The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has entered into a contract with Airbus ProSky to trial Harmony, its air traffic flow management (ATFM) system for air navigation service providers (ANSPs).
The planned trial aims to align air traffic demand and capacity at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and to install automated tools for modelling and implementing ATFM procedures for successful implementation of new air traffic control initiatives.
Airbus's Harmony for ANSPs offers a framework for exchange of flight data among users who share the need for a common view of air traffic flow operations.
Users are able to model and implement traffic management initiatives to balance air traffic demand with available capacity with the help of certain airport-based and airspace-based flow programmes.
With the in installation of Harmony for ANSPs, Hong Kong CAD aims to enhance operational efficiency while complying with the highest safety standards, improving efficiency in airborne flow restrictions, and increasing common situational awareness among shareholders.
Airbus ProSky CEO Paul-Franck Bijou said that Hong Kong is committed to a safe, efficient and sustainable air transport system as one of the busiest areas in the Asia Pacific region, which receives traffic from six out of ten major traffic flows.
"With this volume, which continues to grow at a rapid pace, Hong Kong is exploring the application of cutting-edge technology for air traffic management.
"Airbus ProSky is honoured to collaborate with Hong Kong CAD to facilitate and deploy solutions that best meet their growing need for traffic management optimization," Bijou added.
Image: The proposed trial aims to align air traffic demand and capacity at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).