This will enable one person to handle multiple airports simultaneously. This will lead to a reduction in the operating cost as well asavoiding significant future investments in towers and equipment at each airport. The potential for better and more efficient operations is substantial.
A prerequisite for the introduction of remote services is that the solution will be proven to be as safe as, or even safer, than the current system.
Avinor operates 45 small and large airports in Norway. Many airports have lengthy periods with very little traffic, or significant variations in traffic volume during the day. Similarly, several companies operate their own information service for helicopters, including on offshore installations in the North Sea. Here too, the amount of traffic varies throughout the day and week. There are airports all over the world with limited traffic, many of which could benefit from remotely operated air traffic services.
Every change in aviation is governed by strict safety regulations. Avinor conducts comprehensive safety analyses of each change in systems, procedures and working methods.. The technologies used for remote towers involve several solutions that provide tower staff with more information than they currently have in traditional towers. Remote towers will only be introduced when it is well-documented that the solution ensures safety levels equivalent to or better than the current solutions.
The introduction of remote towers, will primarily facilitate greater efficiency. Operating air traffic services for several airports from one working position could cut costs by 30-40%. Investment in new towers can also be avoided, and maintenance costs at each airport are expected to be significantly lower. This in turn will result in lower costs for the airport and reduced charges for the airlines.
In addition to lower prices, the remote towers will also facilitate a better tower service than today. For airlines and airports, remote services can offer more flexible opening hours than we have today, because it will be easier to open or close the tower service. For employees, it provides opportunities to work in a larger working environment with more variation of daily tasks and consequently a higher degree of job satisfaction.