Airservices Australia has released a study into a broad suite of initiatives to address and cope with delays and congestion at Perth Airport. Together with NATS- the UK air navigation service provider, Airservices Australia and NATS representatives visited Perth Airport to investigate and improve the airport capacity.
An 119-page report looks at the current in contrast to the future operational performance improvement opportunities. There are a range of recommendations to shape and prioritise works to cope with congestion at the airport. Airservices CEO, Margaret Staib said :
“Growth at Perth Airport, fuelled largely by the success of the resource industry and demand for fly-in, fly-out services, has been phenomenal,”
“This was a proactive study initiated by Airservices to look at the issues of congestion and delay and what action can be taken by airlines, the airport and Airservices to ease congestion and make better use of existing infrastructure.
“Some of the improvements will be realised in the short term, while others are more incremental and will take time to realise”
The report outlines key opportunities for Airservices Australia, Perth Airport Pty. Ltd, and the airline community to create vast improvements to the way that airspace and airfield operations are maintained for the future.
NATS has made a number of suggestions for improvement which will require action by Airservices, Perth Airport and airline operators over the next 24 months. This includes improvements in operational efficiency, airspace management and better airport infrastructure.
Initiatives that will be undertaken include reduced runway occupancy times of aircraft, improved aircraft sequencing to the airport and better use of taxiways.
An airline schedule coordination system will also be introduced by Perth Airport which will see the allocation of landing and take-off slots at the airport.
You can read the full report here : http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/atm_bn1-1334810.pdf
…. and while you’re there, read the Annual Report 2011/12 for Perth Airport : http://www.perthairport.com.au/Libraries/General_Docs/2012_Perth_Airport_Annual_Report_web_version_1.sflb.ashx