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On March 6, leaders of aviation safety unions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand launched the Global Air Traffic Controllers Alliance at the World ATM in Madrid, Spain. This partnership among NATCA, Prospect ATCO’s Branch (UK), Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA), New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association (NZALPA), Civil Air Traffic Control Australia, and Unión Sindical de Controladores Aéreos (Spain) strengthens ties and establishes a collective voice to speak on a range of subjects.

“By forming partnerships and alliances with organizations that provide air traffic control services, with air traffic industry partners and other stakeholders, we’re helping to ensure NATCA has a seat at every table where issues vital to our profession are being discussed,” NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said.

The members of the alliance are unions who represent aviation safety professionals and advocate for their status and working conditions. The member unions work together to meet both individual and shared challenges, raise important safety issues to a global platform, and communicate with one another in a spirit of solidarity and unity.

The aviation safety professionals in the alliance’s member unions are highly skilled, dedicated, professional, and fully committed to ensuring the safety of every flight. Safety is the litmus test against which all decisions are based. These professionals safely guide tens of millions of flights and more than a billion passengers every year in a global air traffic control system that is in its safest period in history.