skeyes management puts structural solutions on the table

During today’s social dialogue, the skeyes management has compiled all proposals, a number of which have been on the table for quite some time now, offering structural solutions to guarantee the company’s future. Among other things, those solutions answer some points that have been formally proposed.


In order to be able to guarantee continuity, we have already been recruiting new staff over the past few years, aiming especially to reinforce our air traffic control units. It is only now that those recruitments are actually bearing fruit, after the candidate air traffic controllers have completed their two-year training. For the moment, we have reached the maximum number of students who can complete their traineeship in the towers at the same time.

So as to speed up the manning process in the CANAC 2 air traffic control centre, skeyes’ management proposes to recruit staff directly for that purpose. Now, CANAC 2 staff have to have worked in the towers for a number of years before being able to move on to CANAC 2. The current tower controllers who want to transfer to CANAC 2, can obviously still do so.

The skeyes customers also seek a guaranteed minimal service provision as it is applied in other sectors (e.g. SNCB/NMBS).

Rostering and career

For over a year now, negotiations are in progress regarding the rostering and career of air traffic controllers. Some final proposals are on the table now. Management’s proposals on this issue anticipate new (European) regulation that will come into force as of 2020 on e.g. fatigue and continuity.

With the proposals, management wishes to equally distribute performances over all air traffic controllers, taking into account the age of the people involved. That means that the regulation regarding end-of career and career breaks shall be able to be applied correctly and without delay.

Management’s proposal provides a fixed cycle according to which all air traffic controllers shall have to work a maximum of 6 days in a row.

In the new system, all air traffic controllers will work a maximum of 35 hours per week as is currently the case. That includes the stand-by shifts. On an annual basis, every air traffic controller performs between 164 and 198 shifts (depending on their age and unit). This new way of working represents a de facto average wage increase of 8 to 20% (across units and profiles).

Attention to all staff members

The management has also made the necessary efforts for the technical and meteorological services staff, in particular with regard to allowances and premiums for shift, night and weekend work and for urgent interventions, due to changing working conditions and business continuity.


The management wants to work on the further improvement of the services, but at the same time create a better work-life balance for the employees. It is convinced that the proposals currently on the table will achieve both objectives.



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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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