The latest edition of The Economist (an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper, published in the UK) had an article (unfortunately behind a paywall) that examined air traffic control and more specifically, the industry’s difficulties and challenged in Europe.

While the article paints a mostly accurate picture of the ATC (or Air Traffic Management – ATM) situation around the world in terms of staff/capacity shortages and delays, the root causes are largely missing from their analysis. Unfortunately, the investigative journalism required to produce this article has missed the opportunity to talk to all the stakeholders, contrast the different points of view and present a balanced overview of the situation.

That being the case, it has prompted a reaction from the IFATCA and GATCO Executive Board, which you can read here.

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