Thursday, July 19, 2018

DGCA to hire experts to regulate Air Traffic Controllers as India looks to improve ICAO ranking

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is preparing to hire experts after it was named the nodal agency for providing licences to Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) by the aviation ministry to improve a crucial global aviation ranking.

ATCOs were hitherto regulated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) but the ministry decided to bring them under the ambit of the aviation regulator after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) gave India a poor ranking, said senior officials.

The exercise of licensing ATCOs will require additional manpower at the DGCA, which faces a severe staff crunch.

"We will be hiring experts to ensure smooth operations," said DGCA head BS Bhullar.

ICAO, the United Nations’ aviation agency, gave a ranking of 57.4 percent to India because AAI rather than the DGCA gives licences to ATCOs, contending that this practice leads to conflict of interest.
19/07/18 CNBC TV18
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