Ferrovial, NATS to bid for Spanish air traffic control

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish construction giant Ferrovial announced Tuesday it has formed an alliance with British group NATS to make a joint bid for air traffic control services in Spain.

The move comes two weeks after the Spanish government launched the privatisation of air traffic control in 13 airports, just weeks after clamping down on a wildcat strike by controllers.

More privatisations are to follow, with the government planning to sell air traffic control services in a total of 47 airports.

"Ferrovial, through Ferrovial Services, and NATS, the leading air traffic control organisation, have announced they intend to work together to bid for air traffic control services in Spain," the Spanish group, owner of British airports operator BAA, said in a statement.

Santiago Olivares, CEO of Ferrovial Services, said the alliance "combines our knowledge of the aviation industry and the specific features of the Spanish market with NATS' track record in air traffic control and its unique experience in the privatisation of such a sensitive sector."

Since 2001, NATS has been owned by a public private partnership in which the British government has a 49 percent shareholding and the majority of shares are held privately.

It currently has around 2,000 controllers based at 15 airports and two operations centres.

© 2011 AFP

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