UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Reports Air Traffic Up 9%
By Eddy Metcalf
May 3, 2011 - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) General
Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced a growth of
nearly 9% in the total air movements in UAE airspace
during the first quarter of 2011. Total air movements in
the first three months of the year were 167.221
thousand, compared to 153.387 thousand during the same
period last year.
The UAE is home to the largest airline in the Middle
East, Emirates Airline. It has Dubai as its hub, and
flies to over 100 destinations across six continents.
The airline was the eighth-largest airline in the world
in terms of international passengers carried, and fifth
largest in the world in terms of scheduled international
passenger-kilometres flown in 2008. Etihad Airways, from
Abu Dhabi, is also growing, with over 100 aircraft on
The GCAA, also announced high growth rates in March 2011 when
compared to last February and to March last year. This growth
was noted in all air activities and operations, including air
safety, security & infrastructure, air transport, licensing,
aeromedical and many transactions in relation to civil aviation
and associated operations in the UAE.
GCAA's monthly report of March 2011 showed that total UAE air
traffic movements were 58.553 thousand, an increase of almost
14% when compared to last February. Average daily air traffic
movements in March 2011 were 1889, which represents an increase
of 8.9% when compared to the 1734 air traffic movements in the
same period last year.
Dubai ranked first with 26276 air traffic movements, or almost
44.9% of total UAE air traffic movements. Over flights stood
next at 12547, representing 21.4% of total air traffic
movements. Abu Dhabi ranked third with 8310 flights, or 14.2% of
total UAE air traffic movements in March 2011.
According to the report, air traffic movements in Sharjah
International Airport ranked fourth with 5566 movements
representing 9.5% of total UAE air traffic movements. Local
flights between UAE airports were in the fifth position with
4837 movements, representing 8.2% of total air traffic
Fujairah International Airport witnessed 347 flights, while Al Ain Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport had 169 and 318 air traffic movements respectively. Al Maktoum International Airport witnessed 183 movements. The four airports together represented 1.7% of total UAE air traffic movements last March.
The report indicated that as far as air safety is concerned, GCAA issued
and renewed 19 certificates for aircraft maintenance companies, 9
aircraft registration certificates and 43 airworthiness certificates.
Further, GCAA conducted 42 inspections and audits, issued 5 air operator
certificates, completed 5 aircraft modification transactions, issued 12
simulator certificates and 20 examination permits. In terms of SAFA
system 4 foreign aircrafts and one air operator were suspended, and for
(ROSI) system 55 aviation incidents were reported.
As for security and infrastructure operations, GCAA conducted 18 inspections and audits of hazard material shippers, prepared 220 airport control tower reports, and held 48 internal and external meetings in relation to security and infrastructure operations with several institutions and companies operating in the field of civil aviation in the UAE.
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