Dubai: The Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) said on Sunday it has implemented new air traffic management procedures that aim to enhance the emirate’s airspace capacity to meet strong demand in the coming years.

In a statement, dans, the air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, said the airspace restructuring project will allow increased access to all airports within the country, and will allow the UAE to meet air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond.

In Dubai alone, the project is expected to enable airlines to save $14.6 million in fuel consumption, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90,401 metric tonnes.

As part of the restructuring project, dans implemented 90 new air traffic management procedures and trained 168 air traffic controllers to ensure a seamless transition to the new design.

“The past three years whilst working on the project, have demonstrated the importance of cross-sector collaboration for the greater benefit of the UAE. We are also proud to witness the aviation sector arrive at new and unprecedented fronts, as it continues to cater to its prestigious customers of airports, airlines and authorities,” said Mohammad Ahli, director-general of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the chief executive of dans.

Dans has been working on the air space restructuring project over the past three years. The first phase of the project delivered the new design of the terminal airspace of the UAE.