Unions representing both pilots and air traffic controllers are collectively expressing concerns over safety after it was announced that a law was to be introduced which effectively banned communications between aircraft and control centres in Spanish.
In line with international standards, The Spanish aviation agency, AESA, has already issued a formal request to airlines to implement English as the standard language for communication in civil aviation activities.
As a result, the unions are claiming that enforcing the rule can “reduce situational awareness of crews and Spanish pilots”, and, more seriously, could “reduce levels of safety”. The unions also claim that Spanish is recognised by the civil aviation authority, as has been the case since its creation in 1944.
The letter of protest from controllers and pilots has been sent to the Director General of Civil Aviation, Ángel Luis Arias, and the director of AESA, Isabel Maestre.
Recent developments in the operation of Spanish air space has resulted in a number of control towers being operated by mostly native English controllers, including Alicante, when the operation was franchised to a private company as part of plans for creating a single European sky.
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