Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday inaugurated the Central Command Centre for Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj.
The C-ATFM system came with an estimated cost of Rs. 107 Crore and has already been implemented at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata airports.
With the growing air traffic flow in India, which is likely to expand in the near future, the requirement of ATFM has become the need of the hour.
The minister in his address said, “I am glad that this state-of-the-art technology/ facility is now operational and I think it will serve the needs of India’s civil aviation, but more than that it will also help to ensure highest standards of safety, that is most crucial”.
“I am delighted that with the commissioning of the cutting edge Central Command Centre, Central Air Traffic Flow Management today, India takes a lead in global air traffic harmonization & facilitating efficient flow across our skies”, the minister tweeted.
Countries including the US, Australia and Japan have a centralised air traffic flow management system. The system will help balance capacity against demand for optimum utilisation of resources like airspace and aircraft at capacity-constrained airports.
“The C-ATFM system integrates flight data from various subsystems like ATC Automation System, flight updates and flight update messages. The system also displays weather 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 the regulated flow of traffic at each airport in India,” Airports Authority of India (AAI) said in a statement.
“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,” the statement added.
Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India in his address said, “We have also visited CATFM facility in Washington. It will be very proud for us to say that we have reached to a stage and we have made a humble beginning which assures that in next five years time this CATFM centre will reach compatible heights with what the best of the world has to offer”
(With inputs from ANI)