Improved safety for airport and passengers give our controllers even greater confidence.

Customer: NATS

End-User: Heathrow Airport


– Making Every Journey Better


– Highly efficient and safe air traffic control while keeping traffic throughput high in all weather conditions

– NOVA 9000 A-SMGCS and Tower Display System (including additional safety nets)

Lifetime Value
– Indra Navia’€s unique knowledge benefits airport customers, increased efficiency may lead to higher duty free profitability and more satisfied passengers


London Heathrow is the UK’€™s only hub and caters for 80% of the UK’s international traffic. It is also the world’s busiest international airport, and third busiest overall in number of passengers, with over 70 million passengers and more than 475,000 movements.

Keeping the maximum throughput of air traffic at all times, in all weather conditions is therefore of utmost importance. At the same time, the level of safety must be maintained at the highest level. This responsibility falls to NATS’€™ air traffic controllers and on-site engineering staff, mainly from the new control tower building.


NATS selected Indra Navia’s surveillance solution; specifically, NATS relies on the NOVA 9000 Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS), and the NOVA 9000 Tower Display System. Both of these systems provide surveillance of aircraft on or around the airports area of responsibility, and advanced alerts to controllers should anything go amiss.

These safety nets include; Approach Path Monitoring€“ or AFDAS as it’€™s called on the NOVA 9000, which monitors aircraft on the final approach and alert if the aircraft is too high, low or too far left or right of the runway, and the NOVA 9000 RIMCAS (Runway Incursion Monitoring and Conflict Alert System)€“ which monitors the runways and taxiways for intrusions by other aircraft, vehicles or objects.

Lifetime Value

Indra Navia’€™s NOVA 9000 at London Heathrow illustrates why the company has such a well-known reputation for delivering customer-driven solutions. By optimizing efficiency, Indra Navia helps maximize London Heathrow’s passenger throughput. Highly efficient airports typically offer lower aircraft landing fees and passenger terminal charges, leaving more money in travelers’€™ pockets.

London Heathrow is therefore more likely to get a large share of total revenues from concession and other retail activities, parking, office rentals, and real estate development.


  • Annual Total size of Heathrow Airport: 1,227 hectares
  • Annual air transport movements in 2014: 470,695
  • Daily average air transport movements in 2014: 1,290
  • Number of airlines: 80
  • Number of destinations served: 185 (in 84 countries)
  • Number of passengers arriving and departing per day: average 201,000
  • Busiest year ever recorded (passenger numbers): 2014 with 73.4 million