GAO, NATCA Spar over Privatized ATC

 - October 11, 2006, 8:02 AM

A Government Accountability Office study of five foreign air navigation service providers, including Nav Canada, found that since “commercialization,” all have maintained safety, controlled costs and improved efficiency. All five have invested in new technologies that they say lowered costs by increasing controllers’ productivity and produced operating efficiencies, such as fewer or shorter delays. But the National Air Traffic Controllers Association emphasized that controllers in Cleveland alone handle more operations annually than Canada’s entire system.