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Objection of area controllers not expected to influence air traffic

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The area controllers at Aitovuori, Tampere, the Vantaa centre and the training unit of Avia College have announced a walkout that will start 7 February 2018 at 4 p.m. and end on 8 February 2018 at 4 p.m.

The allegations of formal cooperation negotiations mentioned in the SLJY bulletin come as a surprise and the claim of our unwillingness to participate in the AIRRHow project is untrue. We absolutely wish to be involved in all cooperation that enables the creation of new business operations in air traffic control.

“Our discussions with the personnel were conducted in a positive, cooperative manner and, as a company, we reached the solution to end the operations in Aitovuori in June. We are sorry for the area controllers’ decision to walk out of their workplaces, but it is not expected to have any practical effects on air traffic,” says Raine Luojus, CEO of ANS Finland.

The cooperation negotiations on the concentration of area control services in air traffic, including any supportive services, to Vantaa were launched on 16 January and ended on 5 February. Based on the negotiations, ANS Finland will discontinue its operations in Aitovuori, Tampere, on 1 June 2018. As of said date, area control services will only be provided at Helsinki Airport.

The cooperation negotiations are a continuation of similar negotiations carried out in 2013 that sought to ensure continued improvement of the profitability of air navigation services. The objective of the measure is to ensure that ANS Finland will be able to lower the unit costs of flight route services in accordance with EU requirements.