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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.