Flight monitoring system on course for upgrade
Greece has moved a step closer to upgrading its flight monitoring system, which was purchased in 1997 and is nearing the end of its working life.
Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said yesterday that he is proceeding with the tender process for the project to improve the current system. However, experts say that a new system will be required soon despite the upgrade.
“The current radar system has been upgraded three or four times at a cost of around 30 million euros, which is around what a new one costs,” said Panayiotis Hatzakis, general secretary of the Union of Air-Traffic Controllers. He added that the current system will not comply with international standards by 2020.
According to ministry sources, the latest upgrade would be incorporated into the new system and is necessary as installing a new flight monitoring package will take some time.