At Airservices, we are proud of our long-standing record of keeping Australian aviation safe, and 2018-19 was no exception.
Over the course of the year, we facilitated over 160 million passenger movements through Australia’s skies while recording zero significant safety occurrences. Our aviation rescue firefighters responded to more than 6,700 events (468 aviation related) and saved 21 lives.
While our standards of day-to-day service delivery are second to none on the world stage, we are also undertaking the work required to serve our customers and the aviation industry in an exponentially more complex and busier future.
In 2018-19 we achieved several major milestones in the OneSKY program, including commissioning the Civil Military Air Traffic Management (CMATS) voice communication system in our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney facilities.
The new voice communication system enables greater efficiency of our air traffic resources, enhances safety outcomes and minimises service disruptions. These benefits are already being experienced by all users of Australian airspace, from the major airlines and their passengers, right through to the smallest ultralight aircraft.
This year we have been collaborating closely with industry to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the national aviation network. We completed the foundation work for the Airport Collaborative Decision Making system and commenced implementation of the Long Range Air Traffic Flow Management platform in in the second half of the year.
These initiatives will provide benefits such as decreased fuel burn and more predictable arrival flows into our major airports for our customers and the industry. Importantly, they will also minimise the impact of air traffic disruptions on the travelling public and contribute to improved environmental outcomes for the wider community.