|During a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, NATS Chief Executive Martin Rolfe and Hitoshi Ishizaki, in his role as Director General of JANS, last month signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for bi-lateral cooperation. Photo: NATS
[Avionics Today 07-20-2016] The U.K. Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and its Japanese counterpart, JANS, have signed a letter of intent for bi-lateral cooperation linking the foreign air navigation services provider with the government-backed Japanese agency. The agreement paves the way for ANSP cooperation during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Having played a key part in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we have amassed extremely valuable experience of dealing with the specific organizational challenges of staging an exceptional global event such as the Olympics within heavily restricted airspace, experience that makes NATS the perfect partner for JANS in its preparations for Tokyo 2020,” said NATS CEO Martin Rolfe.
NATS is currently structuring a series of consultations with JANS aimed at laying down detailed operational plans to deal with the expected spike in air traffic before, during, and immediately after the Tokyo Games. The agreement builds on a 2014 memorandum of understanding outlining the broad commitment of the ANSPs to working jointly.