SITAONAIR expands VHF coverage to support airlines operating across Turkey

SITAONAIR has announced that during the development of Istanbul´s new airport hub, the company has helped in the expansion of Very High Frequency (VHF) coverage throughout Turkey, the company said.

SITAONAIR´s expansion of the current VHF infrastructure enhances operations for airlines serving the regional domestic market and the country´s main airports.

In addition to the 29 existing VHF antennae which currently serve Turkey´s main cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, and Antalya, SITAONAIR is planning to install a further 14 at six additional sites across the country. This will include six new antennae at Istanbul Airport which opened its doors on 6 April 2019.

Istanbul Airport covers around 76.5 square kilometers and plans to accommodate up to 200 million passengers per year upon the completion of all phases. The developments come at a time when Istanbul´s air transport management services face increasingly busy traffic through the flight corridor between Europe and Asia, which spans the region, following the recent closure of Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

SITAONAIR is an aviation industry´s aircraft communications expert, that has worked consistently to improve and evolve from its VHF origins by embracing satellite services and VHF Digital Link (VDL) to deal with steep rises in air traffic.