Duterte inaugurates new air traffic management technology

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President Rodrigo Duterte today led the inauguration of new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City.

The new CNS/ATM Systems aim to make the air traffic and navigation of the country at par with international standards, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The project was funded by the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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“CNS/ATM is a state-of-the art computer and satellite-based air traffic management technology, which is similar to that being used by Australia, Taiwan, and other European countries,” DOTr said.

DOTr noted that with the use of CNS/ATM systems, air travel is expected to be more definite, aircraft identification to be more established, and safety of security of passengers are guaranteed.

The new system will also bring better air traffic flow and space management, which optimizes airport capacity and efficient use of airspace that will in turn minimize delays by helping aircraft operators meet their departure and arrival schedules.

“The CNS/ATM project started in 2009 but due to delay in construction and other challenges, it did not hit its target completion in 2016,” DOTr said.