MANILA - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said on Wednesday that an upgrade and new backup are needed in the country's air traffic system to avoid a repeat of the New Year's Day flight fiasco.
CAAP said improvements are needed in the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) to prevent another technical glitch.
Hundreds of flights and thousands of passengers were affected by a technical issue on New Year's Day due to a power supply glitch in the system that monitor's the country's entire airspace.
In a hearing with the Houe Committee on Transportation, CAAP Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo said they have identified several needed improvements to the CNS/ATM.
“To avoid this kind of circumstance recurring, we recommend the following plans for the CNS/ATM: restore and enhance to its original design before the incident, procurement of the multi-mode fallback system which is considered a systems upgrade,” Tamayo said.
“We are also looking at] the construction of an independent backup for CNS/ATM, and hiring of a third party contractor to provide oversight,” he added.
CAAP earlier said its system was already lagging when it was first used in 2019.