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Transport minister wants new tech to address air traffic management

He said there will soon be a centre for flight safety to improve air traffic.

With the aim of enhancing air traffic control, Minister for Transport S Iswaran said there should be an investment on new technology which will benefit the aviation industry during normal operations.

In a speech during the summit, he mentioned that air traffic flows are mostly cross-boundary, making the roles of air navigation service providers create comprehensive plans and arrangements to handle contingency scenarios safely and effectively.

But, Iswaran, said this is not sufficient to address contingencies. This is where new technology to step in to improve digital connectivity and modernising the information infrastructure for Air Traffic Management.

“ANSPs, and other stakeholders, can create an integrated ATM network that allows neighbouring ANSPs to step in quickly to provide air traffic services when there are contingencies. This would also enable more seamless and sustainable air traffic flows, and increase capacity to safely support air traffic growth within and beyond the region,” said Iswaran.

Iswaran earlier mentioned that the Flight Safety Foundation will put up a Asia Pacific Centre for Aviation Safety in the Lion City.

The move stemmed from the rapid weekly passenger traffic, which has recovered around 80% of 2019 levels.

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