Ferrovial, through Ferrovial Services, and NATS, the leading air traffic control organisation, have announced they intend to work together to bid for air traffic control services in Spain. Spain's Infrastructure Ministry has announced plans to privatise air traffic control at the airports of Alicante, Valencia, Ibiza, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Sevilla, Jerez, Sabadell, Cuatro Vientos, Vigo, La Coruña and Melilla during 2011.
"Our alliance with NATS combines our knowledge of the aviation industry and the specific features of the Spanish market with NATS' track record in air traffic control and its unique experience in the privatisation of such a sensitive sector, said Santiago Olivares, CEO of Ferrovial Services. Paul Reid, Managing Director, NATS Services, said: We are very much looking forward to developing further our relationship with Ferrovial, building on the strong links we have already established in the UK.
Since privatisation, NATS has demonstrated an excellent track record in safety and quality of service, leading the industry in reducing ATC-related delays. Since 2001, NATS has been owned by a public private partnership in which the UK Government has a 49% shareholding and the majority of shares are held privately. The company has just reported its sixth successive year of profit. About
NATS currently manages around 2.2 million flights per year in the UK and eastern North Atlantic, carrying more than 200 million passengers safely through some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world. It has around 2,000 controllers based at 15 airports and two operations centres. NATS Services is the commercial business of the NATS group, working with airports, air navigation service providers and other customers around the world.
Founded in 1952, Ferrovial is one of the world's leading infrastructure groups, operating through its airports, toll roads, construction and services divisions. It has a presence in over 45 countries and has some of the world's top privately-owned infrastructure assets, such as 407 Express Toll Route in Toronto , London 's Heathrow Airport , Chicago Skyway and Ausol toll road in Spain . Ferrovial is part of Spain 's blue-chip IBEX-35 index and also of the prestigious DJSI and FTSE4Good sustainability indices.