China’s Beijing Daxing International Airport is leveraging an air traffic management system delivered by Thales and Beijing EasySky Technology (BEST).

The air traffic management system has been deployed to enhance the safety and efficiency of air traffic operations.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, which was formally opened last week, is known as the world’s largest single-terminal airport.

It has deployed the TopSky-ATC air traffic management system, delivered by Thales and BEST, at its Beijing Terminal Maneuvering Area (TMA) Control Centre.

The system is capable of completing fallback flight data processing, flight plan synchronisation, multi-sensor processing and sending alerts to ensure consistent operations.

Thales and Beijing EasySky Technology is a JV between Thales and the Civil Aviation Air Traffic Control Technology & Equipment Development Company.

North China Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) selected the JV to provide an air traffic control (ATC) automation system to update the Beijing TMA Control Centre in 2016.

The project involved the automation of Beijing TMA, Beijing Area Control Centre (ACC), ATC towers at Beijing Capital International Airport and the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, Tianjin Approach and the ATC tower at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.

With this synchronisation, the ATC system in China is said to become the largest in the world. Around 290 controller working positions cover the country’s northern region.

Thales MAESTRO AMAN and DMAN technology was first deployed by the Beijing TMA Control Centre for sequencing and balancing the airport’s traffic flow and airspace.

The system is said to decrease flight delays and increase air capacity. It provides a seamless integration between area control, approach control and tower systems.

Thales has also provided navaids and ATM radars for safety surveillance and navigation services at Daxing Airport.

Thales North China vice-president Jérôme Bendell said: “Thales has been partnering with China aerospace industry on traffic management technology since the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and China.

“The group is proud of its history in the country and of having helped the growth of Sino-French cooperation in aerospace. Thales’s long-term engagement in China is once again reaffirmed. The group is a committed and key partner in China’s journey to becoming a more digitalised and innovative country.”