Punta Cana International Airport—the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic and second busiest airport in the Caribbean—has just signed up for Honeywell's SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System.
The announcement is good news for passengers, airport authorities and airlines in terms of decreased weather-related delays and improved on-time arrivals for tourists flying to the most visited destination in the Caribbean. The airport will also benefit from a boost in airport capacity and reduced air traffic noise while operators will see reduced fuel costs.
“We are committed to investing in the latest technologies to improve our airports’ infrastructure and make the Dominican Republic one of the safest destinations in the region,” said Dr. Alejandro Herrera, director general, Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation.
The world’s only U.S. Federal Aviation Administration-certified Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), Honeywell’s SmartPath technology works by augmenting signals from the GPS constellation, allowing pilots to make improved approaches and landings using horizontal and vertical guidance.
The GBAS provides approach path information to an aircraft for up to 48 different approaches, giving pilots greater flexibility to navigate in dense traffic and adverse weather while reducing noise.
“As the skies of the Dominican Republic get busier and airport traffic rises, Honeywell SmartPath will help pilots land more efficiently and safely,” said Pat Reines, senior manager, SmartPath, Honeywell Aerospace. “This level of investment in GBAS technology will help the country’s airport infrastructure grow alongside its visitors’ appetite for travel to the region.”
Honeywell is a pioneer in GBAS technology and has demonstrated the benefits of the system at more than 15 airports around the world.
The latest GBAS announcement was made at the recent 2016 World ATM Congress in Madrid.