Short term priorities

What should the industry be doing to meet the immediate – and future – challenges?

Peter MohringPeter Mohring, SERCO The ME industry (ANSPs, airlines and airports) must link together and provide governments and the GCC with the business case for change as the first step in the much needed transformation air traffic management in the Middle East. The risks to the future growth of aviation in the ME must be articulated at the highest government levels, repeatedly, in order to trigger the commitment, urgency and release of funding needed to implement a structured local and ME ATM transformation programme(s).

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, BCAA In the short term there needs to be constant review of procedures, airspace capacity and efficiency. This can be done by means of assessing traffic patterns and possible restructuring of airspace to meet the growing demands in this fast evolving region.

Mohamed KhonjiMohamed Khonji, ICAO Maintaining a focus on the GASP and GANP targets, and driving greater effective implementation of ICAO global standards and policies, will be the best way for all aviation community players to move forward and achieve practical, harmonised and collaborative progress.
Aviation has always made its greatest progress when our community works together and moves as one towards its objectives. By continuing to discuss and agree on further aims, through ICAO, both States and industry will help assure that this tradition continues well into the future.

Jeff Poole, CANSO The key to ensuring we can meet the immediate challenges and prepare for the future is partnership and collaboration. Partnership with governments is particularly important in the region: ensuring they understand the importance of investing in ATM infrastructure to reap the economic benefits of aviation; making progress on flexible use of military airspace; separating regulation from service provision; introducing better performance-based regulation; and cooperating to create larger airspace blocks. In addition States should implement the ASBUs. Technology innovation can be better harmonised through MEAUSE; and MAEP can act as a catalyst to develop a coherent, coordinated regional plan for efficient airspace management. All stakeholders should support the efforts of MEAUSE and MAEP.

Teri BristolTeri Bristol, FAA Industry needs to understand that each Middle East country has unique requirements and resource challenges. There is no one size fits all to solving the ATM system challenges. This is particularly important when looking at the Aviation System Block Upgrades and how they are designed to be implemented based on the actual need of each country’s airspace and traffic. Industry should partner with both government and aviation organisations to develop strategies that realise quick wins and eliminate redundant efforts.

Hicham Bennani, ACAC The industry could play an important role in this context, including:
• Harmonisation of the lateral separation between aircraft from FIR to FIR.
• Harmonisation of FL separation between FIR &UIR
• Data sharing, Radar, surveillance…
According to ‘No State Left Behind’, the industry, but also organisations in adjacent States need to work together to establish action plans to face the impact of the political crisis in the MID region, through mitigations processes (CDM, bilateral and multilateral Cooperation…) and for the preparation of a ‘post crisis’ plan.

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