UK air navigation services provider NATS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to work more closely on a range of airport planning, capacity and efficiency projects.
NATS is the first-ever foreign company to sign an MOU with the JCAB; it has maintained close relations with Japan’s civil aviation authority for several years.
NATS CEO Richard Deakin said the agreement “will help to further consolidate our relationships in Japan and in the wider region.”
JCAB director general ANS Masashi Omoda said: “We value NATS' expertise and hope our closer association will be beneficial to both organizations, especially with the challenges of the forthcoming Olympics and expected growth in air traffic in Japan.”
At the signing ceremony, Deakin gave a presentation on how NATS handled air traffic during the London Olympics as Japan prepares for Tokyo 2020.
The agreement comes a year after NATS sealed a similar partnership with the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), an aviation consultancy that also works closely with JCAB. Since then, NATS has provided capacity analysis for JCAB at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports and worked in partnership with MRI for the Narita Airport Authority and the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
The growth of aviation in the Asia-Pacific region, and especially in emerging economies, presents a major business opportunity for NATS. Last month, Deakin announced on the company’s blog that NATS plans to open its first permanent office in the region during 2014.