London City Airport will be the first airport in Britain to replace the standard dispatch control tower
by the remote air traffic control system. Instead of sitting in the tower above the air strip, air controllers will be in a specially equipped center that is 80 miles from the airport. From there, they will observe what is happening through high-resolution cameras.
The new system will be completed by the beginning of 2018, after which it will undergo 12-month tests, and will start working in full force already in year 2019. Similar systems are already in use in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. The new system was developed by the Swedish defense company Saab, and will be a part of 350 million program to improve the London City Airport.
In addition to the new control system, also the terminal of the airport will be expanded, which will allow to serve 2 million additional passengers per year. In 2019 the airport plans to replace the old control tower by a new communication tower that will be 82 meters high, which is 32 meters higher than the old tower.