Learning to be better
Airports are tasked with providing modern, safe, and efficient Air Traffic Control (ATC) services.
In mega-aviation hubs like Dubai, the ATC plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth and timely movements of aircraft in the airspace 24/7. As the air traffic growth goes up significantly, the onus rests high on the Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs).
Ensuring a seamless Air Traffic Management (ATM) is not an easy task in any sense. Air traffic expansion is the biggest challenge facing the airports in the coming years. The IATA has flagged passenger traffic increases of up to 100 per cent over current levels by 2035, requiring runways and air traffic control to be expanded.
There should not be any room for ATC inefficiencies. We should unlock our hidden potential. For cost-effectiveness, it is required to have a holistic look at the bottlenecks and operational productivity, along with digital transformation and utilizing new technologies.
Bringing in smart and innovative technology that boosts efficiency, capacity and cut costs is no longer an option but a necessity now. New challenges to the ATC are emerging from the presence of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones in our airspaces. Joining them soon will be Flying Taxis.
The total aircraft movements to and from and within the Middle East will go up to 2,346,000 in 2025. A whopping 1.85 million flights movements may take place in the UAE in 2030, according to the UAE ATM Strategic Plan projections.
For the Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), which provides Air Navigation Services (ANS) at four UAE airports, cutting-edge technologies are crucial in today’s ATM. A smooth, timely and hassle-free aircraft movements is going to be a challenging task. One can say that we are marching ahead with confidence towards our journey of being ahead of others.
Mohammed Abdulla Ahli