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Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Chooses Frequentis to Enhance its Airspace Communications Ahead of FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup is around the corner and as preparations continue in Qatar, the state’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) has selected Frequentis to upgrade its existing voice communication system (VCS) and modernize its air traffic control towers.

This is to help meet air traffic demand resulting from the World Cup in the country in 2022. The tournament expects to significantly increase the number of visitors to the region, with daily air traffic numbers anticipated to increase from 700 to 1800 movements.

QCAA is upgrading both its main and back VCS systems to enhance airport operations and maintain safety as airspace demands change. The backups will benefit from Frequentis’ next-generation VHS, X10, to increase resilience. In addition, QCAA will also implement Frequentis electronic flight strips in air traffic control facilities to support air traffic controllers ineffectively managing the increased workload and maintaining safety during peak air traffic movements.

“Frequentis has provided QCAA with reliable ATM systems since the 1990s. Our electronic Flight Strips integrated with the ATM system marks the next generation of tower automation, which will allow QCAA to handle the expected, significant air traffic increase,” noted Josef Kutschi, Managing Director Frequentis Middle East.

Both the digitalization of paper strips and the implementation of the IT-based VCS, X10, fulfill the latest demands for tower digitalization, paving the way for automation and efficiency and improving controllers’ situational awareness and workflows.

“The X10 architecture allows for a flexible, scalable, and modern approach to air traffic management and smart strips an essential tool to support controllers in their challenging role,” says Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Vice President ATM and Chairman of the ATM Executive Team said in a press statement. “We are pleased to be working with QCAA on this modernization the added benefits of X10 will fully prepare QCAA for its upcoming airspace demands.”

Headquartered in Vienna, Frequentis, is a global supplier of communication and information systems for control centers with safety-critical tasks.


  • Victor Shalton

    Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Victor’s love for aviation goes way back to when he was 11-years-old. Living close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he developed a love for planes and he even recalls aspiring to be a future airline executive for Kenya Airways. He also has a passion in the arts and loves writing and had his own aviation blog prior to joining AirlineGeeks. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at DeKUT and aspiring to make a career in a more aviation-related course.

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