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PH, Singapore tackle air traffic collaboration

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) held its Third Coordination Meeting with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on May 8, focusing on collaboration between the CAAP Air Traffic Service and the Singapore Area Control Centers.

The CAAP welcomed a delegation of seven Singaporean representatives, including Air Traffic Management senior chief Magnus Teo and Air Traffic Control Centre senior chief Yeo Khung Hui, along with officials from the Asia Pacific Regions, who will be in the country until Thursday, May 9.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the two-day coordination meeting focuses on enhancement of airspace capacity, efficiency, and safety by updating the Air Traffic Management Contingency routes structure between Manila and Singapore’s Flight Information Region.

They also discussed the seamless transfer of datalink at the common FIR through the application of Next Data Authority.

“The Letter of Agreement between the Manila ACC and the Singapore ACC is set to be amended to incorporate new procedures which facilitate coordinated flight operations and to use certain spacing protocols,” Apolonio said.

Regular meetings between adjacent ACCs are convened annually or as required. The primary objectives of these meetings include enhancing cross-border coordination and air traffic control procedures, facilitating the implementation of Aviation System Block Upgrades, and upholding the commitments outlined in the Beijing Declaration.

CAAP Director General Capt. Manuel Tamayo expressed gratitude for Singapore’s ongoing support to the Philippines, ”I express my sincere appreciation to CAA Singapore for their steadfast commitment to advancing aviation safety through their support of the ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative. We are looking forward to continued partnership with Singapore.”

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