Checking all the boxes
There'll be future challenges that the growth of Doha will create and it's important for air traffic management to be recognised as an enabler to the economic engine of an economy, Swift says, talking the talk that Qatar loves to hear – “in line with the Qatar National Vision”. “And we support the human pillar through our model, which is not to just ship over a lot of British controllers to do the job but train nationals to be part of the ecosystem. Also, as the first in the world to set ourselves environmental targets, we satisfy the environmental pillar too.”
And it is important for NATS to have these kinds of drivers because Qatar is going to be an important market in the days to come. A country manager is due to be appointed and Swift feels this will give stakeholders in the country – airport, airlines, ATC organisations, aviation colleges, the military and even the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy someone to engage with to know what experience they can bring to the table. “The work we did to facilitate the operations around the London Olympics will be relevant here in the coming years. It was the biggest airborne security operation over London since the Second World War. The integrated military and civilian air space was optimally used without disrupting operations. It didn't happen by accident and took a lot of planning. We have been asked to advise the Brazilians for their World Cup and the upcoming Olympics and Japan has sought our expertise as well,” he says.