IAA Website - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:27 AM

Since April 2014, the IAA's Shannon Area Control Centre (ACC) has been cooperating with NATS (UK Air Navigation Service Provider) in a Heathrow XMAN Trial.

When delays in the Heathrow holding stacks begin to build, Shannon air traffic controllers together with their colleagues in the Netherlands, France and Scotland are asked to slow down aircraft up to 350 miles away from London to help minimise delays on arrival, with the aim of cutting average Heathrow holding times by at least a quarter from the current time of just under 8 minutes.

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