Manila, The Philippines – On March 30, 2016, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Air Traffic Management and Air Traffic Control Workshop was held in Manila, the Philippines. The Workshop featured the results of a project, co-sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which analyzed how implementing new air traffic techniques can help reduce aviation emissions and fuel consumption in the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the project analyzed the benefits of implementing Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) in Vietnam and the Philippines, with connectivity to neighboring countries.
Commercial aviation and air traffic across the APEC region, particularly within Southeast Asia, continues to expand, leading to increased emissions and fuel costs, as well as to constraints to airspace and airport capacity. APEC stakeholders are seeking technologies and best practices to achieve efficiencies in air traffic management.
“By reducing en route times, airborne holding and airport queueing delays, ATFM solutions can help reduce emissions, while simultaneously helping to reduce airspace congestion and improve airport capacity,” said Mark Dunn, USTDA Regional Manager for Asia. “This Workshop addressed APEC members’ goals of modernizing air traffic management and reducing aviation’s environmental footprint.”
USTDA, in collaboration with the APEC Secretariat and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, hosted the Workshop to share the project’s outcomes and to facilitate the exchange of best practices and technologies for reducing aviation emissions and fuel consumption, as well as for improving the efficiency of airline operations.
These efforts support the commitment by APEC leaders and its Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) to achieve a 10% improvement in supply-chain performance by reducing the time, cost and uncertainty of moving goods and services throughout the region. This will be critically important to the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which puts the United States and other APEC economies at the center of a free trade zone covering 40% of global GDP.
By bringing together key APEC stakeholders and leading U.S. aviation solutions providers, the Workshop provided a forum to forge new partnerships and to identify project opportunities across the APEC region.