Thursday 7 June 2012

ATM Imperatives: Protecting the Gulf’s Economic Growth

Dubai, UAE. 7 June 2012 – The Gulf Air Traffic Management (GATM) event takes place 16 – 17 September 2012, at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai, bringing air traffic management professionals together for the two day summit under the theme ‘ATM Imperatives: Protecting the Gulf’s Economic Growth’.

The event is produced by F&E Aerospace, organisers of the Dubai Airshow and the summit director Capt. Hank Krakowski who previously worked as Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Organization.

As the Middle East aviation industry continues to grow rapidly - it is vital for the economic development of the region that its airspace and airports have the capacity to support this growth, in recognition of these challenges GATM has been designed to allow recognised senior airspace policy experts to address the issues of airspace congestion and management in the region.

Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO at International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently warned “Technology for technology’s sake and gold plated solutions will not help us to reduce emissions, save fuel or increase airspace capacity. A better alternative is to work in close cooperation to develop operational procedures using existing and deployed technology that offer a sustainable business case for all.”

This notion was reflected by John Swift, Director, NATS Middle East said “With the rapid growth of aviation driving economic growth in the Gulf Region, an optimised ATC network is vital to keep pace with the speed of development.”

Summit Director Capt. Hank Krakowski noted the pressing need to bring Middle East industry personnel together to discuss current and future challenges “Airports, Airlines and Aviation Companies are making large investments to provide infrastructure and assets to accelerate the growth of air commerce in the region.  Business, political and military leaders are natural partners in promoting and enabling the modernization of Air Traffic Management,  as the region is uniquely dependent upon a well run aviation sector.  This modernization is critical to assure that these aviation investments will effectively contribute to the increase of business, commerce and Global Leadership across the region”.

Michele Van Akelijen, Aerospace Director at F&E Aerospace, said: “The upcoming GATM summit is an opportunity for representatives from the ATC community to come together to exchange views and gain greater insight into the challenges facing air traffic management in the region.”

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