AZAL inks agree­ment to hold CANSO-2020 Global Sum­mit in Baku

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

AThe guests got ac­quainted with Azer­bai­jan's civil avi­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Az­er­aeron­av­i­ga­tion Air Traf­fic Con­trol Cen­ter, Airspace Su­per­vi­sion & Ef­fi­ciency Cen­ter (ASEC) and the new air­port com­plex of the Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

At the meet­ing with AZAL Pres­i­dent Ja­hangir As­garov, the is­sues of hold­ing the Global ATM Sum­mit in Baku were dis­cussed.

Also, the par­ties dis­cussed the prospects for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Az­er­aeron­av­i­ga­tion Air Traf­fic Con­trol Cen­ter (AZANS) and CANSO, in­clud­ing the is­sues of join­ing of AZANS to the CANSO Europe Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, as well as Azer­bai­jani spe­cial­ists’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­ing groups of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Cre­ation of CANSO joint train­ing cen­ter and open­ing of air traf­fic con­trol cen­ter us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence by 2020 Sum­mit was also dis­cussed at the meet­ing. A de­vel­op­ment strat­egy, which is cur­rently elab­o­rated only un­til 2020, will be adopted at 2020 Sam­mit in Baku.

Jeff Poole noted the great achieve­ments of Azer­bai­jan's civil avi­a­tion, which is be­com­ing more at­trac­tive to the global avi­a­tion com­mu­nity. Air­lines in­creas­ingly pre­fer to fly over the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, which pro­vides a high level of flight safety thanks to the most mod­ern sys­tem of air nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment. It is fore­casted that flights over Azer­bai­jan will in­crease in the fol­low­ing years.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, As­garov and Jeff Poole signed the agree­ment on hold­ing the CANSO Air Nav­i­ga­tion Sum­mit in Baku from June 8 to June 12, 2020.

It should be noted that the can­di­dacy of Baku to host CANSO AGM2020 was unan­i­mously cho­sen at a meet­ing of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (con­sists of the lead­ers of the FAA (US), air nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems of Canada, Ger­many, the Czech Re­pub­lic, Ar­gentina, civil avi­a­tion ad­min­is­tra­tions of Sin­ga­pore, Tan­za­nia, the United King­dom and Saudi Ara­bia) in Bangkok. Over 70 coun­tries voted for the can­di­dacy of Baku dur­ing the CANSO gen­eral meet­ing.

The an­nual Global ATM Sum­mit is one of the most pres­ti­gious events in the field of civil avi­a­tion. Over 250 par­tic­i­pants from more than 100 coun­tries take part at the sum­mit. Due to its scale this event is of­ten com­pared with the Olympic Games in the field of avi­a­tion.

Such a large-scale and im­por­tant sum­mit in the his­tory of Azer­bai­jan's civil avi­a­tion will be held for the first time in Baku. CANSO's de­ci­sion to en­trust the hold­ing of the in­ter­na­tional sum­mit of great im­por­tance in Baku is a clear in­di­ca­tor of Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev’s con­stant at­ten­tion and care to the civil avi­a­tion, as well as the suc­cesses achieved in this sphere.

The struc­tural sub­di­vi­sion of CJSC Azer­bai­jan Air­lines - Az­er­aeron­av­i­ga­tion (AZANS) is one of the key air traf­fic con­trol de­part­ments link­ing Europe and Asia.

An­nu­ally over 90,000 tran­sit flights are car­ried out over the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan. Fa­vor­able ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the coun­try also al­lowed to open the Airspace Su­per­vi­sion & Ef­fi­ciency Cen­ter (ASEC), the only one in the for­mer Soviet Union.

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