Red lights for aviation

Red lights for aviation

AIR traffic over Namibia has increased rapidly over the past few years, placing a strain on outdated equipment, tight budgets and understaffed aviation offices.

The Namibian Air Traffic Controllers Association (Namatca) says despite some progress made to improve the working conditions of air-traffic controllers, there were still serious shortages of personnel. “Another three controllers left Government services since January 2007.At least another four colleagues are in discussions with a new employer.So far, 45 per cent of qualified air traffic controllers resigned since January 1999,” it says.”These factors hamper the effective and safe provision of air traffic services in Namibia.We urge Government to pursue the establishment of the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without further delay.”The NCAA would not only address the many challenges, but would provide a better service to the aviation industry, the association feels.Namatca observed the International Day of the Air-Traffic Controller on Saturday.The day was set aside by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA) to give recognition to controllers’ considerable contribution to the development of air transport worldwide.”Aviation safety has become a serious concern given the increase in number of aircraft, growth and complexity of air transport industry.While the mode of air transport is inherently safe, we must guard against complacency, recklessness and lack of commitment,” the organisation said in a statement.Air travel in Namibia has increased by over 15 per cent since 2000, and 70 per cent of the more than a million tourists and business people visiting Namibia arrived by air.”Another three controllers left Government services since January 2007.At least another four colleagues are in discussions with a new employer.So far, 45 per cent of qualified air traffic controllers resigned since January 1999,” it says.”These factors hamper the effective and safe provision of air traffic services in Namibia.We urge Government to pursue the establishment of the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) without further delay.”The NCAA would not only address the many challenges, but would provide a better service to the aviation industry, the association feels.Namatca observed the International Day of the Air-Traffic Controller on Saturday.The day was set aside by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA) to give recognition to controllers’ considerable contribution to the development of air transport worldwide.”Aviation safety has become a serious concern given the increase in number of aircraft, growth and complexity of air transport industry.While the mode of air transport is inherently safe, we must guard against complacency, recklessness and lack of commitment,” the organisation said in a statement.Air travel in Namibia has increased by over 15 per cent since 2000, and 70 per cent of the more than a million tourists and business people visiting Namibia arrived by air.

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