The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), has recently announced on its website that Zambia is set to start its Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) National Implementation Plan to meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency for the development of air transport.
The plan is being overseen by the Zambian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and is expected to be established before the end of the year 2017.
ASBU is meant to achieve improvements on safety and costs with an approach on airport operations, globally interoperable systems and data, optimum capacity and flexible flights, and efficient flight path.
Once implemented, the system will ensure the interoperability of all the operations at every level at the airports, explained CAA’s Director Manager Gabriel Lesa, during a seminar about ASBU that recently took place in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
The Zambian national implementation plan is in line with ICAO’s 19th AFI Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG/19) conclusion nr6/19, which states that all the African nations must execute an ASBU regional plan to meet ICAO’s requirements.
Zambia is currently undertaking expansion works at a cost of USD 200 million on its four international airports in Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone, and Mfuwe to meet new international requirements.
Zambia’s civil aviation industry is expected to see a high growth during the following years, with Lusaka set to become the centre of trade for Southern and Central Africa, and Ndola experiencing a continuing growth in number of passengers and cargo due to its location in the copperbelt, according to Leigh Fischer Associates, an aviation consultancy group.