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UAE flight movements climb 8.7%.

air traffic remains high despite holiday season coinciding with ramadan

Dubai Air traffic movements in the UAE grew 8.7 per cent in August compared to the same month last year, according to figures released by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday. The monthly report indicated 53,525 air traffic movements, at an average of 1,727 per day.

Dubai ranked first with 24,127 movements. Overflights, totalling 11,776, took second spot. Abu Dhabi ranked third with 8,003 movements.

Sharjah ranked fourth with 5,540 movements. Local flights between UAE airports ranked fifth with 3,408.

Fujairah witnessed 352 movements while Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport reported 206 and 93 movements respectively. Al Maktoum International Airport witnessed 20 shipping movements.

Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director General, said: "Daily air traffic movements in the UAE remained high in spite of the fact that the holiday season this year coincided with Ramadan."

The report indicated that, in terms of air security, the GCAA conducted 23 transactions related to licensing aircraft maintenance companies, including three licence issue certificates, 13 renewal transactions, and seven temporary licence extension transactions.

It issued four aircraft registration certificates and 45 airworthiness certificates. Further, GCAA conducted 23 inspections and audits, completed six aircraft modification transactions and issued three air operator certificates, 13 simulator certificates and 31 examination permits.

As for security and infrastructure operations, GCAA conducted six inspections and audits and renewed four licences for companies operating in dangerous goods shipping. GCAA prepared 187 airport control tower reports, held 35 internal and external meetings in relation to security and infrastructure operations with several institutions and companies operating in the civil aviation sector in the UAE, provided one emergency training course, and issued four infrastructure safety violation tickets.

With regard to air transport, GCAA held two meetings in Abu Dhabi and Paris about air transport between the UAE and Canada.

As for crew licensing, GCAA issued 540 new crew licences, renewed 389 licences, issued 35 temporary permits and 77 letters certifying aircraft licence details, completed 301 type additions to licences, issued 60 replacement licences, and conducted 102 crew examinations, thereby bringing the number of crew licensing transactions in August to 1,504.

Maintenance licences

As for aircraft maintenance engineers licensing, GCAA issued 42 new licences, renewed 50 licences, completed 222 type additions to licences, issued two replacement licences and six temporary permits, and conducted 67 aircraft maintenance engineer examinations, bringing the number of aircraft maintenance engineers licensing transactions last month to 389.

With respect to air traffic controller transactions, the report showed that GCAA issued one new licence, renewed three licences, and completed 18 type additions to licences.

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Date:Sep 21, 2010
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