London City Airport (LCY) has become the first major international airport to be fully controlled remotely.

This pioneering technology will see all flights this summer being guided to take-off or land by air traffic controllers based 90 miles away at NATS air traffic control centre in Swanwick, Hampshire.

It uses a new state-of-the-art 150ft tall digital control tower and technology developed by Saab.

At the present time destinations currently served by LCY include:

Belfast City, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf – British Airways CityFlyer (BACF)
Amsterdam – KLM
Vilnius – LOT Polish Airlines
Dundee – Loganair
Luxembourg – LuxAir

British Airways will resume flying to Glasgow on 17 May and SWISS is expected to resume Zurich from mid-May onwards.  No news with that airline’s Geneva operation which is not expected to be resurrected until the skiing season, nor sister airline Lufthansa and Munich services.

BA is expected to resume its summer routes to Ibiza, Malaga, Palma, Faro and Mykonos before the end of May and also introduce Split and San Sebastian, starting in June and July respectively. It has already confirmed the launch of two new destinations from 25 June to Jersey and Gibraltar, with two flights per week.

See also BTN 19 July 2019   NATS at Swanwick