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Less flight delays expected after launch of new management system —JICA

Less flight delays can be expected in the Philippine aviation industry soon, following the recent inauguration of the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems.

In an e-mailed statement, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said flight delays in the Philippines are expected to be minimized because of the new CNS/ATM Systems which was procured under a ¥22-billion loan amount from the Japanese agency.

"The project, completed in 2017 under the JICA Office Development Assistance (ODA) yen loan scheme, aims to help minimize flight delays and enhance air traffic safety in the country," the statement read.

This comes as the project entailed the installation of upgraded CNS/ATMs nationwide, including en-route surveillance radars in Aparri, Laoag, Cebu, Quezon-Palawan, and Zamboanga.

Surveillance radars were also installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), as well as in Mactan, Bacolod, Kalibo, and Davao.

"The aviation sector is a very important pillar and enabler of economic growth," JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.

"Thus, with this new facility under our cooperation, we aim to contribute further in improving the Philippine transport infrastructure sector," he added. — MDM, GMA News