In a report by Al Sharq, Mr. Ahmed Al Eshaq, Director of the Air Navigation Department at the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), affirms Qatar's readiness for air navigation during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. He shares that they are expecting that air traffic during the World Cup would reach more than 1,600 air movements per day, which is about twice the 750-800 current flights per day.
Mr. Ahmed Al Eshaq further explains to Al Sharq that over 120 air traffic controllers have been given intensive training according to the highest professional and technical standards and is confident that Qatar can manage the anticipated high influx of flights. He highlights the importance of the Qatar Air Traffic Control Center in enhancing training operations for air traffic controllers to upgrade their technical abilities in preparation for the World Cup.
El Shaq enumerates to Al Sharq some of the enhancements made at the Hamad International Airport in preparation. Additional aircraft parking lots are to be added to improve capacity and will be completed by the end of August. The installation of the "virtual tower", the first in the Middle East, has been a game-changer in operations, making it possible to direct aircraft through screens and devices and will soon dispense the need for traditional watchtowers. Upgraded modern radars are also being installed in Hamad International Airport and Doha Airport and are expected to be completed soon.
El Shaq shares with Al Sharq that the achievement wouldn't be possible without the continuous enhancements, implementation of advanced technology and highly trained air traffic controllers.
According to Al Sharq, the General Authority of Civil Aviation has established a state-of-the-art Qatar Air Control Center equipped with the latest technology and amasses an area of 12,000 sqm near Hamad International Airport. The center includes operational and technical rooms, administrative offices, a 360-degree 3D simulation room, a communication operations room, a flight information service, Air Navigation Control, and Communications Office as well as multi-purpose conference rooms.
Ahmed Al Eshaq confirms that the Air Navigation Department at Hamad International Airport is in continuous contact with Qatar Airways officials to discuss technical developments to air navigation, and review the latest developments related to the technical development of air navigation.
Source: Al Sharq
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