Consultations with IATA and Foreign Airlines

Following an agreement reached on the margins of the recent 36th session of the ICAO Assembly, on 15-16 November 2007 the State ATM Corporation held consultations with officials representing IATA and foreign airlines.

Following an agreement reached on the margins of the recent 36th session of the ICAO Assembly, on 15-16 November 2007 the State ATM Corporation held consultations with officials representing IATA and foreign airlines

During these discussions held in a constructive atmosphere, a wide array of issues of mutual interest were examined, including SMS and QMS implementation at the State ATM Corporation, consolidation of ACCs, economic aspects of services provided by the Russian ANSP to foreign users, IATA forecasts regarding traffic flows in Russian airspace and foreign airlines’ assessment of the attractiveness of Trans-Siberian, Trans-Asian, Cross-polar and other air routes in Russia. 

Extensive information was provided to IATA and foreign airlines on on-going activities and plans regarding consolidation and modernization of ACCs in Russia. Upon IATA request, a detailed presentation on these issues will be included in the programme of the next IATA OPS Forum to be held in Madrid (Spain) in February 2008.

Representatives of IATA and foreign airlines welcomed information on QMS implementation at the State ATM Corporation, based on a comprehensive approach to quality enhancement, airlines’ feedback and proposals. The Russian ANSP described its quality goals, objectives and policies as well as its plans aimed at further QMS improvement. IATA voiced high appreciation of these efforts and pledged wider dissemination of information thereon among its member airlines.

According to IATA, during the next five years air traffic between Europe and Asia and between North America and Asia will grow by 5-6% a year. These estimates are based on an assumption that air traffic growth will exceed that of the world GDP by 2%. Thus, in the absence of an unforeseen major geopolitical and macroeconomic turmoil, Russia can expect a stable growth of air traffic in its airspace, especially via Cross-polar and Trans-Siberian routes.

According to IATA estimates, air traffic through Russian airspace will continue to grow, provided that the Russian Federation keeps pursuing its efforts to cut the length of transit routes, simplify airspace utilization, enhance the quality of its services and cut operational costs of its air navigation service. 

IATA and foreign airlines officials voiced strong support for the efforts undertaken by Russia, aimed at opening new entry/exit points to/from airspace of China, as well as harmonization of RVSM transition procedures with Chinese counterparts. It was agreed that IATA, foreign airlines and aviation administrations should actively assist these efforts. The same conclusion was drawn with respect to the overall number of entry/exit points (136 on the Russian borders with 18 neighboring countries), which was considered to be insufficient for the provision of growing air traffic. It was agreed that the international airline community should contribute to Russia’s efforts with China, Japan, Republic of Korea etc. in this respect.

Representatives of IATA and foreign airlines highly appreciated the attractiveness of the already existing transit routes in Russian airspace and additional efforts undertaken by Russia in this area. Shortening of air routes as well as an opening of domestic routes for international flights were particularly pointed out. According to IATA, the major impediment at present is the insufficient number of entry/exit points to/from Asia (the “bottleneck” in the Khabarovsk area). 

The State ATM Corporation stressed the absolute priority of flight safety over its other activities. IATA representatives were provided with detailed information on corporate multi-level SMS based on a proactive approach, which is now being established at the Russian ANSP. Data on ATM safety of existing and target indicators, SMS “roadmap” implementation, detailed SMS scheme and general contents of the SMS Manual, developed in accordance with ICAO Doc 4444 and Doc 9859, were presented. 

IATA representatives were informed about the Voluntary reporting system, which is being established at the State ATM Corporation, aimed at registering and controlling ATS infringements. They offered their assistance in conducting safety analysis and activities on specific flight safety issues (level bust, runway incursions etc.). Concluding the meeting, both the State ATM Corporation and IATA expressed their strong commitment to holding such consultations on a broad range of issues of mutual interest on a regular basis.