Comesa yet to liberalise its airspace

Business Daily Kenya:  Eighteen out of 19 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states are yet to liberalise their ...

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Eighteen out of 19 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states are yet to liberalise their air space, posing a major challenge to air travel.

Consequently, Comesa has called on member states yet to liberalise their airspaces to follow the example of Rwanda, the only country to open her airspace to all African countries.

This was said during the Joint Meeting of Directors of Civil Aviation and Senior Military Officials in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting sought to find a way to implement the ComesaAirspace Integration Project.

“Liberalising our airspace as Comesa countries will inspire other African countries to follow suit,” said Rwanda Transport minister Alexis Nzahabwanimana. He decried many hurdles which he said, make the African region the most difficult for air travel.

“This has to be addressed in order to promote regional trade,” he said. Comesa Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget said the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATN) will assist the Comesa region establish a seamless upper airspace by deploying satellite-based air navigation technology.

“It will enhance safety and flow for general air traffic across the area of seamless upper airspace thus optimising capacity and the environmental impact. This will meet requirements of all airspace users,” Cheluget said.

The objective of the meeting was to review a study conducted to review the technical and financial feasibility of the Comesa Airspace Integration Project.

This includes the strategic technical and operations options for the provision of seamless upper airspace air navigation services using the Comesa CNS/ATM systems. The decision to implement the programme was made in 2014 by the Comesa Council of Ministers.

The ministers decision stated that all member states should support the implementation of the CNS/ATM Systems Project in full collaboration with all stakeholders including security and military authorities at national and regional levels.

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