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Deputy Prime Minister

John Anderson Minister for Transport and Regional Services



10th November 1999


The Best Air Traffic Control Provider In The World


Airservices Australia is the best provider of air traffic control services in the world, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).


Airservices has won the association’s 1999 Eagle Award, which recognises the airports and air navigation services that provide the airline industry with good service and value for money. The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, accepted the award today on behalf of Airservices from the Director-General of IATA, Mr Pierre Jeaniott OC.


“Australia has always been one of the world’s leading aviation countries, with an international reputation for innovation and safety,” Mr Anderson said, “Today’s award confirms that Airservices Australia leads the world in providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective air traffic services.


“Airservices Australia has been undertaking an important business transformation over the last two and a half years. It has almost finished introducing the Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS), which unites computers, radars, and communications into a seamless whole. TAAATS is the most advanced air traffic control system anywhere, and is safer and markedly more efficient than the old one. More than a dozen countries, including the United States, have sent representatives to Australia to examine the new system.


“Last week, I released the Government’s new aviation safety reform policy. We are taking a measured and sensible approach to air safety reform, because Australians and our aviation industry are rightly conservative about air safety. As a community, we value our strong air safety record and are concerned if people suggest that our safety is at risk.


“This is not an award for me. It is an award for the air traffic controllers, the firefighters and all the managers and staff who have made Airservices the best provider of air traffic control services in the world,” Mr Anderson said.


IATA represents 250 of the world’s leading airlines. The other finalists for this year’s Eagle Award were Deutsche Flugsicherung GmBH (the German air navigation service provider) and the Airways Corporation of New Zealand.


Media Contact: James Baker 02 62777680 / 0417 225176



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