HE the Chairman of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Abdullah bin Nasser Turki al-Subaie stressed that the civil aviation sector in Qatar has witnessed great developments in the last two years with many achievements, the most important of which is the country's leading position in the field of aviation security and air safety.
In statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), HE al-Subaie revealed that the Civil Aviation Authority has launched comprehensive development operations related to the Qatari airspace, increased aircraft routings and modernsing the devices and systems used in air navigation.
He said that all these new developments and improvements will be ready by 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the aim of accommodating air traffic during the tournament and beyond.
HE al-Subaie stressed that the QCAA is working hard to complete these projects well ahead of the World Cup.
Al-Subaie said air safety regulations in the country have been fully developed to comply with the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is considered the first body currently in the world in relation to the application of civil aviation security standards and the facilities that are provided in this field in relation to Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had recently announced that Qatar is among 48 states that have made great progress in overcoming deficiencies in safety control and improving the effective implementation of international rules and recommendations related to the field, as it achieved a 91.16% compliance rate according to the new standards implemented by the ICAO in 2018, becoming the first country to receive this percentage through the results of a comprehensive audit of all aspects of the aviation safety of the civil aviation system.
Qatar Civil Aviation Authority has previously set a new record in the results of the safety oversight audit of civil aviation according to the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).
ICAO has conducted an audit of the QCAA and its safety system, through which it verifies the compatibility of the country's air safety standards with the international standards and standards contained in the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and its annexes.
This achievement is a clear indication of the effectiveness of the role of the civil aviation safety system in Qatar, especially as it works in a challenging environment and within exceptional circumstances under the unjust blockade imposed on it for more than two years.
QCAA, in co-operation with all parties concerned with the aviation sector in the country, has started to modernise the technical regulations of aviation safety, in accordance with international standards and with the provisions of international treaties ratified by Qatar.
These regulations are drafted to become applicable for the long term until 2030.
Qatar is also the first country in the region to start implementing the latest European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Comprehensive Safety Programme regulations.
The new systems for aircraft crew licences, aviation operations and airworthiness requirements have been complied with EASA regulations as one of the objectives of the regulatory and program structure of the Authority.
The Civil Aviation Authority seeks to develop air services and sign agreements with many countries of the world in order to obtain more traffic routes and rights, which will increase the number of passengers through Hamad International Airport, as a permanent office in the ICAO in the Canadian city of Montreal was recently opened, in addition to winning membership in the Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission.