RESTRUCTURING IN CAA IN LINE WITH CHANGING TRENDS
Mar 10 - 16, 2008
Efforts of the new CAA management, headed by the Director General hailing from the corporate world, seem to have put the national aviation authority on the right track for adapting to the changing trends. The restructuring that CAA is undergoing now has long been needed to bring it in line with the aviation authorities of international standard.
The current reshaping is expected to bring will revolutionize CAA in all aspects, giving it more of a corporate outlook. The restructuring is a vital part of the manifold strategy to make CAA Pakistan comparable with world's top aviation authorities.
The restructuring plan has its primary and total focus on the Human Resource Development aspects through ensuring maximum participation in inland and abroad training programs by CAA for enhancing their professional capability. For that matter, there has been a strong emphasis on upgrading of the employees working standards.
CAA restructuring team has worked out proper job descriptions, skills track, and profiles for its employees on all positions. A pure merit-based promotion system has also been evolved for CAA employees. Developing tasks and targets for CAA and drilling these down to individuals has also been a major part of the restructuring plan. One of the most attractive features of the restructuring plan is raise in salary packages and the first-time-ever introduction of the concept of occupational health and safety in the organization.
Installation of the required office equipment, such as computers with certain software, punch in biometric time & attendance system, etc, is also under way in CAA offices throughout Pakistan. Mobile telephones and laptop computers will also be provided to officers for complete ease of work.
For issues relating to lack of work ownership and responsibility among employees, a new rewarding system has been placed in use. This rewarding system will help in the assessment of employees on the basis on their profile and capabilities, not only on seniority basis.
Moreover, the new fundamental structure of CAA has been framed to place more emphasis on the core functions of the organization i.e. Regulatory, Air Navigation Services, and Airport Services.
The most important development has been the holding of a three-day workshop with a wide-ranging cross-section representation comprising people from different functions of CAA to develop the future organization under the stewardship of LUMS. The key resultant of the workshop was development of a common Mission, Vision, and Core Values for CAA.
Now with many changes applied, underway, and in the pipeline, CAA is expected to regain its strength and emerge as an aviation authority of international standard with world class services and state-of-the-art working conditions and facilities for its employees.
EMIRATES PAKISTAN TO FLY TO GUANGZHOU
The ancient city of Guangzhou, now China's economic powerhouse, will join Emirates' sprawling six-continent non-stop network on 1st July.
Stated to play an important role in the 100-plus destinations on Emirates' route map, Guangzhou (IATA code: CAN) will be Emirates' fourth gateway in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, spoke about the rationale of launching services into the city: "Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region. The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life. Guangzhou serves as an air travel hub for Guangdong and the South China provinces, which significantly expands our span and reach."
Starting 1st July, Emirates' EK362 will fly non-stop to Guangzhou four times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with an Airbus A330-200 in a two class configuration - 27 seats in Business and 251 in Economy. Beginning 1st October, Emirates will also fly the route on Fridays.
From 1st December the airline will fly daily to Guangzhou with an A340-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration ñ 12 seats in First, 42 in Business and 213 in Economy ñ on six days, and an A330-200 on the seventh in a three-class configuration ñ 12 in First, 42 in Business and 183 in Economy.
EK362 will take-off from Dubai at 10:35 hours and arrive in Guangzhou at 22:20 hours, turning around at 23:55 hours to arrive in Dubai at 03:40 hours, next day.
Guangzhou is the third largest air travel hub in China and the capital of the Guangdong province, taking economic centre stage in the Pearl River Delta industrial zone. Guangdong province attracts a high percentage of foreign direct investments and nearly 200 Fortune 500 companies. The Canton Fair held twice every year entices entrepreneurs and executives from around the world.
But Guangzhou is not just about industry and manufacturing. The city attracts large contingents of visitors to its historical sites that include 123 state-protected sites, street shopping and its ever-popular Cantonese cuisine. The city will host the 2010 Asian games.
Cargo is an integral part of Emirates' overall strategy for every destination and Guangzhou is no different. In 2006, trade between Guangzhou and UAE touched US$2.9 billion, with textiles, shoes, medicines, machinery, equipments, and metals all being part of the commodity mix. Emirates SkyCargo's range of solutions and 13- to 15-tonne capacity is expected to up the ante on the existing trade ties between Guangzhou and the UAE as well as the rest of the airline's network.