UAE and Bahrain make airspace changes

Two new airspace routes added between the GCC countries.
NEWS, Aviation


By: Ruchi Shroff

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has changed its airspace in coordination with the Kingdom of Bahrain, Air Traffic Management has reported.

This change in the airspace structure will increase the capacity of the airspace and facilitate the flow of traffic between UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The modification consists of introducing three routes instead of the current unique entry route in addition to the introduction of other changes in the procedures for handling traffic flow that will contribute effectively in decreasing airspace congestion.

These plans came after few phases of an improvement plan in partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dubai Air Navigation Services. The previous amendment took place in the end of 2012 with the restructuring of the airspace and the creation of a new sector called the “Delta” increasing airspace capacity by 55%.

Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, that “since the establishment of the airspace of the United Arab Emirates there was one single route linking the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Bahrain. This change is a natural result of the large increase in air traffic movement in the UAE and the region the introduction of three routes accommodate air traffic increase.”

Ahmed Al Jallaf, executive director of Air Navigation Services and Chairman of UAE National Airspace Advisory Committee commented: “Improving the capacity of UAE airspace comes on top of our priorities, Air Navigation Services Sector seeks to establish a smooth flow of traffic while ensuring the security and safety of airspace as well as the efficiency of operations.” Al Jallaf praised the cooperation and effective coordination between the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre all involved entities which contributed to the latest change, including GCAA expert Mr. Talal Al Hammadi, Head of Airspace Coordination Section for ensuring smooth flow of operations and planning.

Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre (SZC), is the largest Air Traffic Management facility in the Middle East. The UAE airspace is among the smallest and most important airspaces in the world due to the strategic location of the UAE being the link between the East and West. Inaugurated in 2009, Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center aims at accommodating the growth in the aviation sector, soon receiving the Sheikh Khalifa Award for the best technical experience category, in recognition to the advanced technologies used at the center. The center was honored by the visit of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in July 2012.

The center today handles more than 2100 air traffic movements per day for the 8 international airports in the UAE as well as the over flying movements. The center hosts 9 air traffic sectors and the Approach air traffic services to Al Ain International airport.

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