UK air navigation service provider NATS and Eurocontrol have begun cross-border arrival management (XMAN) operations at London Gatwick Airport, a move aimed at streamlining inbound traffic and saving fuel. NATS shares Gatwick information with Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), which can slow aircraft down up to 350 nm from the destination. Absorbing arrival delays during the en route phase of the flight rather than by holding at a lower altitude reduces fuel ...

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