Posted by: APO | 23 July 2013

Minister Joins Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Celebrations

Minister Joins Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Celebrations

ATNS provides significant contributions to the South African and the continent’s aviation industry

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, yesterday visited the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS)’s Operations Centre ( and thereafter celebrated with Board Members, Executive Managers and staff, the company’s significant milestones – achieved over the past 20 years.


Photo ATNS CEO Mr. Thabani Mthiyane:

“I am ecstatic that our coming here coincide with a great milestones commemoration where we as a Transport family take out time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our very own Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) as South Africa and Africa’s leading air navigation services provider. ATNS has seen the growth of the industry, the challenges, the achievements, as well as innovative ways of delivering world-class safety and operational performance” said the Deputy Minister in her congratulatory message.

ATNS was established in 1993, ninety (90) years after the invention of powered flight. A lot has changed since then. That year, ATNS embarked on a process of commercialisation designed to re-orientate the company to play a central role as a relevant and credible service provider. ATNS accepted the challenges and realised that in order to be cutting-edge and to best utilise business opportunities, it needed to improve service efficiencies, by providing better and more cost-effective services. This entailed providing infrastructure and refocusing human resource capacity.

ATNS’s newly-appointed CEO, Mr. Thabani Mthiyane said that the South African aviation infrastructure is considered to be one of the best in the world, contributing to the country’s aviation safety record. “It is for this reason that ATNS continues to invest wisely in this infrastructure to support the country’s overall transport infrastructure. Through these activities ATNS provides significant contributions to the South African and the continent’s aviation industry, thereby promoting safer skies” concluded Mr. Mthiyane.

For the past twenty (20) years, ATNS has been on a high, achieving the following significant and notable successes within the Air Traffic Management (ATM) environment: The ATNS Air Traffic Management (ATM) Roadmap which was developed during 2010, is meant to achieve an interoperable, global air traffic management system for all users during all phases of flight, meet agreed levels of safety; provide for optimum economic operations, be environmentally sustainable and to ultimately meet all national security requirements.

As the Chairman of the AFI Flight Plan (FPL) 2012 Task Force, ATNS lead the African and Indian Ocean Regional efforts towards successful transition from the traditional flight plan format to the new format that took effect in November 2012. As the communications hub ATNS diligently and regularly updated the Aeronautical Information Management systems to support this implementation and allow for the successful transition in the Region.

ATNS has implemented a single repository of aeronautical information, called the Centralised Aeronautical Database (CAD). The CAD ensures amongst others; aeronautical data integrity and quality.

ATNS was instrumental in the successful hosting of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa – from 11 June until 11 July 2010. This success was based upon comprehensive, long term planning and preparation to ensure that ATNS made the capacity available to support the demand of the airspace users during this prestigious event. The dedication and effort of all concerned ensured that ATNS not only met but exceeded the expectations.

South Africa successfully hosted the AFCON 2013 Tournament – with its associated increase in Air Traffic Services demand.

While ATNS’s primary business focus remains air traffic management and aviation safety for South Africa, the company’s scope has grown to extend beyond the country’s borders to neighbouring countries and the rest of the continent, including the Indian Ocean region. This will enable ATNS to respond efficiently to global challenges, while providing the local aviation industry with air traffic management solutions that rank among the safest in the world.

The ATNS Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has been awarded the IATA Best Aviation Training Academy Award in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS).


Percy Morokane

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