The European Regional Meeting of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’Associations, was held from 19th– 21st October in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was attended by 36 of the 42member associations representing most States fromall over Europe with more than 150 participants,showing the continued dedication of Air Traffic Controllers in Europe.
Stringent cutbacks in personnel, recruitment andinvestments by Air Navigation Service Providers(ANSPs) have an unfiltered impact on a number of European member associations. The investment inpeople – the air traffic controller – remains a vital issue in this highly complex and technical environment.Just culture and the protection of air traffic controllers in the execution of their profession require moreattention than ever before. Legal protection for controllers remains a top priority for IFATCA.
“We are appalled at the extreme measures takenby several European ANSPs’ against aviation safetyprofessionals throughout the region who have had the courage to speak out about safety relatedproblems associated with staffing, training, and otherserious conditions of employment,” said ZeljkoOreski, IFACTA’s Executive Vice-President for the European region.