Fuel reductions to reduce air delays
AIRCRAFT at Perth Airport will carry half the volume of fuel previously required by Airservices Australia, to allow more aircraft movements.
Aircraft were previously required to store more fuel onboard in case of delays due to capacity problems at Perth Airport or the weather conditions that affected visibility.
For some airlines, the change may result in take-off weight being reduced by 700kg.
Airlines will now be able to re- duce their holding fuel from 20 minutes to 15 minutes, which follows on from a reduction two years ago of 10 minutes.
Airservices Executive Air Traffic Control general manager Greg Hood said reduced fuel loads would also apply to Brisbane airport.
“Brisbane and Perth airports continue to experience strong demand from domestic and international airlines for arrival slots,” he said.
Airservices has worked with Perth Airport to boost capacity using four methods.
Pilot education reduced the time aircraft spent on the runway; the Metron Harmony system reduced times in the air; terminal arrival speeds were standardised; and communication between airport partners was improved.
Metron Harmony saved 8700 hours in airborne delay time, or an average of 1.1 minutes per flight arriving at Perth Airport last year, according to an independent study.