UAE air traffic movements up 10pc
Dubai, February 14, 2011
The air traffic movements in the UAE grew at a rate of 10.3 per cent in January compared to the same month last year, according to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The GCAA monthly report indicated that total air traffic movements in January 2011 were 57,227 with an average of 1846 air traffic movements per day.
Dubai topped the list with 26,134 air traffic movements, while over flights stood next at 12,329 air traffic movements, said the GCAA report.
Abu Dhabi ranked third with 8,390 air traffic movements followed by Sharjah with 5315 movements. The local flights between UAE airports were in the fifth position with 4003 movements, the report added.
Fujairah International Airport witnessed 396 movements, while Ras Al Khaimah International Airport had 325 air traffic movement and Al Ain Airport had 182 air traffic movements. Al Maktoum International Airport witnessed 153 shipping movements.
On air safety records, GCAA said it had completed 17 licensing transactions for aircraft maintenance companies, 14 aircraft registration certificate transactions and 63 airworthiness certificate transactions.
GCAA conducted 35 inspections and audits, renewed 5 air operator certificates, and issued 5 simulator certificates. In terms of Safa system two foreign aircraft and one air operator were suspended, and for (ROSI) system 65 aviation incidents were reported.
On security and infrastructure operations, the report said GCAA held 19 inspections and audits, prepared 175 airport control tower reports, provided one emergency training course, and issued 6 infrastructure safety and security violation tickets.
As for crew licensing, GCAA issued 553 new crew licenses, renewed 398 licenses, issued 37 temporary permits, completed 213 type additions to licenses, issued 43 replacement licenses, and conducted 163 crew examinations, thereby bringing the number of crew licensing transactions in January 2011 to 1504, it added.
On aircraft maintenance, GCAA said it had issued 85 new licences, renewed 55 licences, completed 554 type additions to licences, issued 3 replacement licences and 10 temporary permits, and conducted 261 aircraft maintenance engineer examinations, thereby bringing the total number of aircraft maintenance engineers licensing transactions last month to 971.
Regarding aeromedical activities, the report indicated that GCAA issued and renewed 1127 medical certificates in various qualified categories, appointed three medical committees, approved 8 decisions by medical committees, and carried out 59 transactions to return crew licences. As such, Aeromedical related transactions in January 2011 stood at 1197.
In addition, the UAE signed the final air transport agreement with Mauritania, and memoranda of understanding with France, and held consultations with Ethiopia.
Commenting on the report, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director general, said, 'GCAA started 2011 by stressing its ability to maintain growth in terms of air navigations, safety, security, licensing, aeromedicine and other operations in line with continued growth and development of this industry in the UAE.”-TradeArabia News Service