Middle East

CANSO established its Middle East Region in 2009 to represent its Members and act as the voice of air traffic management (ATM) in the region. As the fastest growing region for air traffic growth, and with the consolidation of the region as a major hub for air traffic, the Middle East presents a number of challenges for ATM. The airspace is fragmented and saturated; it is uncoordinated at the regional level; and a large part is reserved for military use. This creates safety, efficiency and capacity challenges for the region that can only be effectively tackled through cooperation and planning between all stakeholders.

CANSO’s goal is to develop a coherent, coordinated, regional approach for efficient air traffic management and safe, harmonised, and seamless airspace across the region. CANSO works closely with industry partners and States to develop, agree and implement joint regional initiatives. It established the Middle East ANSP, Airspace User and Stakeholder Engagement initiative (MEAUSE) in 2010, with the strong support of industry partners, to provide a forum to tackle these challenges. It is also fully involved in in a number of regional working groups and programmes, including the Middle East ATM Enhancement Programme (MAEP), to coordinate its positions on, and represent CANSO’s interests in institutional, technical, and operational issues.

CANSO focuses on: improving safety through the Safety Enhancement Initiative (SEI) on implementing safety management systems; enhancing customer relationship management; promoting collaborative decision-making (CDM) with industry partners; providing advice to States and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) on implementing better, performance-based regulation; raising awareness of and helping to implement ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs); as well as sharing best practice on a range of ATM related issues.

Middle East CANSO CEO Committee (MEC3)

The Middle East CANSO CEO Committee (MEC3) governs and directs CANSO’s work in the Middle East within the framework of the Organisation’s global strategy, policies and positions. MEC3 provides input to decision-making and advisory bodies dealing with ATM in the region.

CANSO Middle East Strategic Coordination Committee

The Middle East Strategic Coordination Committee promotes CANSO’s Middle East strategy, the RED SEA vision, to “realise, enhance and develop seamless airspace” in the region.

Middle East ANSP, Airspace User and Stakeholder Engagement (MEAUSE)

Stakeholder engagement is a fundamental part of CANSO’s RED SEA vision. By bringing together representatives from all stakeholders in the aviation value chain, MEAUSE facilitates the exchange of information and the alignment of future plans. MEAUSE is open to all aviation stakeholders actively shaping ATM performance in the region such as ANSPs, civil and military airspace users, airports etc.

Middle East Safety Work Group

The Middle East Safety Work Group (ME SWG) operates under the guidance of CANSO’s Safety Standing Committee. The group’s tasks include helping implement safety management systems (SMS), openly sharing lessons learned, establishing a positive safety culture, and educating senior management and staff in SMS.

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