With successful Site Acceptance of COMSOFT’s AIDA-NG and CADAS solutions complete, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) now find themselves among some of the most technologically advanced ANSPs in the region.
After a competitive tender phase CAAB elected COMSOFT as their preferred partner based on their long track record in the advanced and mature technology. Further motivation was the multitude of ANSPs already taking advantage of the German expert’s reliable and cost effective solution, noted to provide a significant reduction in maintenance costs.
Bangladesh’s 55,000 square kilometres are inhabited by around 150 million people, making it one of the most populous countries in the world.
Bangladesh’s main and largest airport, Shah Jalal, in capital city Dhaka acts as an international hub for the leisure and business travel of four million international passengers per year, on top of one million domestic travellers.
Cities Dhaka and Chittagong are among the fastest growing cities in the world and are responsible for much of the country’s recent growth.
The central system of COMSOFT’s AIDA-NG and CADAS solutions have been installed around Shah Jalal airport in Dhaka, with additional remote airports of Chittagong and Sylhet each housing an additional CADAS-ATS terminal.
Market-leading product AIDA-NG will provide central message switching and gateway services for the country, while the advanced terminal solution CADAS gives users and operators highly comfortable access to aeronautical information such as flight plans. The contract also includes the provision of VSAT connections with successful installations in Dhaka.
Air Commodore M Shafiqul Alam, Member, Operations and Planning, CAAB said: “We are aware of the increasing demands of air traffic volume and are concerned with maintaining safety standards. It is therefore vital for our system to be future proof, with the ability to transmit advanced data formats.
"By upgrading our message handling systems with COMSOFT’s AMHS solutions we will bring them in line with the latest ICAO standards and provide a reliable and sturdy solution. ”
Bangladesh’s landscape of low lying plains, farms and rivers suffers heavy rainfall and flooding, especially during the four month monsoon season, therefore the ability for AIDA-NG to transmit XML-based data formats like weather information will greatly assist the country with future operational challenges.
With the installation of COMSOFT’s message handling system (AMHS) CAAB will bring themselves fully in line with the latest ICAO standards, while also facilitating the increase of passenger numbers and cargo through the country, essential for the country’s growth.