Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines hosts China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group meet

November 05, 2018

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is hosting the Seventh Meeting of the South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group (SCSTFRG/7) from November 5 to 7 in a hotel in Pasay City.

CAAP Spokesman Eric Apolonio said 37 delegates from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Asia and Pacific (APAC) member states and international organizations are attending the meeting and that CAAP assistant director general for operations Capt. Donaldo Mendoza welcomed the delegates and participants.

Among the attendees are South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group Chairman Jamil Khir Bin Mohammed, ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub-Office Regional Officer Yan Yonggang, and ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub-Office Regional Officer Mior Adli Bin Mior Sallehhuddin.

The Seventh Meeting of the South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group was established by the South-East Asia ATS Coordination Group (SEACG) to review the traffic flow in the overall South China Sea airspace, air routes and the suitability of the flight level allocation scheme (FLAS)/flight level orientation scheme (FLOS) to optimize airspace capacity and enhance flight safety in the long term.

It also reports the outcome of the review and recommendations to the SEACG. The primary group consists of China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA).

The meeting, Apolonio said, also aims to convene and encourage APAC member states to move forward in its efforts to optimize the South China Sea airspace structure as well as ensure the safe and efficient conduct of flight and aviation activities in the region.