Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) held meeting using video teleconferencing (VTC) with USAID and other stakeholders discussing Master Plans for four International Airports, including a National Airports Network Master Plan which has just been kicked off and will be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) is charged with the oversight and operation of more than 20 airports throughout Afghanistan. By analyzing the strategic importance of the markets each airport serves, and by understanding the differing needs of each airport, the ACAA was needed to prioritize and allocate resources accordingly. The National Airports Network Master Plan for Afghanistan will bring the focus away from individual airports into a holistic nationwide airport network. These documents will serve as a high-level strategic planning tools, looking at the needed development over a 10-year period, that will allow the ACAA to understand the needs of the air transport sector from an infrastructure, regulatory compliance, and operational requirements perspective. Overall this plan will provide a conceptual roadmap that prioritizes the infrastructure needs of the sector nationwide, guide maintenance of current infrastructure, and illustrate a path for future growth and development over the next decade.

Moreover, the National Airports Network Master Plan will better enable the ACAA to manage their revenue streams, budget allocation, and compliance to international regulations. These plans will serve as dynamic long-term planning documents to be utilized by the ACAA for the development of the air transport sector in Afghanistan.

#The_National_Airport_Network_Master_Plan_will_include_the_following_items:

#A. Prioritization of infrastructure needs (Airports Rationalization & Development Plans)

#B. Demonstration of safety related ICAO non-compliance (Airports Standardization)

#C. Budget allocation and requirements

#D. Development of investment and partnership opportunities

#E. Air Transport Sector Strategic Analysis

#F. Traffic Forecast

#G. Asset Inspection and Maintenance Needs

#H. Environmental Management and Impacts

#I. Target Operating Model

#J. Implementation Roadmap