Jets 'must be allowed to use army airspace'
Manama, April 10, 2014
Commercial jets should be allowed to use military airspace to ease air traffic congestion in the Gulf, according to an international aviation body.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) claims one of the only ways to alleviate bottlenecks is to open up restricted airspace, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It says further growth is being obstructed by a lack of flying routes because between 40 and 60 per cent of Gulf airspace is reserved for military use, according to Arabian Business Magazine.
"We are trying to squeeze the fast-growing civil aviation component into a fraction of the airspace," it quoted Iata director-general and chief executive Tony Tyler as saying at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi. - TradeArabia News Service