Australia to Install 24-Hour ATC System at Tasmanian Airports

27 July 2010 (Last Updated July 27th, 2010 18:30)

The Australian Federal Government has pledged to extend 24-hour air traffic control to Hobart and Launceston airports in Tasmania within six months to manage air traffic. Controllers in Melbourne will use low-level radar to monitor flights in and out of the main Tasmanian airports betwe

The Australian Federal Government has pledged to extend 24-hour air traffic control to Hobart and Launceston airports in Tasmania within six months to manage air traffic.

Controllers in Melbourne will use low-level radar to monitor flights in and out of the main Tasmanian airports between 10pm and 6am.

The Australian Government took this initiative following a recommendation by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), according to abc.net.au.

CASA former head Dick Smith said Launceston airport has no constant air traffic control system, which may cause accidents in the future.