Dubai Implements Air Space Restructuring Project to increase Capacity, Fuel Savings and cut CO2

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Enhanced airspace capacity, fuel savings and greener aviation form the key deliverables of the Air Space Restructuring Project (ARP) in the Emirate of Dubai

Airlines to save USD 14.6 million in fuel consumption and reduce 90,401 metric tons in CO2 emission 

In a major milestone for aviation in Dubai and the UAE, Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), the air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, has implemented a newly restructured airspace design that enhances its efficient utilization to cater to the growth and the expansion plans in the sector.

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The ARP project ensured the implementation of 90 new air traffic management procedures and the introduction of 150 new way points, in addition to the training of 168 air traffic controllers to guarantee the successful and seamless transition to the new design of the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

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With ever increasing air traffic in the region, the ambitious and much needed air space restructuring project aims at delivering crucial benefits to the aviation sector in the UAE at large, such as the enhancement of the airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond, and increasing access to all airports within the country.

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Infographic: Dubai Airspace Restructuring Project Benefits

Aviation Resource Project - Infographic

In the Dubai aviation sector in particular, the project deliverables cascade into specific transformational results on annual basis such as enabling airlines to save fuel consumption of a total value of USD 14.6 million, driving CO2 emission reductions of 90,401 metric tons, furthermore enhancing air traffic movements capacity to accommodate continuous growth in the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

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Mohammed A. Ahli, the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) stated: “We are tremendously proud to be amongst the leading entities who have contributed and supported in the delivery and implementation of the new airspace design of the UAE. The past three years whilst working on the project, have demonstrated the importance of cross sector collaboration for the greater benefit of the United Arab Emirates. We are also proud to witness the Aviation sector arrive at new and unprecedented fronts, as it continues to cater to its prestigious customers of airports, airlines and authorities. Moreover, it is also crucial to acknowledge the tremendous and exemplary efforts exerted by the various project teams, who ensured the successful delivery and implementation of the project”.

DANS has allocated a full-fledged team of its air traffic management professionals supporting and collaborating with all the entities and members of the Air Space Restructuring project over the period of the past 3 years.

The first phase of the project which delivered the new design of the terminal airspace of the UAE was fully funded by Dubai Air Navigation Services. Moreover, the organisation in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has been a major shareholder in equivalence in the third phase of the project which delivered the implementation of the final design in Dubai in particular and the UAE in general.

DANSdans also provides air navigation services for airport authorities and numerous airlines such as Dubai Airports and private airports in the UAE.

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