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Air traffic management in spotlight.

Manama: An International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) seminar on Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) was hosted by Bahrain Airport Company (BAC).

Held under the patronage of Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry acting under-secretary for civil aviation affairs Ahmed Al Nemah, the seminar was conducted by a team of experts from ICAO and other international organisations lead by ICAO Middle East Regional Office regional director Mohamed Khonji.

It was held at the Moevenpick Hotel in Muharraq.

The seminar is the first of its type to be organised by ICAO in the Middle East Region and the second worldwide.

ACDM is a relatively new concept which aims at improving air traffic flow and capacity management at airports by reducing delays, improving the predictability of events and optimising the utilisation of resources. Implementation of ACDM will enhance surface operations and safety by making airspace users, ATC and airport operators better aware of their respective situation and actions on a given flight.

BAC chief airport operating officer Mohamed Thamir Al Kaabi said within an airport setting where time is of essence, efficiency is paramount.

"By adopting a structured communication system across key airport partners, we can ensure common situational awareness and better decision making; this in turn will help us anticipate key areas of concern and develop preemptive solutions to enhance the flow of air traffic and improve the overall travel experience," he added.

"Such significant aviation initiatives aim to strengthen collaborative efforts among strategic partners and ultimately improve airport efficiency.

"Bahrain International Airport is well-recognised for its operational efficiency and the ACDM is an ideal tool to help us enhance this strength.

"The programme has been successfully implemented across major airports worldwide and we look forward to sharing a similar success story at BIA."

It was attended by a group of aviation specialists from the Middle East States, ICAO, IATA, CANSO, Airbus, ACI, Eurocontrol, DFS, Munich Airport.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 3, 2015
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