Juba, South Sudan,
July 05, 2021 – In arguably one of the most notable developments crossing into the 10th independence anniversary, the government of South Sudan has launched an integrated airspace system in a step aimed at boosting revenue generation from the aviation sector.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, South Sudan is now able to welcome the world’s international aviation operators and airliners into its skies following the launch of the online airspace management system.
Captain David Subek Dada, the Chief Executive Officer of the South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority said the launch will open a range of business opportunities and improved route efficiency for South Sudan.
“Through this partnership with NavPass, South Sudan will welcome higher volumes of aviation trade, greater business opportunities, and improved route efficiency, safety, and reliability, Mr. Dada said. “This marks a crucial step towards a more prosperous future for the whole of South Sudan through additional direct and indirect economic activity.”
The launch of the integrated airspace system was described by NavPass Chief Executive Officer Tom Perkins as a ‘huge moment’ for the country in modernizing the airspace and building economic potential.
“This is a huge moment for South Sudan and NavPass, the establishing of an internationally compliant and globally accessible airspace is a critical and symbolic move for the country in building economic potential, connectivity, and business,” he said.
“For every dollar invested in sovereign airspace, capacity translates into between five and 20 dollars of economic impact. We’re proud to be working with governments across the world, including South Sudan, to optimise and monetise airspace, bridging the divide between nations,” Perkins added.
A report posted by Air International reveals that the newly-launched integrated airspace system enables the aviation authority to “identify and charge overflight fees to all aircraft entering its airspace – a global standard practice which will see tens of millions of dollars of previously unrealized revenue reinvested into aviation infrastructure, which will jumpstart the country’s economy.”
South Sudan sovereign airspace was managed by the government of Sudan since the attainment of independence in 2011 due to a lack of technical capacity to manage the airspace. This meant the two countries shared the revenue collected from the airspace management.