South Sudan signs contract with NavPass

The South Sudanese government has signed a contract with NavPass to claim ownership of its sovereign airspace and collect overflight fees for the first time.

NavPass is working with various African countries to implement ICAO and International Air Transport Association IATA guidelines to improve their airspace safety, security and efficiencies. This new agreement will allow NavPass to provide South Sudan with the capacity, expertise and technology to take control of its sky, enhance global connections, create jobs and economic prosperity
Training is already underway to ensure safety of nation’s airspace in line with ICAO’s international standards
The contract will enable the Juba government to secure significant revenues from overflight fees that it hasn’t previously received by using Navpass’s automated technology - this could bring in tens of millions of dollars each year once the full airspace is reclaimed.
Capturing the movements of all aircraft in the country’s skies in real time, NavPass’s unique technology automates the fee collection process with proceeds invested back into the country’s air infrastructure, in line with ICAO principles.
This fully accounted for process will see these funds enter an escrow account for transparency.
As part of the deal, NavPass will support the government with the documentation needed with ICAO to claim full sovereignty over its airspace.
NavPass CEOand founder Thomas Perkins said: “As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, the sky is the limit for the region’s airspace. We are proud to work with the South Sudanese government and to help it take full ownership of its skies.
“Together we hope to connect more people to the country, more often, and deliver the opportunities for prosperity that come from a more modern and safe airspace. At NavPass, we aim to provide to tools to help countries on their journey to self-reliance, and signal to the world that they are open for business. We see this as the start of a promising new chapter for NavPass across the region, as we continue to assist governments in ensuring their airspace is not only revenue generating, but safer.”
NavPass will also use its expertise on the ground to train authorities and airport staff to improve the safety of its air infrastructure, bringing it in line with international standards set out by the ICAO.
The training is aimed at enhancing the global connectivity of South Sudan, a landlocked country that relies on aviation traffic for trade and business.
South Sudan’s Minister of Transport, Madut Biar Yel, said: “Combining this important work, with collection of fees from passing aircraft for South Sudan will be a great benefit to the country and our people, helping attract more air operators and increase economic development in our country.”
As part of the contract NavPass will first work with the government to optimize its lower airspace, covering the departures and arrivals of flights into Juba to make them more efficient and safer.
This includes training for air traffic control officers, establishing new protocols with neighboring airspaces and improving communications equipment.

How Navpass identifies aircaft for charges. IMAGE: Navpass