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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GCAA Looks to Optimize UAE Airspace with Airbus ProSky

Juliet Van Wagenen

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[Avionics Today 02-11-2015] The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a major en route and air traffic flow management initiative with Airbus ProSky. The program will help the country to better understand its airspace challenges and develop a conceptual design for UAE en route airspace in the face of an anticipated doubling in air traffic in the next two decades.

With air traffic growth in the UAE expected to increase from 2,200 flight movements a day in 2014 to 5,100 flight movements daily in 2030, optimizing airspace is critical to handling increasing capacity demands, efficiency and overall growth. The implementation of Airbus ProSky en route development follows a UAE airspace study conducted in 2012 and 2013, which identified Air Traffic Management (ATM), airspace and Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) challenges, resulting in 53 recommendations for improvement.

“Ensuring appropriate readiness for our aviation infrastructure to accommodate the UAE aviation strategies rests as a top strategy for the GCAA,” said H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA. “The UAE airspace is considered among the busiest in the world and we are determined to continuously enhance the air traffic operations safety and efficiency.”

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