ABU DHABI 14 June 2017: In light of the boycott being enforced by the UAE on Qatar, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a statement on Monday that it is committed to its decision issued on 10/9/1438 H, corresponding to 5/6/2017, banning all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the State of Qatar from landing at the State’s airports or transiting its sovereign airspace.
The statement added that the decision does not include the aviation companies and aircraft not registered in the UAE or Qatar, and wishing to cross the country’s airspace to and from Qatar, said Wam.
It noted, in regard to the passage of private and chartered aircraft of the UAE airspace from and to Qatar, non-Qatari private and chartered flights, must submit a prior request to the concerned authority at the General Civil Aviation Authority at least 24 hours, including a list of names and nationalities of crews and passengers, and the cargo carried by the aircraft.
The GCAA also reiterated its full commitment to the provisions and of the Convention on International Civil Aviation “Chicago Convention 1944” and other relevant conventions to ensure the safety of international civil aviation, and the flow of international air traffic over the skies of the UAE.
At the same time, the State reserves the sovereign right under international law to take any precautionary measures to protect its national security if necessary.
The authority also affirmed its commitment to international resolutions on the fight against terrorism and aviation security, particularly the Security Council Resolution No. 2309, adopted by the Security Council at its 7775th session, held on 22nd September 2016, in which it expresses its commitment to the sovereignty of all States, including their sovereignty over the airspace above their territories, territorial integrity, and political independence in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
The Security Council also expresses its concern in the same resolution that the civil aviation may be used as a means of transporting foreign terrorist fighters, and notes in this regard that Annex 9 “Governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, concluded in Chicago on December 7, 1944 “Chicago Convention,” recommends standards and practices related to the detection and prevention of terrorist threats related to civil aviation.
The GCAA said that it would exercise its right to impose further measures that could guarantee the security and safety of its sovereign airspace from any threat or risk in accordance with the laws and conventions governing the movement of air traffic over its airspace.
UAE, Saudi to increase weekly flights between them to 86
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, and the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the number of weekly flights between the two countries to 86.
Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, said a meeting was held in Riyadh on Sunday, to discuss issues of air transport and ways of enhancing co-operation between the two countries and their carriers.
CEOs of Emirati and Saudi national carriers attended the meeting, he said, and noted that relations between the two civil aviation regulators are strong and growing.
Al Suwaidi further noted that views of the UAE and Saudi civil aviation authorities are identical.
By Angel Chan