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GCAA inks agreement with Bahrain

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) inked a MoU with the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ objective to upgrade all of its services, especially in the air transport sector with close cooperation with UAE.

HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA noted the importance of the draft agreement, which has been signed and raising development of air transport services between the two countries as one of the most important air transport markets in the region.

HE Mohammed Thamer Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation Affairs said: “The draft agreement signed with the UAE represents a qualitative leap in the organization and development of air transport services between two countries for providing legal frameworks that meet the highest aviation security and safety requirements. To create opportunities for cooperation between airlines of both countries to ensure the provision of distinct air transport services and alternative options for travel for all citizens and residents.”

The UAE delegation appreciated HE Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Communications, for his valued support for these negotiations, which had a great impact on achieving these positive results.

GCAA partners with Indra

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Spanish company Indra Sistemas (Indra) signed a contract to develop a new air traffic management system for Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre.

The new system will enhance capabilities in order to cater for the growth of the air traffic management sector in the country. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center provides air traffic control services to more than 2,500 air traffic movements per day.

The new system has been characterized as a ‘Next Generation Air Traffic Management System’. The specifications and functions being applied are ahead of timelines set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to meet the Aviation System Block Upgrade modules as identified in the Global Air Navigation Plan.

Once implemented, which is expected to be completed in mid-2020, the project will be a strong pillar of the country’s infrastructure and will represent a significant contribution to the advancement of the aviation sector and the country’s economy for next 20 years. The system will include functions to support and enhance safety and efficiency, with a clear focus on automation of many processes. It will also include the potential to enhance airport operations and will be environmentally friendly.  The system will help to save fuel and create an eco-friendly aviation system in the country through the exchange of flight information from pre-departure phase until the arrival gate at the destination airport.

The aviation industry contributes more than 14% of the UAE GDP.  The country has been witnessing a steady growth in air traffic movements ever since its inception as a FIR. This growth is expected to continue at a rate of five to seven percent per year beyond 2030 and is forecasted to reach over 5,200 daily air traffic movements by 2030.

GCAA launches a performance measurement e-system

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) launched an e-system for performance measurement, supporting decision-making, enhancing customer service, and providing information through smart devices.

The integral tool helps manage organizational performance and meet requirements of performance management structure in the Prime Minister’s Office. This tool also aims at providing higher management for the Authority in terms of ongoing assessment of the common feasibility of the Authority’s action plans.

HH Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General, GCAA said: “The GCAA focuses on sustainable improvement of its operations and services, and we are continually looking for new innovations. This would be across all systems and tools to ensure that our performance and results are, in harmony with the national agenda of UAE, and with the Aviation industry foresight”.

The recently developed system translates the vision of GCAA into clear measurable results that define the extent of achieved success.

This management tool includes a new system for providing instant information about all the applications submitted by the customers; companies or individuals, to the officials and the Authority’s Staff, in a way to process the submitted applications in a very short time. The new system provides analytical data for the officials about the status of the submitted applications to the Authority, which in turn supports decision-making and provides all information through smart devices. This system gives a clear image on the usage of e-services by customers and time to complete a transaction.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) provides 188 e-services for customers across different fields of civil aviation. These services can be availed via the Authority’s portal or a cloud App.