UAE air traffic rises 11.9% in July as aviation industry revives

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Dubai: Air traffic in the UAE is growing, according to the latest report by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), which reported 11.9 per cent growth in July.

    *  About 55,000 aircraft movements were recorded last month, up from 52,000 in June. This was the highest this year, with an average of 1,763 movements per day.     * Image Credit: EPA
* About 55,000 aircraft movements were recorded last month, up from 52,000 in June. This was the highest this year, with an average of 1,763 movements per day. * Image Credit: EPA

About 55,000 aircraft movements were recorded last month, up from 52,000 in June. This was the highest this year, with an average of 1,763 movements per day.

Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director General, said: “Air traffic movements were at their highest level last month. This is a clear indication of the increasing demand for aviation services and the increased number of passengers from and to UAE. We hope this growth will continue over the coming months.”

Dubai ranked first with 24,961 movements. Over-flights were second at 11,924. Abu Dhabi ranked third with 8,045 and Sharjah International Airport ranked fourth with 5,600.

Long haul traffic

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global aviation watchdog, said: “Middle Eastern carriers continue to post the fastest growth — up 18 per cent compared to June 2009.

“This is based on a strong regional economy and the ability to attract long-haul traffic through the region’s hubs.”

Local flights between UAE airports were in the fifth position with 3,414 movements.

Fujairah International Airport had 404 movements, while Al Ain Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport had 210 and 75 movements respectively.

The recently opened Al Maktoum International Airport had seven cargo movements. “The industry continues to recover faster than expected, but with sharp regional differences. Europe is recovering at half the speed of Asia with passenger growth of 7.8 per cent compared to the 15.5 per cent growth in Asia-Pacific,” Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said in a recent statement.

As far as air safety is concerned, GCAA issued and renewed 27 certificates for aircraft maintenance companies, 11 aircraft registration certificates and 38 airworthiness certificates.

GCAA also conducted 33 inspections and audits, issued two air operator certificates, completed five aircraft modification transactions and issued three air operators and 30 simulator certificates and 30 examination permits.

In terms of the SAFA system, 14 inspections were carried out. Finally, 67 aviation incidents were reported.

As for security and infrastructure operations, GCAA conducted 14 inspections and audits and issued three licences for companies engaged in shipping dangerous goods.

Committee meeting

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted at its regional headquarters in Dubai the first meeting of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission’s environment committee in the presence of representatives of Arab civil authorities in Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Yemen as well as representatives of Arab Civil Aviation Commission and Arab Air Carriers Organisation. Mariam Al Baloushi, Environment Director at GCAA and the UAE’s representative, was elected chairman of the Committee and the Saudi representative was elected vice-chairman. Mariam is the first Emirati woman to undergo training at ICAO’s environment department located at ICAO’s headquarters in Montréal on matters related to the management of aviation environment. This will largely help the development of an environmental strategy at the Arab level.

“Our activities this month show continued efforts to prepare for the ICAO’s assembly and Executive Council elections which will be held in September,” Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director General, said.

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