Controllers attribute 300% more incidents to air redesign

Veronica Gascon
Reform Agency

Monday, May 09, 2022 | 14:19

Mexico City.- The redesign of the Mexican air space triggered incidents with aircraft by 300 percent and Navigation Services in the Mexican Air Space (Seneam) has hidden the reports, denounced the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (Sinacta).

Alfredo Covarrubias, secretary general of Sinacta, stated that since the redesign of the airspace there have been notifications of about 100 incidents, 30 of them more serious in the last four months due to a reduction in the separation of aircraft that were already reported to the Directorate of Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation.

Of the 30 serious incidents, 10 occurred at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), one of them on November 13, 2021 between an Aeroméxico plane and a Volaris plane.

But there have also been incidents at the Mazatlán airport: in its report, the Union mentioned that on February 24, 2022, the Russian company NordWind and Volaris were involved in an event.

Covarrubias said at a press conference that since the airspace was redesigned, incidents are already becoming normal.

Angel Iturbe, secretary of organization of Sinacta, assured that there is an average of five “going on the air” a day; that is, landings that do not materialize for some reason and the aircraft has to resume flight.

The controllers warned that while Victor Hernández was in charge of Seneam, the incident reports were kept secret.

Hernández resigned from the position of general director of the Seneam this weekend amid alerts for incidents in the airspace of the Valley of Mexico and after a serious one was presented on Saturday at the AICM where two planes had a dangerous approach.

“Necessary information is being hidden to prevent an incident like the one on Saturday from happening again,” Iturbe said.

Covarrubias affirmed that the air traffic controllers cannot be blamed for this incident and asked that the causes of this and other events be sought. He denounced lack of personnel, extended hours and poor training for the union.

The union leader calculated that some 300 more controllers are needed to provide optimal service to all airports in the country.

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