Thursday, February 09, 2023

Over 500 posts of Air Traffic Controllers currently vacant

New Delhi: In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that more than 500 posts of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) are currently vacant in the country.

The Ministry said in its reply: "As on January 31, 2023, the sanctioned strength of Air Traffic Controllers in Airports Authority of India (AAI) is 4,211 against which 3,692 ATCOs are in place."

As per Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), additional number of ATCOs required by AAI is 381 with cumulative additional requirement of 1,392 and 1,697 on December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2024, respectively, it added.

The AAI has three training institutes -- Civil Aviation Training College (CATC) in Prayagraj; Hyderabad Training Centre (HTC); and the National Institute of Aviation Training And Management (NIATAM), Gondia.

The existing combined capacity of the above training institutes is 575 for freshers/new recruits which is sufficient to cater to requirements of AAI.

Hence, no proposal for opening a new institute for the purpose is in the pipeline, said the Ministry.

It further informed that in the year 2019, 3,049 CISF posts were abolished at 61 airports leaving it with a strength of 27,218.

Subsequently the CISF strength has been augmented to 36,122 at 66 airports, which is almost 33 per cent more of the remaining strength of force in the year 2019.

The recruitment of sufficient manpower/ATCOs for smooth functioning of air traffic management is a continuous process, which is undertaken by the AAI based on the requirement of various airports.

The vacant posts of ATCOs are filled through direct recruitment as well as internally through departmental examination.

09/02/23 IANS/Times of India

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