Rwanda: Kigali International Airport goes digital to improve air traffic navigation

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - All flights using Kigali International Airport from now rely on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), a new digital navigation system, in a move to meet world-class aviation standards, a senior official of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) said Thursday in Kigali.

The authority's Head of Communications and Public Relations, Tonny Barigye said that the new system cuts travel time as well as costs on the side of operators as airlines consume less fuel.

"It will replace [soon] the old conventional ground-based navigation system being used in the aviation industry, which is described as not powerful due to the lack flexibility," he explained.

The new system will especially be used in guiding pilots during completion of initial climb to cruise altitude and completion of controlled descent to the initial approach fix, according to Barigye.

From Kigali International Airport's perspective, having newer technological innovation, dedicated to improve operational efficiency is only a plus.

Official statistics indicate that Kigali International Airport recorded a 6 per cent increase in passenger traffic, with about 580,505 travellers going through the airport by December 2015, compared to 568,981 passengers in the same period in 2014.

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07 january 2016 17:57:27

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