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

Mohammed Abdulla Ahli