Airways New Zealand has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to enhance air traffic management (ATM) capabilities.

The deal will bolster cooperation in a range of ATM and air navigation services (ANS) by improving professional development, information exchange and research collaboration.

CAAS director general Kevin Shum said: "Given the cross-border nature of ATM, both Airways and CAAS recognise the significance of cooperation to advance regional ATM capabilities.

"We are excited by this collaboration which will go beyond hardware and process enhancements to enhance the development of aviation professionals.

"This collaboration will go beyond hardware and process enhancements to enhance the development of aviation professionals."

"This partnership between two of the leading air navigation service providers in the Asia Pacific region will bolster our capabilities to manage the complexities of increasing air traffic more safely and efficiently."

Airways New Zealand chief executive officer Ed Sims said that the MoU emphasises the importance of closer Asia Pacific collaboration.

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Sims said: "Asia Pacific is facing a period of unprecedented growth with demand for highly skilled aviation professionals only set to grow.

"Airways New Zealand is delighted to share its expertise in aviation training with CAAS."

The MoU was signed during the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Asia Pacific Conference 2016 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Image: Officials of Airways New Zealand and CAAS signing the MoU. Photo: courtesy of Airways New Zealand.