Five GCC members sign MoU on unified aviation policies

08 Dec 2014

(MENAFN) Five of the six Gulf Cooperation Council members are in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will recognize each states certification of aviation training academies as a first step towards unified aviation policies between the members, Gulf News reported.

The five members, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, said that signing this first MoU will help in removing unnecessary duplications of certificates and resources.

Even though this MoU being a good first step, many of the states so far seem unwilling to approve on sharing authority over each other’s airspace, despite pressure on the region’s fast growing airlines flying through congested airspace.

Despite no reason being given as to why Saudi Arabia would not be signing the accord, some experts say that it has to due with Saudi Arabia aviation regulation, unlike some other GCC members, following the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration, while others follow the European Aviation Safety Agency.

“This is an initial step until we come to a final objective of a unified regulation. We are working towards having a unified airspace but these things are not straight forward issues,” Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs said.

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