Airport Capacity Enhancement (ACE) is a national program that was commissioned by Airservices in collaboration with airports and industry stakeholders to address the growing demand at Australia’s major airports.
The goal of the ACE program is to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and to increase the utilisation of existing infrastructure in order to increase runway capacity. This will involve improving the processes and practices of air traffic controllers (ATC), airport operators and airlines to implement improvements across the aviation landscape.
Safety remains the aviation industry’s over-riding priority. ACE will introduce measures that improve the overall safety by ensuring smooth, planned operations with enhanced situational awareness.
As part of the ACE program, NATS Consultancy recently conducted a capacity study and operational analysis at participating airports. NATS is internationally recognised as a leader in the provision of air traffic control and consultancy services including some of the busiest airspaces in the world.
Strategic Plans have been developed for each participating airport focusing on:
- Improving arrival spacing
- Standardising terminal speeds
- Reducing runway occupancy times and pilot response times
- Improving communication between airport partners
Melbourne Strategic Plan and Roadmap Version 1.0 (Pending)