Remote control: air-traffic staff to work 80 miles away from the airport

London City is to become the first airport in Britain without a staffed air-traffic control tower. From 2019, pilots using the Docklands airport will be directed by staff based 80 miles away in rural Hampshire. And the airport says moving the eyes on the skies to a remote location will make flying safer and more efficient.

“Passengers won’t notice anything different,” said the London City chief executive, Declan Collier. “It will only improve what we’re doing.

He believes that aircraft “turns”, between arriving and departing, will be accelerated, and said the plan will set “a new standard for the global aviation

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