On 1 May 2013 LFV, together with the company Global Aerospace Logistics, GAL, took over the provision of air traffic services at Abu Dhabi Airports Company's airports in the United Arab Emirates. The contract is for a period of five years and signifies LFV’s largest international establishment of air traffic services to date.
ADAC has five airports for civilian operations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates. The largest of these, Abu Dhabi International, has comprehensive regular flight traffic and is the main airport for UAE's national airline, Etihad. The airport has approximately 12.5 million passengers and 120,000 movements per year. This means that its size is comparable to something between Stockholm Arlanda and Gothenburg Landvetter.
LFV won over the world's leading competitors
The contract shows that the partnership LFV has established with GAL is world class. LFV won the contract in competition with some of the world's most established and respected air traffic service providers. The contract is not only big and important in itself but it will be a reference object for LFV to introduce new business and a benchmark for more business in the region.
Abu Dhabi International is ranked as one of the world's best airports and only recently received, for the second consecutive year, the award for the best airport in the Middle East. Growth in the region is high and the ADAC is planning for a tripling of traffic and travelers until 2017.
GAL is the main supplier for operations whilst LFV is responsible for management functions within air traffic control and has the experience to operate civil aviation. Air traffic controllers are both Emirati and foreign air traffic controllers including employees from LFV. GAL is responsible for the maintenance of the airport's communications and navigation equipment which is used to create the provision of safe air traffic control. The agreement with ADAC contains the possibility of renewal for a further two years.
For the past 30 years, LFV has run its international business through its subsidiary, LFV Aviation Consulting. The company provides consulting within the area of air traffic services, and has worked in more than 75 countries, predominantly in Africa and the Far East.