Belgocontrol is recruiting air traffic controllers for Liège and Charleroi control towers

Walloon airports are in full expansion and Belgocontrol wants to further contribute to their success. This is why the air navigation service provider is launching a new recruitment campaign to find the future air traffic controllers who will work at Liège and Charleroi control towers.

Belgocontrol's air traffic controllers manage over a million movements a year (upward trend) in the Belgian airspace and at the different airports of the country, in other words, they are responsible for air traffic safety. To ensure the operations at the booming airports of Liège and Charleroi, Belgocontrol is looking for motivated candidates to start the air traffic controller training.

The job of an air traffic controller is a complex one. It bears an enormous responsibility. So controllers need to be thorough, have a good situational judgment, be able to make the right decisions quickly, be stress-resistant, be team-minded and have a good knowledge of English, the international language of aviation. To start the two-year training, candidates must participate in the selection tests. Those who get the best scores on all tests (cognitive, psychological and medical) can begin training.

Johan Decuyper, CEO of Belgocontrol: “Liège and Charleroi airports’ growth is impressive. Belgocontrol has contributed for years to this boom by investing, in consultation with SOWAER, in the technical infrastructure of Walloon airports. At the same time, we have been recruiting new ATCOs since 2015 for all our sites. We are now moving up a gear with this tailor-made campaign for our Liège and Charleroi control towers. We offer our employees a unique job in an exciting sector.”

François Bellot, Belgian Federal minister for Mobility: “It is imperative for Belgocontrol to continually improve the service delivered to its customers and to all airports in our country. This performance objective requires an effective recruitment policy, especially as the increasing operations at Liège and Charleroi airports involve the expansion of teams. I welcome this call for applications and invite all potential candidates to come forward.”

Jean-Luc Crucke, Walloon minister for Airports: “Liège and Charleroi airports are major assets for the economic development of Wallonia. To guarantee a safe economic growth of these two hubs, air traffic control and safety need to be ensured in an optimal way on both airports. I can only welcome the launch of this specific recruitment campaign aiming at strengthening ATCOs’ teams.”

Practical details

Candidates must be at least 17 (and get their certificate of upper secondary education this year) and no older than 26. Registrations are open until 22 April 2018 via the Belgocontrol website: Interested candidates will find there all the information on the job of air traffic controller, the admission criteria and eliminating tests.

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About skeyes

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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