In response to public demand, the number of flights at Cairns Airport is forecast to increase significantly over the next few years. Smart Tracking aircraft will be the cornerstone technology to cater for this growth in a sustainable way.
Smart Tracking was trialled at Cairns since 2007 by one airline and was made permanently available in May 2013. Ten tracks are used for aircraft arriving to Cairns Airport and one for departing aircraft. All but one of the tracks is within an existing flight path corridor. The combination of tracks represents the optimal routes to ensure safety and balance, airport efficiency and environmental impacts. There is no Smart Tracking departure track that will fly over the city. Smart Tracking will also have no significant impact on the altitude of flights over residential areas in Cairns.
At the time of community engagement on the Smart Tracking proposals, Airservices produced the following information documents: