India could face shortage of ATC officers
Responding to the suggestion by DGCA chief Arun Mishra, AAI Chairman VP Agrawal said the average annual intake of ATCOs was about 250, apart from an almost similar number for communication officers. "We will step up this recruitment process in the coming days," he said.
They were speaking at the opening of the four-day Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Federation of ATC Association here.
Expressing concern over airlines criticising "high airport charges", the AAI chief said the navigation charges in India were "25-30 per cent lower than Europe and China. And yet, the IATA (International Air Transport Association) speaks of high charges."
He said the improvements in air traffic flow management and navigation systems had led to lesser fuel burn for aircraft and has helped airlines save lot of resources.
Referring to the new satellite-based augmentation system GAGAN to be implemented next year, Agrawal said the Indian Air Force has also come forward to cooperate in the flexible use of airspace that would considerably improve air traffic flow over the Indian airspace. "This will be a game-changer".
Terming ATCOs as "unsung heroes of aviation" who kept the skies safe, the DGCA chief said a major challenge facing the aviation sector was its rapid growth which was yet to be matched by
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