATS air traffic controllers in the tower are responsible for the safe take-off, landing and taxiing of aircraft around the airfield, while the onsite engineering team look after critical ATC systems vital for the safe and efficient running of the operation.

Air traffic controllers at LLA managed 135,528 flights in 2017, up 3.1% on 2016, making it the UK’s fifth busiest and London’s fastest growing airport. Its current redevelopment is due for completion in 2020 at which point the airport expects to be handling 18 million passengers a year.

The new contract comes into effect from 1 November 2018.

 

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