ABG/Serco Organise Workshop in Baghdad to introduce New ATC project in Iraq
Al-Burhan Group and its partner Serco have concluded the first workshop for a new ATC services project in cooperation with the Iraqi civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Transport. The induction aimed to outline the main aspects of the project and deliver Air Navigation System services on behalf of the Iraqi CAA.
The two-day workshop, which was held at Al-Burhan Centre near Baghdad International Airport 18-19 May, dealt with key issues in this project, including the management of Iraqi airspace, collection of overglight revenues and proving independent funding for ATC services to improve the skills of Iraqi staff and update the equipment in accordance with the international best practice.
“The participating parties discussed the complexities associated with establishing a longer term partnership and the phased implementation approach needed to manage and deliver ANS services on behalf of the ICAA”, Peter Mohring, managing director at Serco IAL Ltd., said.
The new project, extending the existent five-year agreement beyond 14 January 2017, enables ABG and Serco to provide ICAA with continued development of ATC and ANS services with additional training of new Iraqi controllers which will build a sustainable system in support of Iraq’s redevelopment.
Commenting on the outlines of the workshop, ABG Managing Director Imad Burhan pointed out “the Iraqi Airspace is a critical corridor to and from Europe for the region’s airlines and it requires safe, competent and efficient traffic service delivery.”