US-based Metron has received a contract to carry out a study on the improvement of airside capacity in South Africa.
Metron Aviation, along with its team members Landrum & Brown (L&B) and ACA Associates, will evaluate the possibility of using advanced technologies and undertake procedural improvements in the country's airspace.
The study will look to reduce flight delay and efficiency of air traffic, as well as looking at ways to minimise environmental impacts of air traffic movements at airports in Cape Town, King Shaka (Durban) and O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) and nearby airspace.
Metron study will evaluate the baseline airside capacity at each airport, suggest technologies to be implemented, as well as suggest infrastructure improvements and Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedural improvements to maximise the airside and airspace capacity of each airport.
The company will evaluate the technical, financial, environmental and other critical aspects for the enhancement of the proposed airside capacity before providing recommendations.
During evaluation, Metron Aviation will collaborate with Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (ATNS), Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and airlines to develop a roadmap for efficient flight operation from airside to airspace.
Metron Aviation president and CEO Jim Gaughan said: "Metron Aviation has been working with ATNS and South African stakeholders for some time, beginning with the successful deployment of the Metron Harmony Air Traffic Flow Management in advance of the 2010 World Cup."
US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has provided a grant to the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (ATNS) to fund the study.
Image: Cape Town International Airport is South Africa's second-largest airport after O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg.