CAAP Press Release

26 July 2019

Pasay City – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Friday, 26 July 2019, held the commencement of comprehensive operations for the country’s new Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC)  at the CAAP central office compound in Mia Road Pasay City.

CAAP Director General Jim C. Sydiongco lead in the ceremony with JICA senior representative Ms. KIYO KAWABUCHI, JICA Section Chief Ms. LEAH PENARROYO, Ms. YUKI KIMURA, JICA Program Officers Mr. JOHN RAYMAR PISCOS and Ms. AMANDA BACANI, Embassy of Japan Economic Affairs Ministers Mr. MAKOTO IYORI, CAAP Deputy Director General for Operations Capt. DON MENDOZA, and PAL Assistant Vice President for Integrated Operations Control Center Mr. TOMAS SOTTO in attendance.

Director General Sydiongco expressed his utmost gratitude to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their partnership in management of the CNS/ATM project with a total of Php 10.8 Billion. It was completed October last year and is now concluding its transitional operations this year. 

The new air traffic management system, which was first inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte last January 16, 2018, will help upgrade ASEAN connectivity, further develop aviation safety, optimize the airspace, reduce CO2 emissions, and promote greener skies.

The introduction of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) and the Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) to the CNS/ATM will be able to cover 100% of the remaining oceanic airspace, hence increasing air traffic safety and capacity in the oceanic region of the Manila FIR.

The commencement of comprehensive operations rites held today formally concludes the transitional operations of the new ATMC as the CAAP continue to improve the country’s CNS/ATM system. It provides various computer-aided safety measures in Air Traffic Control (ATC), and enhances safety through reduction of controller/pilot workloads and human errors. With the integration, the country’s air transport industry will benefit from increased airspace flexibility, optimal air traffic personnel workload delegation, safer air traffic service provision, and better overall efficiency of the country’s aviation sector. 

The new CNS/ATM Systems works by sending satellite signals to aircraft transponders and by using transponder transmissions to determine precise locations of aircrafts in the sky.

The new ATM System will also introduce Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) and Air Space Management (ASM) functions, which optimize the use of airport capacity and the efficient use of airspace, hence minimizing delays and allowing more flexible and user-preferred air-route selection.

The integration to the new system will bring modernized facilities that will help the Philippines catch up to the aviation infrastructure of its neighboring countries. All off the system’s functions and features will allow for more heads-up in aerodrome traffic surveillance and in reducing the workload of ATCs, thus increasing situational awareness and efficiency of air traffic management.