SANS to collaborate with NATS on airport capacity enhancement study

Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) and the UK’s NATS have signed an agreement to collaborate on a capacity enhancement study at King Khalid International Airport.

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“The signings serve as an indication of the organisations’ mutual intention to collaborate on projects regarding Air Traffic Management (ATM), with the aim of ensuring the secure expansion of air traffic throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the two organisations said.

Saudi Arabia is making major investments in its aviation infrastructure to help the Kingdom’s growth ambitions in support of its Vision 2030 strategy.

Over the next decade, Saudi Arabia aims to triple annual passenger traffic, with two long-haul connecting hubs and increased air cargo volume to 4.5 million tonnes.

Following NATS’ ACE (Airport Capacity Enhancement) programme, the project will provide a benchmarked, data driven assessment that will deliver valuable insights into current operations with recommendations on how airport capacity can safely expand.

Ahmed Alzahrani, the CSO of SANS, said: “SANS is committed to transform the aviation landscape and guarantee that we are at the forefront of driving innovation to shape the aviation services of tomorrow. This collaboration will leverage NATS expertise and digital solutions, to unlock new possibilities in airspace management and seamless flow of air traffic in the Kingdom.”

Guy Adams, managing director of NATS Services, said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans for the future of its aviation industry. By collaborating with SANS, we can help deliver the safe and efficient capacity growth that the Kingdom is seeking. We are delighted to be working together to deliver a project in Riyadh, and I am confident that our operational experience at some of the world’s busiest airports will prove invaluable.”