By Andy Sambidge
ENAV is hired to optimise air traffic flows at new Al Maktoum Airport amid rapid growth plans
ENAV, an Italian company specialising in air navigation services, has been awarded the tender to manage air traffic services at Dubai's new Al Maktoum Airport, and to optimise air traffic flows in the Dubai area.
The company said it will play a key role as the airport - Dubai's second - expands to become the world's largest.
Air traffic restrictions in the region are seen by aviation experts as a key factor to hold back future growth in the region.
Tony Tyler, the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) raised the issue recently, saying the Gulf region offered a huge amount of capacity in a relatively small area, with "delays becoming commonplace".
"This strategic tender has been awarded to ENAV in the face of competition from the major international competitors in the field of flight consultancy," it said in a statement.
CEO Massimo Garbini said: "This result definitively confirms both our professional and our commercial capability. We are proud to be a partner of Dubai Airport, the largest airport and the one with the most traffic in the world, and this gives us a strategic position in the strongest area of world air transport."
The Al Maktoum Airport is the world’s most ambitious airport project, with five runways and plans to attract 160 million passengers, making it 10 times larger than the current Dubai International Airport, the company added.
The passenger forecasts for the airport mean it will handle almost double the number compared to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, currently the airport with the heaviest traffic in the world.
Dubai’s second airport has dramatically increased traffic by almost 50 percent already this year, it operator said recently.
Aircraft movements at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 46 per cent to 16,923 during the first nine months of the year.
The third quarter saw traffic soar 63 per cent to 6,686 movements, compared to 4,097 during the same period in 2012. The increase was due to a surge in general aviation and training flights, Dubai Airports said.