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One of the most advanced air traffic control centers in Eastern Europe has been opened at the Kharkiv international airport on the eve of Air Traffic Controllers' Day. Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul attended the event, the Information-analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
The new control center will improve compliance of Ukrainian air navigation system with European standards and will contribute to forming a Common Aviation Space with the EU in the framework of "Open Skies" program.
The air traffic control center symbolizes the government's policy of upgrading aeronavigation systems in Ukraine (worth over 100 million euros).
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in September 2013 bestowed Category 1 safety status on Ukraine's aviation industry, which has increased passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports by 6%.
Construction of the new air traffic control center was started in February 2011. The 10-storey complex houses the control center and a 45-meter high tower, second-highest after the Donetsk 51-meter high tower in Donetsk. The Kharkiv tower is the only one in the country providing 360-degree views of the airfield for air traffic controllers.
The center ensures visual monitoring of aircraft and monitoring of all aprons, runways, taxiways, and airspace around the airfield. The tower is provided with extra noise insulation, which allows air traffic controllers to better focus their attention.
The new control center will promote safety optimization at Kharkiv aviation hub, significantly improve the control of aircrafts and ensure a reliable and well-coordinated work of all airport services at peak passenger traffic and in adverse weather.
Experts say commissioning the facility will significantly improve coordination between different services. Now, they all will be located in one place, which will improve air safety.
Government analysts say the modern new center will attract the maximum number of airlines to the market (both internal and external travel of Ukraine), which, in turn, will help create new jobs and lower prices of airline tickets.
The establishment of modern information infrastructure at the airport is another important element for development of Kharkiv as a modern European city. It will significantly expand its tourist potential and enhance links with airports of Ukraine and other countries. The new center will create the prerequisites for doubling the airport workload in a few years, up to 60 takeoffs and landings daily. Supporting these flights has been resolved in the Kharkiv region for the next 50-80 years.