By Patrick Appleton
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reaffirmed the importance of increasing airspace capacity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
IATA Regional Vice President for the Middle East, Muhammad Ali Albakri said that continuous improvements are required if the UAE is to remain a leading global aviation hub.
“Over the past 25 years, the UAE has experienced an economic transformation; aviation has been at the heart of this evolution,” said Albakri.
“To maintain the country’s competitiveness as a leading global aviation hub, sufficient airspace capacity to meet demand, infrastructure investments aligned to growth and rapid implementation of new technology are essential.”
To maintain competitiveness as a leading global aviation hub, sufficient airspace capacity, infrastructure investments and new technology are essential
Air transport supports 800,000 jobs and contributes $47.4 billion to the local economy, some 13.3% of the nation’s GDP.
According to the latest IATA study, pursuing a positive agenda for aviation could see that rise to an additional 620,000 jobs and $80 million in GDP by 2037.
The IATA report claimed that airspace capacity’s failure to keep pace with demand growth is causing significant delays in the region.
It called on states to “replace political fragmentation with collaborative cross-border decision-making” to ensure that the global competitiveness of hubs in the Middle East is not affected.
IATA said that investment in infrastructure, guided by new technologies and innovative processes, will increase efficiency and provide an enhanced passenger experience in the region.