30-Dec-2010 9:25 AM

Spain to sell air traffic control at 13 airports

Spain commenced seeking independent operators of air traffic control towers at 13 airports (Bloomberg, 30-Dec-2010). The process of selecting operators of control towers at airports in cities including Valencia, Seville, La Palma, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Ibiza, Alicante, Sabadell, Jerez, La Coruna, Vigo, Cuatro Vientos and Melilla will take approximately seven months while preparing the new controllers will take another three. Spain will open up control tower operations at other airports from 2012. More privatisations are to follow. The government plans to sell air traffic control services in a total of 47 airports.