Air traffic controllers: Rescheduling does not solve shortages in the long term

It is a patchwork solution that Naviair will move air traffic controllers from the airport in Roskilde to Copenhagen Airport.

This is the opinion of Esben Jean-Pierre Blum, chairman of the air traffic controllers’ union, Datca.

“It is a patchwork solution that in no way solves the lack of air traffic controllers. We just push the problems around, and no one has an overview of the consequences,’ he says.

Earlier on Tuesday, Naviair presented a plan to prevent major delays at Copenhagen Airport during the summer months.

It implies that four air traffic controllers from Roskilde Airport must be moved to Copenhagen Airport, Naviair informs.

In addition, air traffic controllers must be transferred from office shifts to operational shifts.

Extra shifts have been a central part of the disagreement between Naviair and Datca.

While Naviair wanted the employees to take extra shifts, the air traffic controllers believe that extra shifts have become too extensive. They have previously stated that they have taken over 1,500 extra shifts in the past year.

According to Naviair, the new plan must be carried out without the air traffic controllers having to take extra shifts.

“A bit like peeing in your pants to keep warm”

Even so, the plan does not bring the parties closer to each other, says Esben Jean-Pierre Blum.

“I am deeply worried about my members who are affected by this,” he says.

“They are moved around and have to be given new tasks at very short notice, just as some are left behind in Roskilde with a massive understaffing”.

Naviair informs Ritzau that there are slightly more than 70 air traffic controllers in the tower and approach control at Copenhagen Airport.

Some of the four who are to be transferred from Roskilde Airport already have shifts in Copenhagen.

Naviair has previously announced that the company has 90 percent of the air traffic controllers needed in the summer months.

Esben Jean-Pierre Blum acknowledges that moving air traffic controllers will have a positive effect on the delays in Copenhagen.

Seen in isolation, this pleases the Datca chairman. But he is worried about the consequences – both for the air traffic controllers in Roskilde and in the long term.

“My bet is that we will see more dismissals and retirements on the basis of such a patchwork solution”, he says.

“When you deteriorate the conditions in Roskilde, it is my view that you have increased the risk of more people choosing to leave Naviair. It’s a bit like peeing in your pants to keep warm’.

During the summer, capacity at Roskilde Airport will be reduced due to the plan, Naviair announces.

Source: – Forsiden by

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