The planes are guided from a control tower located more than 100km away.
The international airport of London City becomes the first to control its air traffic remotely.
Swedish technology from Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions was recently installed in a 50m high tower at the airport of London City. Equipped with 14 high-definition cameras, the tower transmits video and audio in real-time to the NATS control center in Hampshire.
This technology marks a major change in the aviation industry, where planes are guided by operators based in the airport.
Alison FitzGerald, the airport’s operations manager, said the remote tower aims to improve efficiency and safety, she stated that all key components are replicated, so in the rare event of “a failure of a particular part of the system, there is always a backup.
Airport runways are viewed in real-time on panoramic screens which are overlaid with additional information such as radar and weather data.