UAE-based Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) has received a AED538m ($146.43m) contract from the Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) to manage air navigation services at its five airports.
The contract is initially for five years and is expected to be extended for two more years, under which GAL will take over services from the outgoing service provider Serco.
As part of the contract, GAL will provide the civil air navigation services at Abu Dhabi International Airport, along with Al Bateen Executive Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Sir Baniyas Island Airport and Delma Island Airport from 01 May 2013.
GAL, in collaboration with LFV Aviation Consulting, will also manage airports' communication and navigation equipment, services, which are considered to be critical for the development of a safe air traffic control environment.
ADAC chairman Ali Majed Al Mansoori said that the airport operator would deliver enhanced air navigation and communication services in line with international best practices from its air traffic control tower.
"Through the new contract with GAL, ADAC is once more guaranteeing safe and efficient journeys for our passengers and airlines," Mansoori said.
ADAC selected Gal upon a tender process lasting one year, which included other global organisations such as Navtech, Airways' Newzeland, AENA, Serco, and INWCO.
Additionally, ADAC will provide educated and trained Emiratis by Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, to support GAL in executing its navigation activities.
In 2012, GAL secured a two-year contract to offer air navigation services for the RAK International Airport in the UAE.
Image: According to ADAC, the five airports collectively serve about 200,000 air traffic movements per year.