Passenger demand for air transport in Azerbaijan is set to increase some 80% over the next two decades, according to the International Air Transport Association, IATA. Together with AZANS, the Air Navigation Service Provider of Azerbaijan, IATA has agreed to develop and implement an Azerbaijan National Airspace Strategy (NAS).
Azerbaijan has seen particular growth in traffic which is no longer using Russian airspace. Servicing this demand, while ensuring safety, and managing costs, and reducing CO2 emissions and delays, requires Azerbaijan to further modernize its airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM) network.
We are pleased to have the professional support of IATA in achieving this important goal together.Farhan Guliyev, Air Traffic Department AZANS
AZANS and IATA will strengthen their existing cooperation for this initiative, which is aimed at delivering benefits to the traveling public, while supporting national economic growth and the competitiveness of the Azerbaijan aviation sector and the global sustainability goals of air transport.
The main aspects of the strategy cover leadership and a collaborative stakeholder approach, airspace management, and technical modernization of the ATM system. AZANS and IATA have committed to work together and with all aviation stakeholders, including the government and regulatory authorities, to deliver and implement the NAS.
“Azerbaijan is a growing economy which also occupies a key geographic position. It can expect to handle increasing amounts of traffic in the coming years, and it has an important role in enhancing capacity and efficiency for transcontinental traffic,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.
It is encouraging to see the recovery in air traffic around the globe.Farhan Guliyev, Air Traffic Department AZANS
“Aviation is committed to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 and airspace efficiencies can play a significant part in that,” Schvartzman said. “The commitment to building a National Airspace Strategy is a concrete sign of Azerbaijan fulfilling a strategic leadership role. We congratulate AZANS for its vision, and look forward to working with them to make airspace modernization a success.”
The Azerbaijan National Airspace Strategy will:
- Provide the overall State-level mandate for long-term investment in the airspace system as a key part of the country’s transport infrastructure
- Align industry’s airspace investments to a scope and sequence that speeds up roll-out and maximizes the benefits for airlines and passengers
- Explain to stakeholders affected by airspace changes, why airspace is being modernized and how they will be engaged
- Create a strong governance structure that provides the State, Industry and Regulator with the means to track and drive NAS roll-out locally