Indra has secured a contract from Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) to implement a latest-generation air traffic system to strengthen the capacity of Saudi Arabian airports and control centres.
The three-year project forms part of the Saudi Vision 2030 programme to diversify and boost the country’s economy.
Air traffic infrastructure modernisation will allow airports to serve more traffic and significantly increase the number of visitors to the country.
Following the upgrade, the number of pilgrims who use SANS airports to visit Mecca and Medina is estimated to increase from eight million to 20 million.
Under the modernisation programme, Indra will upgrade the two control centres in Jeddah and Riyadh as well as the two approach control centres in Dammam and Abha.
Jeddah and Riyadh control centres manage en route flights for the entire Saudi Arabian airspace.
Indra will also implement its technology in the control towers of around 20 airports including the Jeddah, Riyadh, Abha and Dammam facilities.
The automated air traffic management system that Indra will implement is said to meet all requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
SANS’ position as a global hub and operations base is expected to be strengthened after the completion of the programmed expected in 2020.
It will also be able to address the navigation services demanded by the aircrafts crossing its airspace.
In recent years, Indra has been involved in providing air traffic management systems to multiple countries located around Arabian Gulf including Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.