Did You Know the Highest Air Traffic Control Tower in the World?


The air traffic control (ATC) tower is a very important preventive measure ensuring safety of runways available at the airport. The air traffic controllers must be able to see the whole runway and every single aircraft which is on it. Basically, ATC responsibilities include not only coordination of aircraft and vehicles operating on the taxiways and runways of the airport itself. Also, they direct movements of aircraft that have already taken off and are near the airport, 5 to 10 nautical miles (9 to 18 km) from the airport (depending on the airport procedures). ATC provide services to all private, military, and commercial aircraft operating within its airspace. This time BAA Training presents you the highest air traffic control tower in the world.

The world’s highest ATC tower is a 132.2m (434ft) height round shaped building which stands at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Thailand.

The controllers in the tower get a 360-degree view of the 32.4km2 surface area of the airport.

The airport handles about 76 flights per hour and has an east runway measuring 4,000m long and 60m wide and a west runway measuring 3,700m long and 60m wide.

The ATC tower was developed by Siam Syntech-Unique Engineering consortium and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai). The tower construction was completed in 2005 with an investment of THB574.8m ($18m). Therefore, the technology and equipment needed for the tower were provided by Thales.

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