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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, HE Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, announced today that the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided that the Kingdom of Bahrain will continue to manage air traffic in the airspace over international waters of the Persian Gulf, extending from the borders of the United States Flight Information Region (FIR) of the United Arab Emirates to the borders of the FIR of the State of Kuwait.
HE Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed welcomed the decision which follows the results of the 225th session of the ICAO Council.
All Member States of the Council commended the long-standing air navigation services provided by the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Kingdom has successfully managed the ICAO mandate since 1959, providing safe and efficient air traffic control services that have won the approval of ICAO and the airlines that use the airspaces.
In accordance with international laws that grant countries the right to exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above their territories, the establishment of the Doha FIR was approved to include airspace above land and water from the State of Qatar.
The Council stressed the continued importance of conducting the technical studies necessary to ensure the safety and efficiency of air traffic operations, in addition to regional compatibility, following any changes to air navigation plans.
HE Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed noted that the Kingdom of Bahrain affirms its commitment to cooperate with ICAO and all its Member States, as well as the Kingdom’s commitment to providing air navigation services of the highest quality and efficiency.