Serco awarded £245m contract for Air Traffic Services at Dubai Airport
Date: 15 Jun 2009
Serco Group plc (Serco), the international service company, today announces that it has renewed and expanded its contract with the Dubai Airports Company for air traffic services at Dubai International Airport. The new contract is valued at £245m over a longer period of ten years, and builds on the air traffic services that Serco has provided to Dubai for more than 40 years.
Under the new agreement, Serco is responsible for a key range of core services to ensure the smooth flow of aircraft in the airspace around the airport and on the ground.
Services being provided include aerodrome and approach radar services to ensure that Dubai Airports Company's target capacity figures are met. In addition, we will enhance our research and development capability with a new 3D 360-degree air traffic control tower simulator which will help develop our ATC procedures in line with expected traffic growth. This capability will also provide critical operational support in the development of Maktoum International Airport as it develops over the next ten years to reach its annual capacity forecast of 160m passengers.
Serco is also assisting in airspace procedure design which will enhance our capability in ATC concept of operations and maximising airspace usage using state of the art navigation aids such as GPS. These new services will enable the airport to meet the demands of its increasing capacity. Dubai International Airport has just opened a substantial third terminal, is the world's busiest airport for wide-bodied aircraft and, as the major hub for the region, is home to the expanding Emirates airline. As part of its commitment to support development there, Serco will also ensure an increasing emphasis on the training of Emiratis into key roles in the Air Traffic Services organisation.
Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive of Serco Group, said: "We have a long track record of providing high quality air traffic services in the Emirates, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with the Dubai Airports Company in helping it to meet the exciting challenges of increasing traffic through this world-class airport."
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