UAE to im­ple­ment ma­jor airspace re­struc­tur­ing

Gulf Business - - NEWS AND VIEWS - By Aarti Na­graj

The UAE’s General Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity plans to im­ple­ment one of the largest airspace changes the re­gion has ever seen.

Th eU A EA ir space Re­struc­tur­ing Project (ARP) will be com­pleted on De­cem­ber 7 and is pri­mar­ily aimed at in­creas­ing the coun­try’s airspace ca­pac­ity to meet fore­casted air traf­fic de­mand.

The plan will also en­hance ac­cess to all UAE air­ports, im­prove ef­fi­ciency for both avi­a­tion sys­tem cus­tomers and air nav­i­ga­tion ser­vice providers (ANSP) and re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the in­creas­ing traf­fic through more ef­fec­tive air traf­fic man­age­ment op­er­a­tions.

The sys­tem is ex­pected to lead to fuel sav­ings of over $ 15m within the first year af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The ARP also re­quires more than 250 air traf­fic con­trollers to take sim­u­la­tion and the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing, the re­design of over 200 in­stru­ment flight pro­ce­dures and in­cor­po­ra­tion of 30 new air­ways.

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