Southampton Airport says a new satellite based navigation system (GNSS) will reduce noise and pollution from landing aircraft.
The existing ground based navigation aids for aircraft landing from the south ( ie from Beaulieu and Hythe direction) will be scrapped.
The Eastleigh based airport claims the new system will provide an instrument approach that is aligned with the runway centre line – which is optimal for both flight operations and safety – and provides an opportunity for aircraft to be configured more efficiently as they approach to land, which is likely to have benefits in terms of reducing aircraft noise and CO2 emissions.
.Iain McDermott-Paine, Southampton Airport Head of Airside and Fire Service comments,
“The airport is committed to being a responsible neighbour in terms of noise and emissions, as well as taking a proactive business approach for preparing the airport for the future.
“With the decommissioning of existing technology we have the opportunity to put in place a new system that offers a host of likely benefits, from enhancing safety to reducing noise and emissions.”