South Sudan launches a new air traffic management system. The South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (SSCAA) announced that the new state-of-the-art, online system allows the opening of new routes, boosts tourism, and generates much-needed revenue for the economy. Operators of commercial, cargo, and aid aircraft can now integrate Juba International Airport into their routes.
The airspace management system launch marks a significant milestone in the ongoing expansion of South Sudan’s sovereign infrastructure and its continued integration into the global marketplace.
According to SSCAA, the newly established lower airspace was launched in partnership with aviation solutions provider NavPass. Its work with the SSCAA includes airspace design, the installation of a fully automated and AI-powered fee collection system, and compliance with the latest ICAO safety guidelines, government regulations, and best practices. It is also compliant with International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards.
Publication of South Sudan’s Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) manual on June 17 marked the official launch of the airspace. The public document contains the operational protocols and specifications of the airspace, enabling all international operators and airliners to integrate the Juba terminal control area (TMA) into their routes.
SSCAA said the advanced technology now enables it to automatically identify and charge overflight fees to all aircraft entering South Sudan airspace. It’s a global standard practice that will see tens of millions of dollars of previously unrealized revenue reinvested into aviation infrastructure, which will jump-start the country’s economy.
SSCAA revealed that building the airspace from the ground up has helped in sidestepping the reliance on legacy infrastructure that prevents many of the world’s economies from integrating the latest technologies into their airspace design and fee collection systems.
New system is built on Performance Based Navigation
Built on the global-standard Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) system, South Sudan’s airspace uses an AI-powered platform to record all flights in real-time. The system automatically collects more than 99 percent of eligible fees–compared with the 70-80 percent collected by some of the world’s largest economies – with zero margins for human error or fee diversion.
Tom Perkins, CEO of NavPass, said on the launch of the new air traffic management system: “This is a huge moment for South Sudan and NavPass, the establishment of an internationally compliant and globally accessible airspace is a critical and symbolic move for the country in building economic potential, connectivity, and business.”
“For every dollar invested in sovereign airspace, capacity translates into between five and 20 dollars of economic impact. We’re proud to be working with governments across the world, including South Sudan, to optimize and monetize airspace, bridging the divide between nations,” Perkins added.
Capt. David Subek Dada, CEO of SSCAA, said: “Through this partnership with NavPass, South Sudan will see higher volumes of aviation trade, greater business opportunities, and improved route efficiency, safety, and reliability. This marks a crucial step towards a more prosperous future for the whole of South Sudan through additional direct and indirect economic activity.”