Czech-Spanish team confirmed for Canary Islands ATC

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Air traffic control services at the Spanish airports of La Palma, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are to be provided by a joint Czech-Spanish partnership, as part of the country's liberalisation of the sector.

Czech air navigation service ANS CR - which deals with Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary airports - is teaming with Spanish partner Saerco on the contract.

Spanish airports and air traffic authority AENA has chosen the joint team for the Canary Islands locations, with Saerco providing the airspace service and ANS CR providing technical and training support.

"Both our companies are dedicated to utilising the synergies which we have identified to the success of this project and to the benefit of the airports," said ANS CR director general Jan Klas.

"Our first priority at this point is to try to make the transition to the new provider as efficient and seamless as possible."

Spanish-UK joint venture Ferronats recently secured an agreement to manage 10 control towers in Spain. The Spanish government had said it planned to privatise air traffic control at 13 airports.