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NATS and Ferrovial to take over services at 10 Spanish airports

29-Sep-2011 10:23 AM

NATS and Ferrovial have been awarded (28-Sep-2011) a contract to provide air traffic control services at Alicante, Valencia, Ibiza, Sabadell, Sevilla, Jerez, Melilla, Cuatro Vientos, Vigo and A Coruña airports in Spain. The partnership, named ferroNATS, is one of only two bidders to be selected by the Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, to take over air traffic control provision at 13 airports across Spain. These contracts represent the first step in the process of liberalising the provision of air traffic control at AENA’s airports, announced by the Spanish Government last year. The company stated AENA and ferroNATS are already in dialogue to understand the specific needs of these airports, and how best to transition service provision from the State to ferroNATS over the next several months. ferroNATS will become responsible for staffing and safe service provision at these towers. AENA will retain accountability for maintaining their technological and physical infrastructure. The annual cost of the service will be EUR18.1 million, down 50% from current costs. [more - original PR]