Global technology and consulting company Indra has upgraded principal air traffic control centres in Spain, allowing more flights to be managed in an environmentally friendly manner.

The company has already equipped five control centres with the SACTA-iTEC 4.0 automated air traffic management system.

These centres manage flights crossing Spain in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Palma de Mallorca and the Canary Islands.

Indra said that the centres which manage the approaches to the major airports in Málaga and Valencia are also equipped with SACTA-iTEC 4.0 air traffic management system.

The new version features advanced capabilities to manage traffic with the highest levels of safety and punctuality, improving passenger comfort.

Additionally, it will enable ENAIRE, the air navigation manager in Spain, to manage more flights with more safety and punctuality.

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This version is being implemented in the framework of the iTEC Partnership, in which ENAIRE is the founding member and Indra a technology member.

With the modernisation of air traffic control infrastructure, flying will become cost-effective and unnecessary emissions can be reduced.

In a statement, Indra said: “For the first time, the system incorporates some of the key functions of the iTEC air traffic management system, rolled out by Indra to some of the most important air control centres in Europe.

“With this next-generation system, Indra is preparing the country to adapt to the new airspace architecture being promoted by the European Union that is set to completely transform the sector.”

Indra further added that the new SACTA version increases the number of sectors into which control of the Spanish sky can be divided, thereby giving the air traffic control system the flexibility to adapt to any sudden changes.

Indra said that the controller position screens come with a better-quality display of aircraft position, speed, course and turning data, allowing more efficient management.

It allows the controller to view separation information in even greater detail during the airport approach.

The new technology also comes with new security features, which warns the controller when authorisation for level change given is different than the one selected by the pilot.