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UAE, Bahrain open new corridor for air traffic

UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority says move will help to reduce air traffic congestion

UAE, Bahrain open new corridor for air traffic
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A new corridor of airspace has been opened up between the UAE and Bahrain in a bid to reduce air traffic congestion, it was announced on Tuesday.

The General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE (GCAA) said the opening of Airway "M600" connecting flights between the two countries would improve air traffic control issues.

Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, said: "The airway's initial phase would be to facilitate traffic landing within the Bahrain FIR (flight information region) which serves five airports.

"This Airway will reduce traffic congestion, controller and pilot workload and enhance airspace capacity which will improve air traffic safety between both states."

He added that the rapid growth and development of the civil aviation Industry and air traffic movements between UAE and Bahrain was the main reason for the opening of M600.

On Monday, the GCAA said the number of flights in the UAE totalled 55,842 last month, a growth of 6.7 percent compared to the same month last year.

The monthly GCAA report also indicated that there was an average of 1,861 air traffic movements per day.

Last month, Bahrain's Gulf Air revealed plans to increase flights, with the launch of services to Copenhagen and Nairobi and increased frequency to Milan.

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