Bahamas minister touts benefits of single regional airspace

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleTravel Bahamas minister touts benefits of single regional airspace by: – April 9, 2011 Share Bahamas tourism and aviation minister, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace NASSAU, Bahamas — Transportation linkages with neighbouring countries could be better facilitated by the establishment of one regional airspace, said Bahamas tourism and aviation minister, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.The Bahamas, he said, is now well on its way to regaining control of its airspace.“Effectively right now we are doing it, but there is a way for us to do it even better, which we are moving towards,” Vanderpool-Wallace told Guardian Business on Wednesday. “We want to make sure we identify and control our specific airspace, but also to the degree that what one regional airspace does is it makes it easier for airlines to move around the region… the two of them are not mutually exclusive.“If you got rules at every single country determining whether somebody’s going to fly there, you make it much more difficult to provide the transportation services that you need to put in place.”Vanderpool-Wallace is now lobbying for the relaxing of the capacity to fly in the region through one regional airspace, as opposed to having the current multiple points of consideration and discussions before getting anything complete.According to Roscoe Perpall, president of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union, The Bahamas has been talking for about 15 to 20 years about controlling its airspace.“If we have control, it will create employment opportunities for Bahamians,” he told Guardian Business earlier. “While we have not rationalized the extent of employment opportunities, I know for certain we employ in the vicinity of 100 persons and it’s anticipated we can triple or more the staff requirement to control the airspace.”He said the money earned from greater control of the airspace can go towards the general maintenance of the aviation system. As a signatory to the Chicago Convention, The Bahamas risks a category rating downgrade once again by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) International Aviation Safety Administration (IASA) if it does not reform the sector in order to comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, according to a recent IDB report.In 2001, The Bahamas’ rating was downgraded from a category one to a category two, based on its Department of Civil Aviation’s lack of compliance with ICAO standards.Source: Caribbean News NowRepublished with permission of the Nassau Guardianlast_img

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