Brazil's government plans to gradually demilitarise its air traffic control system after recent labour actions by controllers created further chaos at the country's airports, writes Rainer Uphoff.

The Brazilian air force confirms plans to split responsibility for the national airspace. While it will continue to be directly responsible for the defence of the airspace, a newly created civilian agency - still administered by the ministry of defence - will be in charge of the country's air traffic service.

"Creation of the new air traffic control body will be formalised this month," says an air force source.

Source: Flight International