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Increased Air Traffic to Bring Better Safety Coordination

Thailand, Myanmar and India are collaborating to guide the airplanes flying though Bay of Bengal, U Win Swe Tun, director of Department of Civil Aviation, said.

“The number of airplanes planes passing through Myanmar air space is increasing. There is less space between the planes and the number of planes on the same route has increased. We are trying to guide them with technical supports,” he told a press conference.

Myanmar is currently collaborating with neighboring countries to ensure safety of the planes. While passing through Myanmar’s air space, the country receive revenue which can be used to buy modern equipment, training for staff and salaries for air traffic controllers.

But as there are still some discrepancies in the money collection and money transfer system, said U Win Swe Tun, adding that the department is trying to solve the problem.

Currently, the department is seeking to expand its technical support with the help of experts from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). There are three international control systems in place connected to the flight, which assist and guide the flight’s course, according to the department.

The DCA director said it is also important to prepare for the rescue procedures due to weather situations or disasters. He stressed that the department is currently using internationally approved safety devices.

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