Airways New Zealand and UK-based NATS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) setting the foundation for collaboration between the two air navigation services providers (ANSP). The deal aimed at enhancing air traffic management (ATM) capabilities will allow the exchange of information and expertise and opens the way for collaboration on planning and research. The agreement was formalised on June 25th, between NATS Chief Executive Officer Martin Rolfe and Airways CEO Ed Sims in Vancouver, Canada, during the 2016 CANSO Global ATM Summit and AGM. The event marked Mr Sims taking on the Chairmanship of the global association, and Mr Rolfe taking over as Chairman of CANSO Europe. “A collaborative approach is key to meeting the challenges currently facing the global ATM industry,” Mr Sims said. “In Asia Pacific particularly, we are facing an unprecedented level of air traffic growth and given the cross border nature of ATM, this kind of joint approach is necessary to achieve the full potential of safe, efficient and sustainable operations.
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