Airservices opens new control tower at Melbourne airport

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Airservices Australia has opened a new air traffic control tower at Melbourne Tullamarine Internaitonal airport.

The 75m tall, A$19 million ($17.3 million) tower is the fourth new one to be equipped with the latest technology, including touch screens and integrated flight, operational data and voice communications systems.

“Moving from the traditional paper-based system to a new digital system will help to enhance our service delivery in Melbourne,” says Airservices’ chief executive Margaret Staib.

She adds that the design of the new tower will allow it to meet the anticipated growth in traffic at Melbourne over future years.

Last year a record 30.5 million passengers passed through the airport, while there were also 218,000 aircraft movements. The airport has plans to expand its terminal area and add a third runway, allowing it to accommodate up to 64 million passengers by 2033.