UK. Leeds Bradford Airport, which serves 3.5 million passengers per year, has upgraded its Air Traffic Control systems to support its ambitious draft Masterplan proposals to deliver 7.1 million passengers annually by 2030. The Airport boosts air traffic capacity with advanced Air Traffic Control technology from ADB Safegate.

ADB Safegate has installed its AIRMAX Air Situation Display System for tower and approach operations to help the airport manage the increased capacity safely and efficiently.

John Parkin, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “This project indicates our drive to continually invest in Leeds Bradford Airport, enabling us to provide the very best services for passengers travelling through Yorkshire’s gateway airport. This investment will help us to support increased capacity as part of our draft Masterplan proposals to deliver 7.1 million passengers a year by 2030″.

“Our ambition is to provide even more choice to our customers looking to travel across the world from their doorstep. I’d like to thank all of the operations team members for maintaining exceptional service during the one-year upgrade, which has all taken place around everyday activity in Air Traffic Control services,” continued Parkin.

ADB Safegate has installed and integrated its AIRMAX Air Situation Display System for tower and approach with existing equipment. AIRMAX interfaces with radar systems and displays consolidated surveillance information of air traffic at the tower and approach control units.

Using the system’s intuitive interface, air traffic controllers can determine the aircraft’s location mid-air, as well as the location of ground traffic, to support safe and efficient departure and approach traffic flow. The safety net modules, installed atop the radar display, detect potential incidents and help air traffic controllers to ensure aircraft avoid conflicts and meet flight level restrictions.

Noting these improvements, Alan Siddoway, Head of Air Traffic Control Services added, “Safety is at the forefront of all of our activity and this work provides even more safety enhancements including conflict alert and modes at Leeds Bradford Airport.”

This is ADB Safegate’s second key airport project in the UK since the East Midlands Airport went live in 2015. The company is also involved in projects at Prestwick and Birmingham that are currently underway.

“This major, one-year ATC upgrade at Leeds Bradford Airport is part of an ambitious capacity expansion, and involved replacing an older system as well as integrating with existing equipment, and presented high levels of complexity. We handled this effectively to ensure a smooth and painless migration to the new system,” said Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB Safegate

 For more information and media enquiries: 

Jean Luc Devisscher
Media Relations, ADB Safegate
Phone: +32 473 788 055
E-mail: jeanluc.devisscher@adbsafegate.com

Lotta Jacobsson
Media Relations, ADB Safegate
Phone: +46 70 508 80 05
E-mail: lotta.jacobsson@adbsafegate.com

Kayley Worsley
PR and Public Affairs Manager, Leeds Bradford Airport
Phone: +44 7710 075 279
E-mail: kayley.worsley@lba.co.uk

ADB Safegate is a leading provider of intelligent solutions that deliver superior airport performance from approach to departure. The company partners with airports to analyze their current setup and operations, identify bottlenecks, and jointly solve them using a consultative approach that enables airports to improve efficiency, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, and reduce operational costs. Our integrated portfolio includes solutions and services that harmonize airport performance, tackling every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems, and intelligent gate and docking automation. ADB Safegate has more than 900 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,000 airports.