The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has officially inaugurated the new Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC), to aid aircraft flying into Changi Airport.

The new centre will ensure the safety and efficiency of the complex air traffic in the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).

It will significantly increase the capacity and ability of CAAS in providing high quality air navigation services.

"The new centre ensures that CAAS is ready for the future."

The centre will be equipped with LORADS III air traffic management system, developed by Thales Group, which will provide greater control for area and approach, along with a paperless, highly-automated and integrated environment.

It offers a significant increase in traffic handling capacity, as well as technologies and innovative features that tap the advances in aircraft navigational accuracy and functionality,

CAAS director-general Yap Ong Heng said: "The new SATCC demonstrates CAAS’ determination to continually enhance our air traffic management capability for the Singapore Flight Information Region and Changi air hub.

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"With the Asia-Pacific aviation market already the world’s largest, expected to continue to grow strongly, the new centre ensures that CAAS is ready for the future."

The centre provides comprehensive air situation picture with the fusion of data from multiple surveillance sources, as air traffic controllers can also at a touch access different views and track aircraft positions more quickly and accurately.

It features layers of safety nets to alert air traffic controllers of potential traffic conflicts and hazards, and redundancies such as back-ups, ensuring that the provision of air traffic services for Changi Airport and the Singapore FIR are uninterrupted.

It has a new display and human-machine-interface sub-system consisting of smart menus and highly configurable displays for easy retrieval, presentation and dispatch of information.