UAE air traffic will double over the next decade

14 July 2013 (Last Updated July 14th, 2013 18:30)

The number of aircraft movements in the UAE's airspace is expected to almost double over the next ten years, according to a new report from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

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The number of aircraft movements in the UAE's airspace is expected to almost double over the next ten years, according to a new report from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

In 2012, the country registered a 6.7% rise in aircraft movements to 741,450, and the number is expected to reach 895,468 in 2015, over 1.13 million by 2020 and 1.63 million by 2030, the UAE Flight Information Region (FIR) reported.

In regards to growing congestion across the country's airspace, the UAE is carrying out a large-scale expansion of its airports, including those at Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

As part of efforts to deal with the congestion issues, the GCAA has collaborated with Airbus Prosky to restructure the country's airspace under the initial phase of the UAE Airspace Enhancement Programme.

UAE GCAA director-general Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi said that the study is focused on assessing the current air traffic operations and management at airports and in the airspace, and to provide suitable recommendations and solutions to enhance the ATM safety and efficiency.

"There have been many airspace changes in 2012, such as the RNP AR project in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Airport Development Phase 1 and the launch of the Delta sector," Al Suwaidi said.

"Now, there are ongoing airspace proposals due for implementation in 2013 with Bahrain and Oman. There is a continuous focus to enhance the ATM systems and procedures."

"The UAE is carrying out a large-scale expansion of its airports, including those at Dubai and Abu Dhabi."

In 2012, the GCAA executed the RNP AR project in Abu Dhabi, implemented Dubai Airport Development Phase 1 and launched the Delta sector's 9th air traffic control (ATC) in the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, in addition to several other airspace modifications, in a bid to boost the air traffic capacity by 55%.

The agency is also planning to implement several airspace improvement projects in 2013 with Bahrain and Oman.

GCAA has also setup the UAE Airspace Coordination and Contingency Cell and launched Arrival Manager - AMAN during the first quarter of 2013 to boost its ATM system.

"Training and research and developments have always remained our top priorities due to the valuable contribution they add to the level and quality of our services," Al Suwaidi added.

The agency is working in collaboration with all the stakeholders through the National Airspace Advisory Committee, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), IATA and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to offer safe and efficient ATM in the region.


Image: Aircraft movements in the UAE are expected to rise by 3.7 % to 1.63 million during 2020-2030.