AENA announced (07-Sep-2009) it has beeen granted a EUR450 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to upgrade and expand Spain’s air traffic control (ATC) facilities, to optimise their overall efficiency and ensure that they comply with ICAO and EUROCONTROL regulations. [more]
AENA recieves EUR450 million loan for air traffic control facilities
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