Indra modernises the ground surveillance system at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport ahead of the Olympics to improve its operations

  • DSNA, the French air navigation service provider, has opted for Indra’s InNOVA ground surveillance system to minimise delays and ensure greater situational awareness for air traffic controllers at Charles de Gaulle airport
  • With four parallel runways and four different towers, Charles de Gaulle is one of the largest and most complex airports in the world
  • The first step of the project will contribute to reliable air traffic operations during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Indra, a leading global technological engineering company for the aerospace, defence and mobility sectors, has been awarded a strategically important contract by Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) who is in charge of air traffic control in the French airspace. Indra is modernising the ground surveillance system (A-SMGCS) at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to ensure reliable operations and minimise delays and cancellations.

Head of CDG ATC Systems Department at DSNA, Laurent Giger, explains: “Our current capacity allows for the arrival of 73 flights and departure of 76 flights per hour, but if we are forced to use the fallback system, we can only accommodate 30 arrivals per hour, which would result in cancellations. With the upgrade, however, we can accommodate 48 arrivals even with the fallback system, which may lead to some delays but not cancellations.”

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