MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday called on African governments to
device joint policies for the air travel within the continent.
director general of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA),
also said air travel in Africa is expected to increase
tremendously in the near future but how airlines and airports
work together to address this increase is still not very clear.
“Aviation is a
rapidly changing industry with new technologies and entrants in
the air traffic management operating environment presenting
opportunities as well as challenges necessitating the need for a
superior, efficient, effective, safe and seamless or unified
airspace utilization among industry players,” Kibe told a
regional conference in the coastal city of Mombasa.
He said by
spearheading the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) process
which is an enabler of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM),
Africa will link up with other ATFMs so as to have real-time
flight information for improved Air Traffic Management (ATM)
The sixth edition of
the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO)
conference brought together more than 200 aviation professionals
from across the continent.
CDM in Aviation aims
to improve operational efficiency at airports by reducing
delays, improving the predictability of events during a flight
and optimizing resources utilization.
conference aims to boost collaborative efforts to improve the
safety standards of Air Traffic Management (ATM) operations
across the region.
tourism and wildlife cabinet secretary, called on the
continent’s aviation industry players to work together to
increase the number of visitors to the region through
said, only 60 million of the 1.4 billion global travelers come
to Africa. “The standards of service delivery must be
international. We cannot have standards that are in Africa only
and they are better in the First World,” Balala said.
He said there are
frustrations that international visitors experience in African
airports that make them never want to come back again.
“Our aspiration is
to see us become efficient to the levels of Singapore and
Dubai,” he said.
“To this end, Kenya
is committed to providing technical assistance and support to
our counterparts in our areas of expertise with a view of
attaining comparable levels of Effective Implementation of ICAO
Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and enhancement in
provision of air navigation services. This will ensure improved
aviation safety and security performance in the region,” said
Hamza Johari, CANSO
Africa chairman and the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
director general, said Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)
approach taken by African aviation industry players will go a
long way to removing some obstacles that prevent international
travelers from coming to Africa.
said technological challenges in most African countries prevent
the provision of seamless air navigation services.
“We have the human
resource but these need more training on the right technology
required to offer better air navigation services,” Johari said.
He also noted that
flight information regions differ in African countries in terms
of polices and regulations making flying across African
airspaces hectic for most airlines. This makes some airlines
avoid African routes.
“We want to have
seamlessness in these flight information regions so that when an
airline gets into a North African region airspace it will fly
seamlessly into the South African region,” Johari said.
Kibe said there is
need to involve all stakeholders in decision-making in matters
concerning air navigating services.
“Usually, we would
be in a cocoon and only sit as the particular air navigation
service provider or the particular airport and make decisions by
themselves,” said Kibe.
Now, the approach is
to involve the air navigation service providers, the civil
aviation authorities, the airlines, ground handlers, customs,
immigration departments, and other stakeholders to jointly make