Airspace use critical for Middle East

Effective air traffic management is becoming critical for efficient and sustainable aviation growth in the Middle East, according to speakers attending the inaugural Global Aerospace Summit.

The summit opened in Abu Dhabi today with more than 700 delegates from aerospace, aviation and space sectors in attendance. UK air navigation service provider NATS particpated to discuss the pivotal role air traffic management must play in shaping the future of the aerospace, aviation and space sectors.

“This summit marks the growing importance of the Gulf Region to the international aviation industry. NATS is proud to participate in such an influential dialogue at this critical juncture in managing the rapid expansion of air traffic movements in the Middle East. Particularly here in UAE, where the forecast growth in aircraft movements is prompting serious consideration of how airspace can facilitate expansion,” said Paul Reid, NATS Services managing director.

“As domestic and international air travel increases across the region, now is the time for countries to implement effective, efficient air traffic management systems to ensure this growth occurs in a safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.”

NATS has worked with Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and UAE to support the safety efficiency and environmental performance of their airspace and has recently appointed John Swift as Director, NATS Middle East, to establish a permanent presence in the region. Demonstrating NATS’ strong commitment to the region, John will be based in Abu Dhabi and responsible for developing the current and future Middle East activities into a significant, sustainable business.

“With the rapid growth of aviation driving economic growth in the Gulf Region, an optimised ATC network is vital to keep pace with the speed of development,” said John. “As airlines, airports and governments are taking bold steps to future-proof their airspace, we believe that NATS is the right partner to support this progress.”

Opening the summit, Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy for the United Arab Emirates said the event provided “an opportunity to demonstrate the country’s progress and ambition in the aerospace, aviation and space sectors.” He underlined the government’s support for a culture of partnerships spanning the public and private sectors.

“As the UAE moves from an economy that has a solid base through natural resource revenues to one that will be sustained in the long-term through a diversified, knowledge-based approach, it is vital that we provide a platform for thought leadership,” Al Mansoori added.

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