Air traffic volume expected to climb by year end

Azlan Othman

With the increasing number of destinations, the volume of air traffic for the country is forecast to increase from 3.5 per cent to five per cent by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, 1.6 million passengers were recorded in the third quarter of 2019, a 16 per cent increase over the same period in 2018 of 1.38 million passengers.

This was highlighted by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof in his speech marking International Civil Aviation Day 2019.

Air and cargo movement activity also increased by 21.7 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively. This growth is expected to continue, with the increase of destinations and the frequency of aviation services.

International Civil Aviation Day, which falls annually on December 7, marks its 25th anniversary this year since its introduction by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1994.

This year, the theme selected for the International Civil Aviation Day celebrations is ‘75 Years of Connecting the World’.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the achievement for 2018 saw 22,000 cities worldwide connected by air transport. This achievement has boosted the growth of passenger transport to 4.4 billion people with a growth of 6.28 per cent from the previous year.

For Brunei Darussalam so far, 47 Air Service Agreements have been signed through bilateral cooperation. With this achievement, 15 countries were connected through 31 cities compared to the previous year, which linked only 22 cities.

This number is expected to increase further in 2020, with the signing of new air agreements through bilateral and multilateral cooperation between ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners. Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Korea recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open air transport services rights between the two countries.

In terms of safety and preparedness in dealing with civil aviation incidents, the Department of Civil Aviation organised a Table Top Exercise for Air Emergency in collaboration with stakeholders in December 2019. Such periodic training is intended to be conducted at least once in every two years.