Air traffic controllers can stick to Spanish
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.
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