BRUSSELS, Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project to achieve more efficient management of air traffic between Qatar and European countries as well as all the countries of the world, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

The memorandum is aimed at enhancing cooperation in the field of air traffic management modernisation initiatives in Qatar and Europe in order to contribute to the development and harmonisation of global aviation standards.

Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, Abdullah Bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey and Executive Director of SESAR Florian Guillermet recently signed the memorandum, which also covers ways to cooperate in the exchange of all information and expertise on the development of air traffic management and related activities.

Abdullah said the aviation sector in Qatar was significantly growing, based on air traffic services and the efficient use of air space in the country, and the joint cooperation with SESAR will have a positive impact in creating a balance and interoperability among Air traffic systems, for the benefit of airlines as well as travellers.

The Memorandum of Cooperation is expected to implemented by the beginning of 2018.

Florian Guillermet said as a global industry, aviation required continued cooperation in interoperability between countries, with the goal of providing smooth and efficient air traffic across all regions.

He said through the memorandum, both sides were looking at moving together towards ensuring global aviation that is not only robust but has more intelligent and environmental solutions at more affordable prices for both airlines and travellers around the world.

The memorandum also includes cooperation in the comparison of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan and the corresponding strategic planning and performance assessment in Qatar and the region to identify potential gaps and priorities for joint action in many areas, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and information security, ensuring the support and implementation of the Global Air Navigation Plan and the Aviation System Block Upgrades approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization