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Newcastle Airport introduces Electronic Flight Strips

NATS, the main air navigation service provider in the UK, has helped Newcastle International Airport install electronic flight strips for its air traffic control procedures. The new strips are the latest technology and show how effective electronic resources can be for the future of air travel and air traffic control.

The introduction of these electronic flight strips is a significant marker of the airport making the move from traditional paper flight strips, which helps ensure that shares operational data across every part of the airport is much easier to track and control. This change means that aircraft can now receive their departure clearance electronically which is not only more efficient but also reduces the workload on air traffic controllers and pilots.

This change at Newcastle Airport was commissioned 12 months ago and has been designed by NATS so that airport controllers can do their jobs more efficiently but also develop a system which integrates across the UK’s air traffic network.

Speaking on behalf of Newcastle Airport, Engineering Manager Nat Clark described the new programme as ‘a great success and now sees Newcastle International Airport fully integrated into the en-route network enabling us to provide a more efficient service to our airlines and passengers and help future-proof the business.’

Many other airports around the UK have seen the benefits of electronic flight strips, making it easy to integrate and manage flight departures with less stress on the airport controllers and pilots and more efficiency for the benefits of travellers and now Newcastle will experience these benefits too.

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