UPDATE: As mentioned in the last issue of The Controller, IFATCA has launched a fundraiser for our colleagues in Nepal. Donations can be made via the following bank account:
IFATCA EUROPEAN SUPPORT FUND (P.Peters/Ph.Domogala)
IBAN: NL95 ABNA 0494 4481 05
Bank details: ABN AMRO
6191 JH BEEK-LB
Clearly state: DONATION NEPAL
The International Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) wishes to acknowledge the incredible efforts achieved by the Nepalese air traffic controllers in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
Despite a number of the controllers having their own houses damaged or even destroyed, the controllers did their utmost to keep the vital ATC infrastructure fully operational, facilitating the urgently needed relief efforts, including the safe provision of search and rescue flights. Kathmandu international airport, which normally closes each night, was kept open 24 hours a day, handling a vastly increased number of flights, to ensure that international assistance and relief flights could take place as expeditiously as possible. The Nepalese air traffic controllers did this unquestioningly and ensured an uninterrupted ATC service, placing the need to maintain the ATC service above the needs of their own families. Most controllers were recommended to not return to their homes due to the ongoing threat of aftershocks.