Lights, runway, increased capacity!

Mar. 3, 2017

Paris-CDG is one of the busiest airports in Europe with 4 runways, 3 control towers, 1,500 flights per day. In 2016, Paris-CDG airport, DSNA, the French air navigation service provider, and its partners – Groupe ADP, the Paris Airports operator, and Air France – inaugurated Europe’s first runway status lights.  This SESAR Solution is a fully automated safety system using ground surveillance radar, which provides crews and vehicle drivers with immediate, accurate and clear indication of the runway occupancy status. It is estimated that between 50% to 70% reduction of the most serious runway incursion occurrences can be expected thanks to this system. The solution is part of an ambitious strategy to increase the airport’s runway capacity in full safety.