Air traf­fic con­trollers can stick to Spanish

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News Staff Re­porter THE GOVERN­MENT has agreed to al­low air­line pi­lots and air traf­fic con­trollers to com­mu­ni­cate in Spanish. An EU di­rec­tive re­quir­ing use of English at all times was ap­pealed by the pi­lots’ unions SEPLA and USCA.

They said that prece­dence should al­ways be given to ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ar­gued that it was il­log­i­cal for na­tive Spanish speak­ers to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other in a for­eign lan­guage, es­pe­cially in emer­gen­cies. The Pub­lic Works Min­istry has now agreed that Spanish is per­mis­si­ble, “where op­er­a­tive sce­nar­ios make it ad­vi­sory”.

The unions say they are happy with the out­come and have claimed that other EU mem­bers state have al­ready made sim­i­lar lo­cal ex­cep­tions. Spain must com­mu­ni­cate the agree­ment to the EU be­fore the end of this year.

The EU’s in­ten­tion to make English the com­mon lan­guage between pi­lots and con­trollers is to in­crease safety. It ap­plies only to air­ports which have more than 50,000 pas­sen­gers a year; in Spain this in­cludes Ali­cante-Elche, Barcelona El Prat, Gran Canaria, Madrid Bara­jas, Málaga, Palma de Mal­lorca and Tener­ife South.

How­ever, the di­rec­tive also ac­knowl­edges that any state which has a work­ing lan­guage recog­nised by the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion can con­tinue us­ing it when the sit­u­a­tion al­lows or when it is rec­om­mended.

New BA ser­vice to Almería Bri­tish Air­ways has an­nounced a new, twice-weekly ser­vice to Almería from next year.

As from March 27, flights will depart on Tues­days and Satur­days from Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 5 and op­er­ate un­til Oc­to­ber 27, with hand bag­gage only, with re­turn fares start­ing from £66 per per­son.

Bri­tish Air­ways op­er­ates flights from the UK to 17 Spanish des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Ali­cante, Barcelona, Fuerteven­tura, Gran Canaria, Granada, Ibiza, Madrid, Málaga, Mur­cia and Sevilla. News Staff Re­porter TWO BABY ele­phants have been born in less than a month at an open-air wildlife park in Cantabria.

Cabárceno Park’s vets have de­vel­oped spe­cial­ist tech­niques to mon­i­tor the fe­males’ re­pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency and say 10 or 11 more are in calf.

One of the new arrivals is be­ing bot­tle fed af­ter her mother re­jected her af­ter giv­ing birth alone in the open.

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