Fired air traffic controllers “would have compromised safety”

Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2016. 8:17 p.m. CST

Phillip Goldson airportBy Aaron Humes: This week we learned of a situation at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), where four air traffic controllers were recently terminated, for an unusual reason.

Our understanding is that the four failed their appraisal test, which if they had passed would have led to a promotion – their failure led to them losing their jobs instead.

In the wake of last year’s sickout of employees that briefly shut down the Airport on a Saturday morning, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has actively engaged the staff and hired twelve new apprentices for training.

We are told that these new trainees are being rushed through the process for qualification because of the urgent need for trained staff, and they are feeling the pressure more with each passing day.

We brought it to the attention of Minister for Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia Jr. on Wednesday. While he says he does not get directly involved in administrative matters, for a job as important as this one, prospects must lead, not follow, or get out of the way. According to the Minister, it’s all a matter of safety.

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