Monday, September 07, 2015

Air traffic soars, but no ATC officers hired in three years

Mumbai: Despite the ever growing shortage of personnel who provide air navigation services in the country, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has not recruited any air traffic control officers in the last three years. While it conducted written exams in April this year, the authority has been particularly slow with the recruitment process.

Since 2005, the AAI recruited about 200 air traffic control officers every year till 2012. Then, following a recruitment scam, the hiring was stopped. According to an AAI estimate, the personnel shortfall between 2013 and 2017 was pegged at 2,987.

In the last week of April, the AAI restarted the recruitment process and conducted written exams of 200 air traffic control officers. "Though the results were ready in 15 days, it was suspiciously not declared for over two months," said an AAI official. The results were finally declared on August 6, but interviews were not held immediately. "It will be June 2016 by the time these candidates are selected and trained and are ready to join as junior executives," the official added.
07/09/15 Times of India
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