PRESS RELEASE – This week, international and regional Air Traffic Controllers from over twelve countries including Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti and the United States will be visiting the shores of Saint Lucia for the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) Americas Regional Meeting.
The Saint Lucia Air Traffic Controllers Association (SLATCA) who is the 25th lead on hosting and organising the meeting decided to host in an effort to aid in the development of the sector and also raise the profile and awareness of Air Traffic Control in Saint Lucia and the region.
Under the theme Developing Strategies for Air Traffic Control Excellence the delegates will be able to share ideas, training opportunities, develop new strategies for air traffic control, solve problems and initiate and review policies as a unified body to aid in the development of the sector.
Mr. Simeon Sealy, Air Traffic Controller and President of the St. Lucia Air Traffic Controllers Association indicated “We saw hosting this meeting as an opportunity to strike new partnerships and build better relationships with our counterparts from the region.”
“We will get an opportunity to network which will strengthen the Air Traffic Control associations within the region and also the opportunity to influence the policy making process for air traffic control”.
IFATCA is a worldwide organisation representing more than fifty thousand Air Traffic Controllers in 131 countries, with its headquarters situated in Montreal just a short stroll from ICAO. The Federation comprises of Member Associations that are divided into four regions – Africa & Middle East, Americas, Asia & Pacific and Europe.
The Saint Lucia Air Traffic Controllers Association (SLATCA) is a non-profit non-government and non-political Professional Association of Air Traffic Controllers.
The main objectives include promoting safety, efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation and to protect, improve and advance the interest of the members of SLATCA and of the profession.