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India’s Air-Traffic Controller Shortage Alarms Aviation Pros

  • Shortfall means safety hazard as existing ATCs are overworked
  • Paucity likely to intensify as carriers expand fleets
An Indigo flight takes off as seen from the Air Traffic Control in New Delhi , India, on Monday, July 18, 2016. *** SECOND SENTENCE HERE.

India has just plowed $50 million in a new 102-meter (335 feet) air-traffic control tower in New Delhi. Now comes the hard part: finding qualified flight controllers to operate it.

Designed by HOK, the same firm that drafted Apple Inc.’s research headquarters in California, the tower will be operational in about six months. Yet, it may struggle to handle more flights without enough controllers, according to aviation officials. The nation’s busiest airport needs 600 of the technicians ideally for stable operations, but employs only 360, the officials say.