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Aeronautical Services Company to yield multiple benefits, Minister says

Air traffic controllers in Nicosia

A parliamentary approval to the bill establishing a state-owned private company to offer aeronautical services will yield multiple benefits for Cyprus, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Marios Demetriades has said.

Demetriades is holding a series of meetings with political parties in view of the discussions over the government bill in the parliamentary committee of Transport.

“I believe the bill should be approved because it will bring about a significant improvement in the Nicosia Air Space,” Demetriades said after a meeting with the Social Democrats Movement EDEK, adding the bill that has been drafted in collaboration with Eurocontrol will solve the problem of flights delays in the long term.

Noting that parties can approve amendments to the government bill, Demetriades said so far he ascertained a positive approach by the political parties.

The bill, he went on to say, will yield benefits “not only in terms of better servicing aircrafts using the Cypriot airspace but also from a national grounds as Turkey cites air traffic delays in our airspace to justify its unacceptable stance obstructing proper air traffic control.”

Turkey which invaded Cyprus in 1974 and occupies its northern third ever since, presents the illegal air traffic control centre in occupied Tymbou as a legitimate ACC often creating problems in flight safety. The authority of Tymbou (Ercan) control over the Nicosia Flight Information Region (FIR) is not recognized by ICAO.

Furthemore, Demetriades said the EU and Eurocontrol has set a target of 0.3 minutes in flight delays.

Delays in Cyprus from the peak of 5 minutes in April 2014 have been reduced to below 1 minute in 2016 due to various measures and incentives implemented.

“We still have the highest delays in the EU and you understand this is a record which we don`t want to maintain under no circumstances,” Demetriades concluded.

CNA

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