The Eleventh Air Navigation Conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) endorsed recently an operational concept for air navigation services worldwide that will enhance aviation safety and improve passenger convenience in terms of fewer delays and shorter flight times.
Safety was reconfirmed as the most important element of the overall performance of Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems. Other expectations include efficiency, regularity, cost-effectiveness and protection of the environment.
To increase the capacity of the existing airspace, the Conference recommended greater harmonization of the air navigation systems between regions, collaborative decision-making, and global balancing between demand and capacity.
Implementation over the next 25 years and beyond will ensure optimum efficiency of the global ATM system. This will prove essential as demand for airspace capacity increases in the coming year.
Airspace and airport congestion already exist in many parts of the world, a situation expected to worsen as recovery and growth in the air transport industry continues. ICAOs latest forecast calls for world airline passenger traffic to grow by 4. …