Heathrow Airport is trialling new technology that could dramatically cut travel delays caused by low visibility on runways.
Air traffic management service NATS has started a three-month test of the AI system, which if deployed could cut down lost time at the UK’s largest airport by 20pc and reduce the amount of late-running flights.
Heathrow has the highest airport control tower in the UK at 87 metres, but this means it can be surrounded by low cloud even when the runways are clear.
In these conditions, controllers rely on radar to know if an arriving aircraft has cleared the runway.
This means extra time must be given between each landing, resulting in a 20pc loss of arrivals capacity, and…