Finnish air navigation service provider and airport operator Finavia has completed a project to roll out uniform radar surveillance air traffic control (ATC) system across the country.
After completion of the project, all airports and the area control centres managed by Finavia are now using a uniform radar surveillance system.
Uniformity of the system is expected to improve the functionality and cost efficiency of the air navigation services offered for air traffic in Finland.
The new system is part of the €20m air navigation system reform project started in 2009.
Finavia’s Air Navigation Business senior vice president Raine Luojus said that the competition in air traffic has intensified considerably over the last few years.
"Our goal is to maintain the efficiency of the Finnish airspace, while also ensuring the future competitiveness and safety of the air navigation services we provide for airlines," Luojus said.
"The investment now completed is a key element in achieving this goal."
Claimed to be the most extensive uniform TopSky air traffic control system in Europe, the new air traffic control system connects all Finavia-operated airports along with the Tampere area control, which manages Finland’s complete airspace.
Additionally, the new system aims to harmonise and improve the operational methods and the task of technical maintenance.
Luojus said that the uniform system will enhance the efficiency of air traffic in the country, in addition to other functionalities, by reducing flight time.
"Even minor reductions in the lengths of flight routes bring significant savings to airlines through reduced fuel costs and thus affect the prices of tickets," Luojus added.
As part of the reform project, the operator has commissioned the revamped the approach control office at Helsinki Airport in March 2013 for the implementation of ergonomic and modern facilities.
"The airspaces of different countries are in the process of becoming unified in the next few years, and the competition between providers of air navigation services will intensify," Luojus added.
"This will also require Finavia to constantly make investments, improve its efficiency and demonstrate an ability to make reforms in order for Finland to meet the EU’s requirements."
In 2012, the Finnish ANSP served around 310,000 flights.
Image: Finavia commissioned the revamped the approach control office at Helsinki Airport as part of reform project. Photo: courtesy of Finavia.