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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 16:24 IST

UAE airports soar with a 15% Surge in Air Traffic During COP28: GCAA Director-General

Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), announced that UAE airports experienced a 15 per cent surge in air traffic.

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Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), announced that UAE airports experienced a 15 per cent surge in air traffic. | Image:x- cop28
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Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), announced that UAE airports experienced a 15 per cent surge in air traffic during the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) held at Expo City Dubai. He also revealed that Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai set a record for the highest daily air traffic in the history of UAE civil aviation, registering 2,848 movements on November 30, the first day of COP28, reported Emirates News Agency (WAM).

15 per cent increase in UAE's air traffic amid COP28

The rise in air traffic involved handling both scheduled and unscheduled flights, encompassing private and business aircraft. Al Suwaidi highlighted that the GCAA initiated preparations to host this significant international event well in advance, collaborating with all its strategic partners.

They conducted meetings and daily communication sessions to discuss plans, enhance air navigation management systems to accommodate the anticipated surge and conduct simulation exercises. This was particularly crucial as the conference coincided with the peak tourism season for this time of the year.

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Al Suwaidi stated that the committees responsible for aviation and airports formulated necessary contingency plans to manage the expected increase in air traffic during COP28. They launched a dedicated electronic platform to oversee air traffic and closely monitor incoming flights in continuous coordination with air traffic administrations in neighbouring countries. He underscored that, thanks to the efforts of all strategic partners, the UAE aviation sector ensured the smooth and safe arrival and departure of all conference guests.

 

What are the highlights of COP28?

Historic Fossil Fuel Agreement: COP28 culminated in a groundbreaking agreement among nearly 200 countries to initiate the reduction of global fossil fuel consumption, representing a significant stride towards ultimately concluding the oil age.

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Financial Aid for Climate Damage:The summit commenced by establishing a long-anticipated fund designed to aid low-income countries in meeting the costs of climate-related damages, addressing a crucial aspect of climate justice.

Net Zero Pledges: Countries like Canada and Belgium unveiled more ambitious net-zero targets than previously set, while Dubai committed to a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030.

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Clean Energy Transition: COP28 placed a strong emphasis on expediting the transition to clean energy sources to substantially decrease greenhouse gas emissions before 2030.

Climate Finance Commitments: There was a unified effort to secure financial support for climate action from wealthier nations to developing countries, including discussions on a new deal for the latter.

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Nature and People Focus: COP28 emphasized the importance of concentrating on nature and people, ensuring that climate actions were inclusive and considerate of biodiversity and human well-being.

Paris Agreement Progress: The summit endeavored to make progress towards the established goals of the Paris Agreement, emphasizing the reduction of both the consumption and production of fossil fuels in a just and equitable manner.

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Global Climate Fund Contributions: National governments and organizations announced commitments to climate finance, supporting funds such as the Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, and others.

Carbon Market Rules: Building on COP26 outcomes, COP28 continued refining rules on reporting emissions and international carbon trading, striving to establish a robust framework for global carbon markets.

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Inclusivity and Equity: The draft text released during COP28 advocated for reducing reliance on fossil fuels in a manner that was just, orderly, and equitable, stressing the necessity of a transition that considered the needs of all countries and communities.

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 16:10 IST

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