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GCAA completing restructuring of UAE’s airspace

Airspace restructuring project to increase UAE’s airspace capacity, increase airport access

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The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said on Wednesday it is completing the restructuring of the country’s airspace, in a move that is expected to ease air congestion.

The Authority said that it will complete the UAE Airspace Restructuring Project on December 7, 2017 to enable the evolution of “one of the most advanced air traffic management systems in the world.”

The airspace change was designed to increase the UAE’s airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2022, and increase access to all airports in the UAE.

The project is also meant to improve the efficiency for both aviation customers and air navigation service providers, and reduce the environmental impact of increasing air traffic through more effective management operations.

Saif Al Suwaidi, the GCAA’s director general, said in a statement that the airspace restructuring project will deliver environmental efficiency and fuel savings exceeding $15 million to airlines within the first year after implementation.

These savings translate to around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, he added.

The implementation of an airspace restructuring project comes after the GCAA in 2012 undertook a study that identified a need to develop a comprehensive airspace design to support increasing demand.

Implementing the project is also set to ensure the viability of the UAE’s airspace network for the forecasted traffic growth to 2040.

Aviation experts and industry professionals have long cited air traffic congestion as a key concern for the GCC’s aviation industry, and called for investment into air space technologies to ease that traffic.