“Air traffic is still doubling every 15 years and has historically proven remarkably resilient to external events. Capacity at many large hubs is already stretched and this trend will increase as less mature markets fulfill demand. Punctuality and speed of throughput are both impacted by capacity strains,” says the Strategy Director at the International Bureau of Aviation, Paul Lyons.
Against this backdrop of staggering statistics, controlling air traffic is understandably more complex and challenging than ever. Add into the mix extraneous factors, such as potential terrorist attacks and extreme weather conditions, and air navigation can be fraught and dangerous – and one of the toughest jobs there is. The technology behind air travel is also an unsung hero. From radar control and surveillance systems, to ground-based and satellite-based equipment and landing systems, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is keeping our airports and our airways safe.