UK-based air navigation service provider NATS has been selected to provide a new voice communications and control system (VCCS) to London Luton Airport.

Developed by NATS’ service division, the new customised VCCS will be installed as part of the airport’s £110m renovation project.

The expansion also features a multi-storey car park and covered walkway, a new executive passenger lounge, and extended shopping and dining facilities.

Designed to provide 8.33kHz spacing and ED-137B EUROCAE VoIP capabilities, VCCS will enable interface connectivity with additional systems in the future.

The new VCCS will replace the airport’s current voice communications system.

"NATS is a natural fit to deliver these critical replacement systems."

NATS London Luton Airport air traffic services general manager David Healey said: “NATS is a natural fit to deliver these critical replacement systems with an eye to the future thanks to our dedicated UK-based engineering teams and extensive integration experience, as well as our track record of successful delivery across the UK.”

The new VCCS includes radio, status monitoring and simulator systems repositioned at new sites of London Luton Airport, which is currently undergoing expansion.

Once installed, the new NATS equipment will enable the airport to meet technical and safety requirements.

NATS, which provided London Luton’s existing communications systems in 2001, will also replace the VCCS and offer full testing, training, and safety management for the system.

In August, the company's advanced instrument landing system became active at Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland.


Image: London Luton Airport to install new voice communications system from NATS. Photo: courtesy of NATS.