Additional capacity could be created at Europe’s most congested airports by further-optimizing separation times, according to new research by UK air traffic management (ATM) provider NATS. A series of NATS simulations, based on operations at London Heathrow Airport, have shown that a more bespoke approach to aircraft separations could be more efficient and allow for more movements. Currently, departing aircraft are grouped into broad categories, such as ‘heavy’ or ...

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