International Day of the Air Traffic Controller celebrated on October 20th

October 20th was the International Day of Air Traffic Controllers, as this is a professional holiday for air traffic controllers and dispatchers.

It was October 20, 1961 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA) was created. This event was such a significant milestone in the air transport development history that became the basis for the emergence of a new professional holiday, timed to coincide with its date – International Day of the Air Traffic Controller.

Since its inception, the number of IFATCA member associations has grown to 133; they are represented by 50 thousand air traffic controllers around the world. This holiday has become an opportunity for dispatchers around the world to once again emphasize the importance of their profession, draw public attention to their work, declare their achievements and formulate plans and goals for the future.

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