The operations director of Empresa Nacional de Navegación Aérea (ECNA) de Cuba, Ricardo Martínez, said in an interview with the Cuban News Agency (ACN) that Caribbean island is only preceded in that field by big countries like Argentina and Brazil.
He added that almost all air traffic from Central and South America, bound for Florida and other major airports in the United States, flies over Cuba, hence the country's position on the list.
Martínez noted that other Latin American countries do not handle the air traffic that Cuba does. He added that the International Civil Aviation Organization predicted a growth in air traffic for Cuba of 3 percent this year, compared to 2016.
The official noted that the term air corridor is no longer use, the terms used now are routes in direct line and short distances conceived in the Regional Navigation Plan.
Five years ago, Cuba broke the record of 300,000 air traffic operations a year, and this year it may exceed 350,000 controlled flights (more than 800 every day with peaks of more than 1,000), the expert underlined.
He explained that the largest number of planes flies over Ciego de Ávila, adding that American Airlines shares 25 percent of the total daily operations crossing over Cuba, followed by corporative and private aircrafts.
The air traffic controllers guarantee the safety of the aircrafts when they land, takeoff and fly over Cuban airspace, aided by a radar network; its main function is to prevent collisions between planes,and guarantee the direct flow, free and safety of the flights,said Martínez. (PL)