As per a report on The Peninsula, as per the official Mohammed Al Asmakh from Qatar Air Traffic Control Center, "the new airspace design has increased the flight handling capacity of Qatar’s airports significantly, enabling them to handle 100 flights per hour during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022".
Speaking to Qatar Radio, the official said that the expectation is about "1,600 air traffic movements per day during the World Cup, Qatar Air Traffic Control Center activated on September 8 all plans and projects related to the World Cup, especially the new airspace design project. The new airspace design enables three flights to land side by side — two flights at Hamad International Airport and one at Doha International Airport. The new airspace design increased the flight handling capacity of both airports significantly”.
As per the report, speaking about the Air Traffic Flow Management in coordination with neighbouring countries, "the number of air traffic controllers has been increased to 160 people, who underwent intensive training programmes to improve their capability to work with a modernised system.”
The air traffic controllers are modernized and have been assigned at the surveillance tower, Doha Flight Information Region (FIR), Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Doha International Airport (DIA) and weather control.
Equipment such as simulators will serve the surveillance tower and Doha Flight Information Region (FIR) helping air traffic controllers to improve their performance, making them fully ready for the World Cup and beyond.
Source: The Peninsula, Qatar Radio
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