Enhanced airspace capacity, fuel savings and greener aviation from the key deliverables of the Air Space Restructuring Project in the Emirate of Dubai
posted on Dec 24, 2017
In an unprecedented milestone in the history of Aviation, the Emirate of Dubai witnessed the implementation of the new designed airspace that enhances its efficient utilization to cater to the growth and the expansion plans in the sector. Spearheaded by Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, that ensured the implementation of 90 new air traffic management procedures and the introduction of 150 new way points, in addition to the training of 168 air traffic controllers to guarantee the successful and seamless transition to the new design of the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
The Air Space Restructuring (ARP) project aims at delivering crucial benefits to the aviation sector in the UAE at large, such as the enhancement of the airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond, and increasing access to all airports within the country. In the Dubai Aviation sector in particular, the project deliverables cascade into specific transformational results on annual basis such as enabling airlines to save fuel consumption of a total value of USD 14.6 million, driving CO2 emission reductions of 90,401 metric tons, furthermore enhancing air traffic movements capacity to accommodate continuous growth in the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli, the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) stated: “In accordance with the vision of the nation’s leaders to shape the future of Aviation, and in line with the vision of HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and the guidance and leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services, we are tremendously proud to be amongst the leading entities who have contributed and supported in the delivery and implementation of the new airspace design of the UAE. We highly appreciate the close support we received from HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and H.E. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, during the project, as well as the active management and noble cooperation spirit from the General Civil Aviation Authority. The past three years whilst working on the project, have demonstrated the importance of cross sector collaboration for the greater benefit of the United Arab Emirates. We are also proud to witness the Aviation sector arrive at new and unprecedented fronts, as it continues to cater to its prestigious customers of airports, airlines and authorities. Moreover, it is also crucial to acknowledge the tremendous and exemplary efforts exerted by the various project teams, who ensured the successful delivery and implementation of the project”.
Leading the implementation of the new airspace design in Dubai, dans has allocated a full-fledged team of its air traffic management professionals who supported and collaborated with all the entities and members of the Air Space Restructuring project over the period of the past 3 years. The organisation was part of the Project Sponsor Committee, and had appointed representatives to three teams (the project steering group, project technical team and the project management team) who managed and ensured the successful and seamless operational transformational into the new airspace design. Through their unique expertise and knowledge, the teams extended their support by taking on different roles such as advising on the new airspace designs, conducting 9 real time simulations on the procedures in partnership with the project vendors in Italy and overseeing the full project management framework adhering to meticulous specifications.
The first phase of the project which delivered the new design of the terminal airspace of the UAE was fully funded by Dubai Air Navigation Services. Moreover, the organisation in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has been a major shareholder in equivalence in the third phase of the project which delivered the implementation of the final design in Dubai in particular and the UAE in general.
Dubai Air Navigation services (dans) is the air navigation services provider for Dubai and Northern Emirates. dans also provides air navigation services for airport authorities and numerous prestigious airlines, such as Dubai Airports and private airports in the UAE.