Sudan has entered a new agreement to help South Sudan take greater responsibility for air navigation services in its territory.

As part of the new agreement, Sudan will assist in maintaining air navigation equipment until South Sudan takes over full provision of its air traffic services under a transition plan.

Facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (IACO) Air Navigation Bureau, the agreement will allow both Sudan and South Sudan to address crucial communications and surveillance requirements.

Additionally, the agreement will help South Sudan to install new air navigation infrastructure in the country.

International Civil Aviation Organization council president Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said: “This agreement helps to highlight how air transport cooperation continues to bring nations and peoples together to their common benefit.

"We will be working closely with our Sudanese and South Sudanese partners to ensure they realise as many benefits as possible from their new cooperation."

“ICAO’s Regional Offices have become more and more important in helping to assure that our organisation’s priorities for assistance and capacity building are as targeted and effective as possible.

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“And we will be working closely with our Sudanese and South Sudanese partners to ensure they realise as many benefits as possible from their new cooperation.”

Under ICAO supervision, a preliminary transition scheme will be established in order to create a new flight information region (FIR) managed by South Sudan.

In addition, the agreement will establish a South Sudan-Sudan implementation monitoring team (SSIMT) including representatives from both countries and neighbouring nations, as well as specialists from ICAO regional offices and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Both countries have agreed to a revised route structure to support more efficient operations, as well as flight information boundary adjustments.

Image: Deal signing between Sudan and South Sudan’s civil aviation representatives. Photo: courtesy of International Civil Aviation Organization.