UAE needs to ‘open’ military airspace for commercial use, says expert

The UAE will have to open up more military airspace for civilian aircraft to help ease air traffic congestion and allow airports meet their targets, according to an aviation expert.

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The UAE will have to open up more military airspace for civilian aircraft to help ease air traffic congestion and allow airports meet their targets, according to an aviation expert.

On Tuesday, Dubai Airports said that Dubai International Airport (DXB) annual traffic rose 7.2 percent to 83.6 million passengers from 2015, thus remaining the world’s busiest for international passengers in 2016. The number is set to increase to 89 million this year.

In its UAE Airspace Policy 2015, the General Civil Aviation Authority states the UAE airspace is considered as a “national asset” with the implementation of flexible use airspace for civil and military operations based on real-time needs.

About 60 percent of UAE airspace is reserved for the military, and the proportion is unlikely to change. More info

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