Impartiality of international civil aviation body hailed

Ottawa, Abu Dhabi: The decision of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regarding Qatar’s complaint proves its impartiality, the Director-General of UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said on Thursday.

Commenting on ICAO’s decision, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, said that the impartiality of the organisation confirms the reasons for which it was established, and that is to ensure the safety of civil aviation all across the world.

Al Suwaidi hailed the decision taken by ICAO and its council in which they refused to intervene in political disputes.

The council members said that such issues should be discussed in the concerned specialised arenas, with the ICAO council chairman stating during the extraordinary session that New York is only an hour away from Montreal, in reference to UN’s headquarters.

The headquarters of the ICAO, a UN specialized agency, is located in Montreal.

The organisation was established by states in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). It also has regional offices located in Bangkok, Cairo, Dakar, Lima, Mexico, Nairobi and Paris.

The council expressed his appreciation to the General-Secretariat and the four concerned countries for their preparations concerning the nine emergency routes in the Gulf region.

He called on the General-Secretariat to continue coordination with the concerned and neighbouring countries to ensure the quick implementation of any other emergency preparations.

Al Suwaidi stressed that the emergency routes are only a temporary measure and are established during extraordinary circumstances and when air traffic rises over a small and limited area.

He pointed out that UAE airspace is still closed for Qatar-registered aircrafts.

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