Airport hubs: early beneficiaries of capacity-enhanced research
Some of the most important improvements to European aviation capacity, efficiency and resilience resulting from the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) can be seen in operation today at two of the continent’s busiest airports.
The implementation of European Wake Vortex Re-categorisation (RECAT-EU) procedures at Paris/Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and time-based separation (TBS) operations at London/Heathrow (LHR) are a direct result of SESAR 1 development and validation. They are providing both airports with increased runway capacity performance and greater resilience in adverse weather conditions.
However, EUROCONTROL’s Challenges of Growth 2013 study predicts that unless new sources of capacity are found for Europe’s increasingly loaded hubs, 1.9 million flights will not be accommodated in 2035, resulting in some 120 million passengers being unable to fly.
Enhancing airport capacity is therefore one of the key priorities for SESAR 2020 and the PJ02 work programme. This programme comprises seven projects areas and builds on, extends and integrates the capacity-enhancing work completed in SESAR 1.
Read our Skyway article to know more about High Performing Airport Operations – Increased Runway and Airport Throughput (PJ02) and its solutions, as well as EUROCONTROL’s pivotal role in the associated research programme.