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Spain's Air Traffic Control to be Privatised by 2013

Tue 14th Dec 2010

Jose Blanco, Spain's Minister for Development, today announced plans for the privatisation of 13 of the country's air traffic control towers which are expected to take place in 2011.

The Minsiter named the towers to be affected as Alicante, Valencia, Ibiza, La Palma de Mallorca, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Sevilla, Jerez, Sabadell, Cuatro Vientos, Vigo, A Coruña and Melilla. He went on to inform the Congress Development Commission that privatisation of the remaining towers would take place the following year.

Blanco had specifically asked to address the commission prior to this evening's emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss the possibility of extending the State of Alarm affecting the air traffic controllers at the country's airports. It was called by the government for an initial period of 15 days following wildcat strike action by the controllers last weekend.

The Minister advised the Development Commission that the idea behind privatising the airport control towers is to reduce the monopoly which the Spanish Airports Authority, AENA, currently holds.

He also stated how the government was already in possession of a number of applications for the contracts to manage airspace for the control towers in question.

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