FerroNATS, Spain’s premier commercial air traffic control operator, has begun to oversee aerodrome flight information (AFIS) and CNS (communications, navigation and surveillance) maintenance services in Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell Airport, part of the Aeroports de Catalunya network. The company was established in 2011 following the alliance between Ferrovial Servicios and NATS, the UK’s leading provider of navigation services, and now provides services in 12 airports.
This number will increase to 13 in the coming months when the company commences service provision in the Murcia Region International Airport, part of the AENA network, where the company will oversee air traffic control duties. Air traffic control handles the final landing and initial take-off stages of flights as well as the movement of airplanes on the ground. The airport is currently designed to handle some 5 million passengers per year.
In this context the balance for the first six months of 2018 reveals very positive results for FerroNATS, the air navigation service provider having commenced operations in three airports during this period.
More specifically, in April the company began offering flight information services (AFIS) in Cordoba Airport, part of the AENA network. These services offer information on aeroplanes, vehicles and people in and around the airport.
To this we can add the handling of control tower operations in the Lleida-Alguaire and Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell Airports, both of which are part of the public company Aeroports de Catalunya, which in turn is owned by the local government, the Generalitat.