Muscat: The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) will shift to a new premise in Muscat and Salalah this year.
At an open dialogue session held with the PACA employees, Dr Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi, CEO of PACA, said, "The operations of the air traffic management centre and its affiliates, including the premises of the training and emergency sections and the northern runway, air traffic control in Muscat and Salalah airports will shift."
Al Zaabi expressed the hope that "Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project is completed this year, which is the core component in activating e-government requirements at PACA."
Al Zaabi said, "The PACA has paid attention to all its cadres. A wide range of training programmes have been implemented, benefiting a large number of staff from various disciplines and the top management at PACA enrolled at 'Coaching' training programme. In addition, PACA has become one of the first government institutions to implement this new style of on the job training for top management."
He stressed that PACA plays an active role in international and regional organisations, and has made significant achievement by being elected as a member of the Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission, as well as a member of all the five technical committees in that commission, in addition to being selected for the post of Vice-President of the Executive Council of the Arab Civil Aviation Commission.
Al Zaabi said that civil aviation has a promising future as a result of the establishment of PACA.
The resultant focus on this sector will ensure that it supports the national economy and helps in diversifying the national income. Also, it will give rise to great investment opportunities, he said, adding that efforts were on to achieve integration between civil aviation, tourism and economic sectors.
Currently, the focus is on the economic and industrial areas, such as Duqm and Sohar and they all complement each other, just as the civil aviation sector complements other sectors.