Melbourne's New Air Traffic Control Tower for Even Safer Skies

Media Release

WT037/2014

14 March 2014

Today Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Airservices Chairman Angus Houston and Airservices Chief Executive Officer Margaret Staib to formally open Melbourne Airport's new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower.

Mr Truss said the new $19 million tower boasts the latest technology to make aircraft management even safer and more efficient, with the tower able to meet anticipated air services growth through Melbourne well into the future.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring our aviation sector can grow in an environment that is safe, competitive and productive,” Mr Truss said.

“Melbourne's new 75 metre traffic control tower will be the fourth in Australia equipped with digital technology and touchscreens, as the aviation management sector transitions from a traditional paper system.”

Mr Truss said the control tower system would integrate flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications technology.

“Airservices is internationally recognised as a leading air traffic navigation service provider and Melbourne tower represents continued investment in new technology and ongoing improvement,” he said.

“The two million passengers who fly through Melbourne Airport every month will benefit from Airservices' commitment to safe and efficient management of passenger aircraft systems.”

Airservices manage 29 air traffic control towers across Australia.