Avinor has entered into an agreement to hire air traffic control personnel for the Oslo Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC) from LFV Aviation Consulting. The controllers will be ready for operational duty before the summer of 2013. The measure is one of several designed to bolster air traffic control capacity in eastern Norway.
“We are very happy to have this agreement in place. The hiring of air traffic control staff is one of several measures to ensure that we provide the services our customers and society at large expect,” says CEO of Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen.
“This is a big step for ATC in Scandinavia. We show the whole world that we can help each other in difficult situations, I am very happy that we could provide this win-win solution, for all parties involved”, says CEO of LFV Aviation Consulting, Lars Håkansson.
The agreement initially entails that four air traffic controllers are hired by Oslo ATCC for three years, with an option for a further year. Training starts immediately. Avinor has an option to hire more resources as required when training capacity permits. In addition to hiring air traffic controllers, Avinor’s recruitment and training of air traffic controller students continues unabated.
More than twenty measures have been developed to ensure improved operational stability in Avinor’s air navigation service. In addition to increased staffing, other measures include moving as many air traffic controllers to the Oslo area as possible, distributing overtime more evenly among employees, work on increasing training capacity and optimizing holiday rosters by spreading the summer holiday break over a longer period.