8 radars integrated with air traffic control system in Chennai

The first-ever restructuring of upper airspace in the Chennai Flight Information Region (FIR), consolidating the space above 26,000 feet as a single continuum through networking, will become operational from Thursday.

Giving details about the new system, Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources told The Hindu that the new system is in line with an International Civil Aviation Organisation initiative.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had formulated the objectives and methods to implement the system with focus on efficiency and safety.

Under the new system, the existing airspace is consolidated and the Chennai FIR and five area control centres have been integrated through automated air traffic management system, coupled with a centralised air traffic flow management. Radars in the region have been networked.

The communication capabilities in the new system will provide flexible and dynamic sectorisation, prompted by traffic demands, the sources said.

Eight radars in Chennai, Porur, Hyderabad, Bellary, Mangalore, Bangalore, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and Thiruvananthapuram have been integrated with the air traffic control system in Chennai.

Seamless air traffic management, increased surveillance from multiple radar sensors, enhanced capacity and air safety nets, elimination of human errors, reduction in controller-pilot communication thereby reducing stress and fatigue to both and proactive traffic management are some of the advantages of the integration of radars, the sources said.

Talking about the advantages of the new upper airspace restructuring, a senior Airports Authority of India officer said that the new system would help in reducing carbon emission to the extent of 69.80 lakh kilograms a year. Similarly, the fuel costs savings would be $2.3 million per year. It would improve efficiency and enhance the gate-to-gate on-time performance.

The new system also has the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System.

In this the surveillance display will show the position and identification of all aircraft and vehicles on ground which, in turn, will enhance situational awareness in the operational area.

It will provide air traffic controllers with conflict detection and alerting tools.


  • It will help reduce carbon emission by 69.80 lakh kg a year
  • Will improve efficiency, enhance gate-to-gate on-time performance

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