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Air organisations issue Costa Rica flight warning
Last updated: 24 October 2017

published: 27 JUL 2004
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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Four main organisations representing workers in civil aviation worldwide (IFALPA, ATCA, IFATSEA, ITF) took the unprecedented step of asking all airlines flying into and out of Costa Rica to consider suspending flights in its airspace on safety grounds. The organisations acted in response to what they describe as a safety-critical situation, after striking air traffic controllers providing emergency cover were removed by armed police and replaced with strike breakers from other couuntries. Not only are the newcomers not used to controlling Costa Rican airspace, but also many of them are known to not even be qualified air traffic controllers. (ATCA)