Saab believes that the aviation industry in Indonesia is one of the most important in Asia Pacific today. As well as Soekarno-Hatta serving around 1,200 flights daily, placing it among the 10 busiest airports worldwide, there is rapid growth in aircraft flying to regional airports.
Saab is concentrating its efforts to help the relevant organisations increase the capacity of the air traffic system in Indonesia and also to make sure that all of this is done in the safest possible way. Mark Robinson, Saab’s Sales Director for Air Traffic Management in Asia Pacific explains how this ground breaking technology can meet Indonesia’s requirements.
This is very good news for Saab and the future of Air Traffic management, how does it affect your sales efforts in Indonesia?
For Indonesia as in all countries, it is of utmost importance that any air traffic management system is safe and reliable. This world first operational approval of a remote tower system shows that Saab is the clear market leader in this domain and that our technology can be trusted.
Can you explain why Remote Tower operations will suit the Indonesian context so well?
As we all know Indonesia has over 17,000 islands in the archipelago and depends very much upon aviation for commercial and tourism reasons. Providing a full air traffic control service at many of these locations can be very expensive. This ground breaking concept of remote tower technology now gives Indonesian aviation the possibility of having full ATC services at a fraction of the previous cost and may allow some regional airports to operate with greater safety.
How are your discussions going with the stakeholders in Indonesia?
We have held some discussions with AirNav Indonesia staff and delivered several presentations. Saab would welcome the opportunity to develop a trial system with AirNav to help demonstrate the benefits of this technology.