Responsibility for air traffic control services at London’s Gatwick Airport changed hands at midnight on February 29. The handover from Gatwick’s previous long-term provider, NATS, to Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) was the culmination of a 14-month transition effort, the largest of its kind ever completed.
ANS, wholly owned by the German air navigation service provider DFS, will provide air traffic control and air traffic engineering services over a ten-year period at what is the world’s busiest single runway airport with a maximum of 55 aircraft movements per hour.
Managing Director Werner Spier commented: “The incredible effort from everyone involved in the transition resulted in a smooth and seamless handover of services. We are now looking forward to delivering high-quality services to Gatwick Airport and its customers in the coming years and providing the wider market with flexible, transparent and customer-centric air traffic control services.”