IATA welcomes the restoration of “Class A” ATC offerings over Somalia

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the reclassification of the airspace over Somalia and the encompassing location to Class A. This will happen one minute previous midnight on 26 January 2023 when air visitors manage offerings shall be restored after a 30-year interruption.

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Some of the location’s busiest air routes – connecting the African subcontinent south of Ethiopia with the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, as nicely as Western Europe with the Indian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean islands – cross Somali airspace, which is formally referred to as the Mogadishu Aeronautical Information Region (GRAN). It covers the land mass that surrounds the Horn of Africa and extends into the Indian Ocean.

“The reclassification of Mogadishu FIR to ‘Class A’ airspace will significantly improve security in the region and improve efficiency. This is thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Somalia Airspace Special Coordination Team, which consists of the Somali CAA, IATA, International Civil Aviation Organization, neighboring FIRs and airlines,” says IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, Kamil Al-Awadhi.

The reclassification of the airspace and the operational resumption of air visitors manage within the Mogadishu FIR has been made viable by the set up and commissioning of present day radio navigation and different technical infrastructure. It follows a profitable trial that started in May final yr.

“The upgrade of air traffic control and improved navigation and communication infrastructure will increase situational awareness along an increasingly busy air corridor and its intersections with routes connecting many of the world’s regions,” Al-Awadhi added.

All flights working in Class A airspace ought to be permitted by air visitors manage who’re additionally accountable for sustaining lateral and vertical separation between plane. In the Mogadishu FIR, Class A airspace is the sky above the bottom altitude of about 24,500 toes above imply sea degree.

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