Arrival management system to be extended at airport
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is to extend its award-winning arrival management system known as 'Point Merge' to Runway 10 at Dublin Airport.
The IAA is also set to introduce several other new procedures aimed at improving efficiency and accessibility to the runways.
Point Merge is a different and more advanced system compared to the traditional air traffic control techniques, which are employed at airports throughout the world.
Rather than using traditional 'race track pattern' holding stacks, Point Merge places arriving aircraft onto defined arcs or tracks, every point on which is equidistant from the runway.
From these arcs, the aircraft make one single turn and fly a continuous descent to the runway. Inefficient manoeuvring by aircraft at low levels and overall track miles flown are reduced. Continuous Descent
Approaches permit the aircraft to reduce their fuel burn by up to 250kgs per flight depending on the aircraft size.
Peter Kearney, IAA Director ATM Operations and ATM Strategy said: 'Point Merge is part of our strategy to implement new, innovative air traffic management solutions which deliver safe, efficient and cost effective services to our airline partners.
'We are committed to seeking new ways to be even more innovative and to provide further environmental and cost efficiencies.
'The extension of Point Merge to Runway 10 at Dublin is a terrific example of that commitment,' Mr Kearney stated in conclusion.