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Spanish La Gomera airport to use automatic air control system

07-28-2010 08:51 BJT

MADRID, July 27 (Xinhua) -- For the first time in history, Spanish La Gomera airport will apply an automatic air control system to guide aircraft landings from Thursday, airport authorities said Tuesday.

The airport authorities said the AFIS system was no less safe than the current system of human air-traffic controllers, adding that it would help save 600,000 euros (779,000 U.S. dollars) a year in wages.

The first aircraft to land using the system will be an ATR 72-500 owned by Binter Canarias airline, on a 40-minute flight from the Canary Island of Tenerife.

There are currently five air-traffic controllers working at La Gomera airport and all of them will be replaced by the AFIS technicians.

La Gomera is the first Spanish airport to implement the system and others are expected to follow suit in the near future.

The island of El Hierro will begin to use the AFIS on Sept. 3 and the Spanish airport authority, AENA, also expects to install it in the airports of Burgos, Logrono, Huesca and Cordoba.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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