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Airservices celebrates air traffic control in October

20 Oct 2015

Airservices has recognised the professional work of its employees in keeping our national airways system safe as part of the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller on 20 October.

Air traffic controllers are rostered on duty every hour of every day, 365 days a year to provide an essential service for Australia in helping travellers reach their destination safely and efficiently.

Australian air traffic controllers are responsible for managing the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and across 11 per cent of the world’s airspace.

Each year, our controllers ensure the safe arrival and departure of more than four million flights carrying more than 90 million passengers.

Air traffic controllers also play a key role in implementing safety enhancements and measures to reduce delays for passengers, improving efficiency and reducing fuel burn for airlines.

Airservices employs around 1000 controllers working from two major centres (Melbourne and Brisbane), terminal control units, and control towers at international and regional airports all over the country.