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Stakeholders declare Cap-Haïtien and Port-au-Prince international airports’ terminal airspace redesign a success

12 March 2015

Airbus ProSky, OFNAC (Office National de L'Aviation Civile), IATA and operators including American Airlines, Air France and Jet Blue met last month in Miami to validate the new airspace design for Cap-Haïtien International Airport and Port-au-Prince International Airport. The RNP procedures, which will be published in April 2015, are a significant step to improving the efficiency of the Haitian airspace.

Airbus ProSky supported the design of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, which will result in the implementation of RNP 1 STARs, SIDs and RNAV GNSS approaches to both airports. RNP AR on Runway 05 of Cap Haitien airport was also designed to provide shorter trajectory option for the operators RNP-AR capable, resulting in significant track miles savings and a corresponding CO2 emissions reduction.

By implementing PBN concept of operations, OFNAC is able to deliver higher airspace efficiency both from Air Traffic Control and Airlines operations standpoint. Many operators were seeking to secure their operations continuity to both airports and were requesting more efficient procedures. With the commitment of IATA and Airbus ProSky, OFNAC is now able to deliver on those expectations. The design also took into consideration the interoperability of the two airspaces and the airlines, as well as the controllers, expressed their high satisfaction regarding the project operational result itself which was delivered in timely manner.

Jacques Boursiquot, OFNAC Air Navigation Services Director, highlighted that "OFNAC is really happy with the outcome of the two projects since collaborating with Airbus ProSky and IATA has been very efficient and useful. Our controllers also feel very confident with the new airspace design which is the implementation key success factor. Our commitment was to deliver an improved airspace to our Airlines end users and we therefore invited them to be part of the project to ensure that the result fulfill their expectations."

"IATA is always looking for opportunities where we can partner for mutual benefit. We are proud to have contributed to this positive outcome and believe both Haiti and the airlines that operate in the country will benefit from a safer and more efficient airspace thanks to the work of IATA and the other partners on this important initiative," Peter Cerda, IATA's Regional Vice President for the Americas said.

Rafael Alonso-Nivez, Regional Director Latin America & Caribbean, Airbus ProSky stated, "We are pleased with the outcome of both projects. The collaboration among all parties was relying on constant operational exchanges between airline pilots and OFNAC controllers – resulting in designs that will increase efficiency and enhance safety within the Haitian airspace. All of the stakeholders should be applauded for their ability to work together in a manner which will benefit each of them."

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