Local June 10, 2024 | 8:46 am

Two radars to be installed at Cibao International Airport

Santiago.- The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) has announced the installation of advanced primary and secondary aeronautical radars, as well as a new meteorological radar, at Cibao International Airport (AIC).

Héctor Porcella, the general director of IDAC, stated that these initiatives are part of the government’s efforts to equip the Cibao region with cutting-edge technology, in response to the growing volume of international flights.

Porcella reported that he met with AIC management last Friday to discuss the location of the new radar, which is nearly ready for installation. “It will be completed before the end of the year,” he assured.

While the operational security of AIC and other regional airports has never been compromised, the installation of this new equipment will significantly enhance security. Existing radars already provide coverage for the area.

Porcella emphasized that a country where tourism is a major economic driver must lead in air safety. The new radars are from the French company Thales, known worldwide. “To interconnect these radars and provide comprehensive service to the country, they must use the same technology,” he explained.

The two weather radars, from a Thai brand and the latest of their generation, are the first of their kind to be installed in the Caribbean, South, and Central America. One radar will be located on Loma Isabel de Torres to serve the airports of Puerto Plata, Samaná, and Santiago. Another will be in Santo Domingo, benefiting the José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of the Americas, the San Isidro Air Base, and Higüero Airport.

Regarding the expansion of AIC, Porcella highlighted the significant investment being made, noting its importance for the Cibao region. “IDAC is providing all the necessary support for this initiative,” he said.

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Paul Tierney
June 10, 2024 8:58 am

This is good news. It helps ensure safer travel for the flying public, an incentive for international regulatory air agencies and additional airlines to sign on to Dominican routes. It may assist the possibilities of fare reductions.