India now has a state-of-the-art 'air traffic flow management - central command centre' (C-ATFM) that will optimise utilisation of resources like airspace and aircraft at capacity-constrained Indian airports.
Solution to space crunch
Most airports in India are facing a massive infra crunch with terminals handling more passengers than their capacity and this system is expected to cut down on flight delays by synchronising aircraft movement with real time conditions.
India has now become the seventh country to have a centralised air traffic flow management system. This should help ease up conditions at airports with maximum infra shortage — Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore — and other terminals like Patna and Lucknow which are fast becoming new pain points for flyers.
What is C-ATFM system?
information along with static information about airports, airspaces and air routes.
It processes the demand and capacity information and provides decision-making tools to the ATFM flow manager for collaborative decision making and to ensure regulated flow of traffic at each airport in India.
The ATFM network
The C-ATFM system is supported by 36 Flow Management Positions (FMP) at various airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad among others. Eight defence airports are also part of the ATFM network which are provided with FMPs. After successfully implementing the Air Traffic Flow Management System, India has become the seventh country after the US, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Brazil.