The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has successfully integrated the upper air space over the northeastern region with Kolkata CNS/ATM facility as part of its ongoing initiative towards establishing a single continuum of upper airspace, according to a statement.
Upper airspace is the space above a specific flight level (26,000 ft and above) dedicated to overflight, while lower airspace is the space below that flight level, dedicated to airport approaches.
The integration of the NE Region upper space with the Kolkata Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) facility, was achieved on March 25, the AAI said in the statement.
This is a huge step towards enhancement of capacity, efficiency and to ensure the highest level of safety in the air space over India and associated oceanic airspace, the AAI said.
Till now, it was being controlled from Guwahati control centre, it said.
AAI had in 2014 planned for Upper Airspace Harmonisation (UAH) in the four Flight Information Regions (FIRs) of Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai, for establishing a single continuum of upper airspace as part of the safety and air navigation services improvement project.
“This (the integration) is a huge milestone for the Airports Authority of India as well as the Indian civil aviation sector. The single continuum in the Sky is a gift from AAI to ”Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav”,” said AAI Chairman Anuj Aggarwal.
The move will facilitate the provision of seamless ATM services resulting in the reduction of the cockpit work load besides helping in reduction of operational cost (fuel) and thereby less carbon emission through assignment of economic flight level and direct routing, the AAI said.