Mideast air traffic woes to be resolved by 2020

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By Alexander Cornwell Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: An end to the region’s air traffic congestion woes is in sight, Dubai’s top aviation official said at the second annual Aviation Safety Culture Summit in Dubai on Monday.

Mohammad Ahli, director-general of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), told the media that the region will have a solution by 2020.

The Aviation Safety Culture Summit brings together the leading officials to discuss safety and security issues impacting the industry.

Increasing air traffic congestion in the UAE, other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and beyond has long been a topic of discussion for the region’s burgeoning aviation industry.

Ahli said that while the emirates were working together, a higher body at a regional level was yet to be established.

Ahli said it was not just airlines in the GCC but also those in the wider Middle East & North Africa region, Iran, Pakistan and India that needed to play a role in easing air traffic congestion. More info