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​MID Region Contingency Coordination Team continues to build strength

In 2014 IATA introduced the Middle East ICAO Contingency Coordination Team (CCT). The team, endorsed by the Middle East states and ICAO, was set up to be able to effectively address major aviation security and operational challenges in the region requiring urgent action and cross border cooperation to resolve effectively.

The CCT consists of two permanent members - IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization Middle East Regional Office (ICAO-MID). Temporary CCT members are selected on a case-by-case basis as deemed necessary depending on the issue. Affected States, international agencies and other organizations can also be contacted by ICAO to join the team as required - as temporary members.

The CCT has been activated and deactivated multiple times since its inception in 2014. Certain files remain in an ‘activated’ status due to regional challenges that do not support a return to normal operations.
The effectiveness of the CCT was evident recently when an unpredicted weather event caused additional challenges for airlines and States during an ICAO Middle East Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (MIDANPRG) being held in Kuwait.

As the MIDANPIRG was being attended by the CCT’s two permanent members (ICAO-MID and IATA) as well as the States and operators affected by the weather challenge there was an opportunity to hold a live CCT. This was the first live meeting for the region since its inception in 2014.

The CCT meeting was attended by ICAO, IATA, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Iran and Etihad Airways. Utilizing an open Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) process, inputs were provided, discussed and a solution found in forty-five minutes. The challenge was overcome in a way that was predictive and understood by states and airlines who expressed their satisfaction with the procedure/processes.

The success of the CCT has resulted in it being incorporated into the ICAO-MID contingency plan. As the MID Region does not currently have a centralized ‘Command Center/Network Manager’ in place the CCT has proven to be a crucial alternative means of managing information exchange.

The CCT process utilizes CDM between stakeholders and as such has had a positive impact regionally in supporting the education and awareness of the CDM process. This has seen the CDM process migrate into different operational challenges within the region. Lessons learnt are, in-turn, applied to future CCTs.

“IATA will continue to drive the concept of open CDM in the MID Region to better support the challenges faced in safety, efficiency, capacity and to meet the growing demands of International air transport”. Ken Sewell – IATA Regional Director, Safety & Flight Operations - Middle East & North Africa.

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The members of the CCT in action in Kuwait  

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