Thales to create East-West flow centre at Baku

AZANS, Azerbaijan’s air traffic control and Thales are reported to have signed an agreement on the creation of the Azerbaijan Airspace Supervision & Efficiency Centre (ASEC) at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

The project will be implemented within the framework of the implementation of air traffic management system (ATM) and air traffic flow management (ATFM) in collaboration with Eurocontrol.

The Azerbaijan Airspace Supervision & Efficiency Centre at Heydar Aliyev International Airport will be a key centre for planning of air traffic flow between European Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU), located in Brussels and  the Air Traffic Flow Management Centre, located in Singapore.

“The fast growth of the Asian and Chinese markets, as well as the strategic position of Azerbaijan contributes to growth in both internal and transit air traffic, and therefore, our country is assigned an important role in air flow management throughout the region. Smooth implementation of ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan requirements will have a positive impact on air traffic flow growth in the future,” said airport authorities.

Thales will employ its ECOsystem platform for air traffic flow management which will enable aviation stakeholders to: better forecast demand and manage capacity; proactively optimise flights according to weather, congestion, etc; assess the expected impact of initiatives before implementation; seamlessly integrate with arrival and departure sequencing tools; reduce flight time, fuel load/burn, and associated environmental impact; optimise use of resources and improve controller productivity

The Azerbaijan Republic is forecasted to experience a sharp growth in internal, transit and over flight air traffic in the coming years as a result of the strategic position of Azerbaijan at a cross point between Europe and Asia, the development of Azerbaijan civil aviation and the rapid growth of the national fleet thanks to the country’s economic growth as well as that of its neighbors in Asia and China. Azerbaijan is foreseen to play a significant role in the regional flow management.

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