NATS, an air traffic management service provider, has awarded a contract to Altran Praxis to support and maintain its traffic load prediction device (TLPD) in the UK.
The system uses flight plan, tactical, and radar messages to make predictions on the timing of flights entering and occupying ATC sectors, ensuring optimum traffic flows.
Further, it allows NATS UK flow managers and local area supervisors to detect the possibility of controllers becoming overloaded in sufficient time, therefore preventing flight delays.
Altran Praxis managing director Keith Williams said: "NATS performs a vital national role ensuring the smooth running of the UK's air traffic management on a daily basis, supporting millions of people to make journeys to all parts of the world. TLPD is key to NATS' operation and we really understand its importance."
The TLPD also provides predictions of the loading on sectors, aerodromes, airways and other elements at varying degrees of detail.