Belgocontrol and Entry Point North enter into joint venture focussed on training

Belgocontrol organizes its own staff training, including the one to become an air traffic controller. For organizing its training sessions, the Belgian air navigation service provider will enter into a joint venture with Entry Point North, one of the largest Air Traffic Services academies worldwide. That co-operation will ensure that Belgocontrol staff are provided with the necessary training until at least 2025.

Entry Point North was established in 2006 and is jointly owned by three Air Navigation Service Providers: LFV in Sweden, Naviair in Denmark and IAA in Ireland. The company has its headquarters in Malmö (Sweden) and training sites in Budapest, Shannon, Dublin, Copenhagen and Madrid. Brussels will be the seventh city where Entry Point North will be active. The joint venture with Belgocontrol will create a new subsidiary that will be called Entry Point North Belgium. It will be operational by the summer of 2018. Belgocontrol and Entry Point North will each contribute 50% to the new Belgium subsidiary.

This joint venture will surely provide Belgocontrol with a high quality training offer that is tailored to the needs of the company in a cost-efficient way. The new training organisation can benefit from Entry Point North’s know-how and ample experience based on their internationally renowned training methodology and philosophy, while Belgocontrol contributes its staff and infrastructure. Thanks to this cross-pollination Belgocontrol can keep providing its staff training on its own site and further boost the knowledge level of its instructors.

Entry Point North Belgium

Furthermore, thanks to the joint venture, Belgocontrol can position itself as a player in the international training market. It is expected that Entry Point North Belgium will be able to extend their training offer to external (foreign) customers.

This far-reaching collaboration with Entry Point North perfectly reflects the strategy of Belgocontrol to enter into partnerships in many of its activity domains. In doing so, the company preferably looks towards organisations of comparable size.

Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO: “Entry Point North is a trustworthy partner with the highest professional standards. The partnerships they have already built with other European air traffic control centres -each and every one of which is successful- are proof of that. Through this joint venture, we wish to establish a strong foothold in the Single European Sky of tomorrow.”
Anne Kathrine Jensen, Entry Point North CEO: “Entry Point North is honoured to be awarded this important contract. While delivering training in Malmö for new air traffic control trainees from Belgium in the past few years, we have established an excellent relationship with Belgocontrol and are looking forward to continue our cooperation. We see Belgium as an attractive location for any third party customers in the future.”
François Bellot, Belgian Minister for Mobility: “I look forward to this first partnership between Belgocontrol and a renowned actor in the field of training for air traffic controllers. It guarantees the best balance between the two companies’ expertise and a maintained high level of qualification of our air traffic controllers.”

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skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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