Airbus and China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on modernising the country’s Air Traffic Management System and to implement the latest Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies.
The MoU focuses on improving capacity and efficiency by harmonising China’s ATM within its own boundaries and with regional air navigation service providers that adjoin Chinese airspace.
Four projects will start this year, including flow management, airport-based collaborative decision-making, an assessment of capacity at Chengdu Airport and ILS-based performance improvements at Beijing Capital
By 2031, domestic traffic alone in China is expected to account for more than 10 per cent of the world’s air traffic flows. Beijing’s Capital airport faces chronic congestion daily, the result of poor visibility and military-related airspace closures.
“We are pleased to launch the ATM cooperation program with Airbus today,” said Wang Liya, Director General of CAAC ATMB. “The four projects we have launched now pave the way for a broader cooperation between us and Airbus in the future. The implementation of new ATM technologies is the key driver for the modernisation of the ATM system in China. The cooperation will help us draw on the experience of other regions to develop our future ATM systems, which will be more integrated with global systems,” Wang added.