Thursday, January 8, 2009

CAAP beefs up air traffic controllers in Zambo airport

ZAMBOANGA CITY- The Zamboanga City office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Wednesday that three new air traffic controllers were sent by the Air Traffic Service from Manila to augment manpower in the control tower.

Airport Manager Celso Bayabos said the new air traffic controllers were of great help for the airport’s operation since the tower only has a 13 people for its operation.Bayabos said that three of its 14 traffic controllers remain relieved from their post since an investigation has been going on.

Four traffic controllers were late reporting for work last December 26 because of the holidas. As a result three commercial flights that morning were affected after pilots complained no one in the tower was answering to give them permission to land.

Bayabos said the new air traffic controllers assumed work in Zamboanga Airport last January 5, and will remain until April.

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