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Dubai airport cuts flight arrival delays by 40%

New procedure has led to reduction of fuel consumption and cost savings for airlines

Dubai airport cuts flight arrival delays by 40%
The Approach Peak Offload (APO) technique has led to an increase from 33.2 to 34.8 in average air traffic movements for arrivals during peak hours while peak arrival delays is reduced by 40 percent.

Arrival delays at Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, have been cut by 40 percent following the implementation of a new traffic management procedure.

The Approach Peak Offload (APO) technique has led to an increase from 33.2 to 34.8 in average air traffic movements for arrivals during peak hours while peak arrival delays is reduced by 40 percent, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports and president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said.

Mohammed A Ahli, Director-General, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) said the procedure has led to reduction of fuel consumption and cost savings for airlines, while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 447 tonnes on monthly basis.

The APO procedure is a concept that is based on the possible re-allocation of lighter wake producing category aircrafts to Runway 30R during arrivals peak periods, thus accommodating the arrival flow more efficiently with the concurrent use of both runways at Dubai International Airport.

Dans is the air navigation service provider that manages the Dubai and Northern Emirates airspace.

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