Fuel re­duc­tions to re­duce air de­lays

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport -

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.

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