UAE set to complete major airspace restructuring project

General Civil Aviation Authority says project will future-proof the UAE's skies for the forecasted traffic growth to 2040
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By Staff writer
Fri 20 Oct 2017 12:30 AM

The UAE's aviation regulator is set to complete a major airspace restructuring project in December which aims to future-proof the country's skies for the forecasted traffic growth to 2040.

The announcement comes as major expansion projects are in the pipeline for both Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a statement that the UAE Airspace Restructuring Project (UAE ARP) will be completed on December 7 in what is being described as one of the largest airspace changes the region has ever seen.

On that date, the Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR) will be transformed into the one of the world’s most advanced air traffic management systems, the GCAA said.

The UAE ARP will use performance based navigation or PBN that uses global navigation satellite systems and computerised on-board systems. PBN offers considerable advantages to traditional sensor-specific navigation based largely on fixed ground-based beacons guiding aircraft along published routes via waypoints defined by these beacons.

The new system is expected to deliver $15 million fuel cost savings to airlines within the first year after implementation.

Saif Al Suwaidi, GCAA director general said: “The implementation of the UAE ARP has demonstrated our capability to safely meet the capacity requirements for the forecasted 2020 air traffic demand and beyond, but also the ability to deliver environmental efficiency and fuel savings.”

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