Airbus ProSky’s Metron Aviation division has been awarded a contract by Aerocivil Colombia Air Navigation Services to deploy the Metron Harmony air traffic flow management (ATFM) system to improve the operational efficiency of Colombia’s national airspace.

This will also enable a collaborative decision-making (CDM) process allowing stakeholders to share a common view of air traffic flow operations in real time.

The Colombian aviation industry is one of the key markets in Latin America and requires advanced and innovative ATFM systems in order to optimise the management of the inbound flights and avoid airspace saturation for the benefit of industry stakeholders and passengers.

Mauricio Corredor, director of ATFCM Group, Aerocivil Colombia Air Navigation Services, of Aerocivil said: "The Civil Aeronautics of Colombia, as part of ATM system modernisation, has decided to acquire the automated air traffic flow management system from Metron in order to address the growing demand for service by users of the air transportation in Colombia.

"The core ATFM principles, enabled with Metron Harmony, will ensure the most efficient use of resource capacity, and the highest levels of mobility and air connectivity that will meet user needs. In addition to the fuel and emission reductions benefits of ATFM implementation seen in other countries, the system will also support our strategic regional strategy of sharing operational data between the ICAO North America and Latin America regions."

Paul-Franck Bijou, chief executive officer, Airbus ProSky added: "We are delighted to be selected by Aerocivil for such a strategic deployment. Colombia, as one of the fastest-growing air traffic markets, needed a proven in-service system along with supplier professional implementation experience. We are honoured to be recognised by Aerocivil as the leading expert on such a key system of air traffic flow management modernisation".

The deployment of Harmony in other regions of the world has already demonstrated a tremendous improvement in reducing flight airborne holding times, together with a positive impact on noise and carbon emissions. As an example, airlines using El Dorado airport as their main hub will minimise their fuel consumption and optimise their operations, both in terms of efficiency and passenger experience. According to Airbus estimates, in Latin America and the Caribbean fuel typically represents between 30% and 50% of an airline’s total operating costs.

Airbus ProSky, the air traffic management (ATM) subsidiary of Airbus, is dedicated to improving the performance of global ATM. Comprised of recognised subject matter experts and offering intelligent ATM solutions, Airbus ProSky works with stakeholders to maximise efficiency, capacity and environmental sustainability.