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Maldives National Air Traffic Services Established for Airspace Oversight


An historic moment as the Maldives National Air Traffic Services (MNATS) has been established with the aim of enhancing air traffic control services in the country.



Previously, the management of air travel was overseen by the air traffic management unit of Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) but it will now transition to Maldives National Air Traffic Services.


MNATS  will ensure international compliance, streamline air traffic control services and maintain safety and security of the Maldivian Airspace.


The inception of air traffic control services in the Maldives dates back to the 1970s when it began with just two air traffic controllers working in a small dedicated room on Hulhule Island. Over time, these services have evolved, especially after the opening of the international airport in 1982, which introduced a brand new air traffic control tower.


Air traffic controllers play a crucial role in ensuring the safe, orderly, and efficient flow of air traffic within the global air traffic control system. The profession of an air traffic controller is widely recognized as one of the most mentally challenging careers worldwide. It can be notoriously stressful due to various factors such as equipment, configurations, weather conditions, traffic volume, traffic type, special activities, governmental actions, and human factors.


MNATS thanked President of the Maldives Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mr Hamadh Abdhul Ghanee and the staff of the Presidents Office for the establishment of MNATS.

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