Aviation veteran calls for EUROCONTROL type body

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Georges Hannouche, CEO of Bayanat Airports and Engineering Supplies (BAES) has called for the establishment of an Arabian Gulf body on the line of EUROCONTROL for air traffic management. Bayanat

“The aviation industry in the Gulf region faces two major hurdles,” he asserted.

“There has to be better coordination among the civil aviation authorities and regulators. The other is the need for the creation of a Gulf-wide body equal to EUROCONTROL with the involvement of all stakeholders and regulators.”

He added that the UAE had taken the lead towards making this a reality.

“Air traffic has recorded phenomenal growth in the past few years and the future scenario is no different. This calls for a unified and coordinated efforts at the regional level for ATM,” Hannouche explained.

EUROCONTROL, he said, had proved to be a success story in managing and regulating the air traffic in Europe through a variety of initiatives and programmes like SESAR. The creation of Gulf Control will be the first right step towards effectively managing the skies in fastest growing aviation markets. Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) has earlier this year signed a deal with EUROCONTROL which will help in bringing about better results in air traffic management in the region, he added.

BAES has recently completed the LIDAR and FOD projects for the Dubai International Airport. It was also behind the implementation of the facilities to handle the pre-clearance of the US-bound passengers at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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