Check­ing all the boxes

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT -

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.

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