View of approach runway 27 London City Airport

Air traffic controllers at London City to work via videolink  

A new control tower being built at London City Airport will be populated by a suite of HD cameras instead of humans as it looks to become the first big airport in the world to manage its traffic remotely.

From 2019, the controllers will view the skyline in east London on a bank of screens joined in a ‘seamless panorama’ in a digital control room at Nats in Hampshire.

City Airport believes it will allow staff to monitor aircraft on the runway and track the skies better than ever before, as the 360-degree view has been condensed into a 225-degree arc.  

It will also allow controllers to label their pictorial representation with radar info thus effectively giving tower controllers the best of both worlds. 

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