Today is the International Day of Air Traffic Controllers. Sri Lanka commemorated the event.
From its founding on October 20th 1960, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association has grown to 133 member Associations. Air Traffic Control is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air to separate aircraft and prevent collisions, expedite the flow of traffic and to provide information to pilots. .A programme to appraise school children to mark the day was launched at the Ratmalana Air Services Training Centre. At present there are 67 Air Traffic Controllers. The awarding of scholarships for basic courses at the Civil Air Services Centre to winners of a quiz competition among school children also took place in parallel to the event. The programme was a joint effort of the Airport and Aviation Services Company and the Sri Lanka Air Traffic Controllers.