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The aim of this project is to identify and discuss relevant Synergies, Dependencies, Vulnerabilities and Conflicts between Air Traffic Services and Airport Operations.

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Introduction The aim of this project is to identify and discuss relevant Synergies, Dependencies, Vulnerabilities and Conflicts between Air Traffic Services and Airport Operations. Air Traffic Services promote the safe and efficient flow of aircraft both in the air and at airports and Airport Operations promote the safe and efficient flow of passengers and cargo between aircraft and airports. The International Civil Aviation Organisation sets Aviation Law. This is interpreted by the Civil Aviation Authority who then apply it to the UK Aviation System. National Air Traffic Services enforce this upon Air Traffic Control and Airport Owners enforce this upon Airport Operations. Synergies * ATS and AO work together to promote the safe and efficient transportation of Passengers and Cargo by air. * ATS co-ordinate the movement of aircraft in and out the sky and on the ground and AO co-ordinate the movement of cargo and passengers between aircraft and terminal. * In bad weather conditions when ATS cannot assist, AO vehicles are sent out to safely guide aircraft around the Airport. * ATS and AO work together to co-ordinate parking stand and runway time slots in order to achieve efficient aircraft turnaround times. ...read more.


Many aircraft were diverted to Gatwick meaning that air traffic control had to allocate extra slots to the diverted aircraft and they also struggled to find available stands. Ground staff had to deal with more aircraft and try to get a quick turnaround. The vulnerability of strikes is a major problem for these two elements of the industry. - Another example is when air travel controllers in Europe went on strike against an EU plan to put the continent's air space under international controls. The Single Skies plan would replace national air spaces with new zones of control based on international air corridors. The striking air traffic controllers believe the Single Skies system will lead to job losses and privatisation and could affect safety standards. The change in how the air traffic control system works could compromise safety. * Air traffic control direct aircraft to stands where they are unable to park because a vehicle or a piece of equipment was left there. * Weather affects the communication between air traffic controllers and airport operations. In adverse conditions airport operations has to rely on air traffic controllers to guide them around the airport. Miscommunication between airport operations and air traffic services can have serious effects. ...read more.


* In the first 3 months of this year almost 1 in 4 flights in UK took more than 15 minutes after the expected departure. That compares to 1 in 10 flights 7 years ago. Future * Privatisation of the air traffic control would mean en route charges would increase which means airlines have to pay more. * There are 2 million flights a year in UK air space this figure is expected to rise every year. More and more passengers are flying than ever before this only means more aircraft more traffic and delays. Conclusion The interface between ATS and AO is a vital part of the Aviation System. Both these elements aim to promote safe and efficient air transportation. AO focus upon the transition of passengers and cargo to and from aircraft and airport whereas ATS focus upon the transition of aircraft between airports. Air travel has increased rapidly during the past 30 years and will continue to do so. Air traffic control systems and airport operations have increased their role in the system and both most work effectively to ensure air travel safety. Airport capacity will continue to expand to accommodate for airport operations and aircraft and so the air traffic control system has to be efficient in dealing with the rise of movements. ...read more.

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