Improving arrival efficiency and predictability
The point merge route structure provides a more efficient way to vector aircraft down to the final approach path. It allows departure and arrival streams to operate independently without risk of conflict, and delivers more predictable arrival times. The concept is simple. By designing standard sequencing legs ahead of the final approach point, aircraft can be guided along shorter or longer distances in order to reach a single entry point. For a busy terminal area controllers can start to sequence arrivals at an earlier stage, while pilots receive fewer interventions so can fly a more efficient approach path down to the runway.
This SESAR Solution #107 is now implemented in Ireland’s Dublin Airport, Oslo and the Canary Islands