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Sheikh Ahmed: We are working to redesign the airspace of the UAE

posted on 11/02/2016: 1481 views

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, has announced that Dubai is prepared to help other countries with their air traffic navigation as part of its policy, Speaking at the 2016 World Government Summit, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed said that redesigning airspace is good for "cost and efficiency".

"If we manage our airspace, it is in the best interest I think; we can save another 12% from our cost," he said. "Many aircraft are going round and round and circling for almost half an hour or so. That shouldn't be the case."

But for the Middle East to open up more airspace, "it is always [up to] government" he explained.

"We are working to redesign the airspace of the UAE. I must say, on a military side, they've been very helpful. Also, this problem doesn't exist only within the UAE. You always have to look at your neighbour. Do they have the capacity to manage aircraft pushed on them? "It's a business case at the end of the day. We of course will help neighbours with their air traffic system problems if need arises." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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