EUROCONTROL, together with SESAR partners, recently validated two new concepts to improve runway capacity and manage noise, based on Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport scenarios.
The first concept, static pairwise separation for departures, tackled increasing departure traffic, with optimised wake turbulence separation minima, and improved separation delivery.
The second concept, dual threshold, involved landing aircraft on closely-spaced dependent parallel runways, using staggered thresholds to help reduce wake separation minima and increase throughput.
For a major European airport like Paris Charles de Gaulle, the new concepts, combined with the tools, can deliver significant benefits for departure and arrival peak periods and can make for a 10% increase of runway capacity. They also bring an added benefit of improved predictability.
If the maturity and relevance of the concepts and their associated tools are confirmed, EUROCONTROL will incorporate them into its runway throughput package to drive runway performance improvements at European airports.