Remarks of CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, to the Global Ministerial Aviation Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 31 August 2016

31 August 2016

In his remarks to the Global Ministerial Aviation Summit, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, highlighted the rapid growth of the aviation industry in the Middle East and the positive impact this has had on the region in terms of employment, GDP and connectivity.

Poole outlined that while this growth is positive, the aviation industry must be aware of the issues that will inhibit sustainable growth, including airspace fragmentation and safety, efficiency and capacity challenges. Saturated and congested airspace and flight delays limit commercial use, while sanctions also stymie growth. In all, these issues could cost the region over $16 billion by 2025.

Poole added that there is a solution to handling aviation growth safely, efficiently and cost-effectively, and the region needs the right air traffic management infrastructure to do this.  While some progress has already been made, States are encouraged to work in partnership to coordinate the management of airspace across the region, champion institutional change and create better, performance-based regulation. Poole explain that CANSO is working to support the region by offering guidance, leadership and training and promoting strong relationships with AACO, ACAC, ICAO, IATA and other organisations. This is helping to improve operations and will ultimately transform ATM on a global level.


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