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Upgrade to enhance low-visibility operations

26 February 2013
Category:Media Releases

Sydney Airport and Airservices Australia have commenced upgrade works on the instrument landing system (ILS) to enhance low-visibility operations during poor weather or fog.

“Sydney is fortunate to have fair weather for most of the year, however, airport operations can occasionally be affected by fog or poor weather,” Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.

“This essential work supports Sydney Airport becoming a Category II airport over the next 12 months, which will enhance capacity during low visibility conditions such as fog.

“The ILS is a radio navigation aid, one of a suite of navigational systems that guide air traffic into the airport, particularly during fog or poor weather.

“Upgrade of the ILS follows the commissioning of stop bars on the airfield last year and keeps Sydney Airport in line with world’s best practice on safety.

“Less diversions and delays are good news for airlines and the travelling public.

“The works have been scheduled for a time of year to minimise the potential for operational disruption, however, until the end of March while the ILS is being upgraded, there may be delays in the event of unseasonably poor weather, such as that experienced over the past weekend.

“We will work with Airservices Australia and our airline partners to minimise any disruption these works may cause for travellers in the event of poor weather.

“This is a great project that will enhance operations at Sydney Airport and we thank the public for their understanding in advance.”


Tracy Ong
Manager, Media and Communications
(02) 9667 6470 or 0437 033 479

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