CAAS and NATS to handle air traffic challenges collectively

28 May 2012 (Last Updated May 28th, 2012 04:35)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the UK's air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to deal with air traffic management (ATM) challenges collectively.

CAAS, NATS officials

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the UK's air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to deal with air traffic management (ATM) challenges collectively.

The agreement will see the two nations exchange information, knowledge and expertise through the launch of a staff exchange and other programmes.

The co-operation is expected to help improve air navigation practices and service provision to enhance air traffic flow and staff performance.

CAAS assistant director-general Soh Poh Theen said air traffic management is a critical enabler for the growth of an air hub.

"CAAS needs to grow Singapore's air traffic management capacity to keep pace with the rate of growth of traffic at Changi and the region," Poh Theen said.

"We have implemented initiatives to enhance our capacity and performance with encouraging results, but more can be done."

The agreement also includes cooperation on designing new concepts to upgrade the existing ATM system.

NATS Services managing director Paul Reid said Singapore is beginning to experience the effect of sharp increases in traffic movements.

"It is our hope that based upon our experience managing some of the world's busiest airport and most complex airspace, we can work with CAAS to continue to deliver air traffic services and manage its aviation growth in a safe and efficient manner," Reid said.

NATS provides air traffic control to all London airports, handling 2.1 million flights in 2011, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic, as well as to UK's leading airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.


Image: Officials of CAAS and NATS during the signing of memorandum of cooperation on ATM. Photo: courtesy of NATS.