A 15-person tower crew is prepared to work at the airport in Radom, in accordance with the demand for air operations set for the airport in 2023, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency announced on Tuesday. On Monday, the media reported that the airport operates “on demand” and the tower in Radom does not have a permanent cast.
“Referring to press publications regarding the staffing of the air traffic control tower in Radom, we would like to inform you that a 15-person tower crew is prepared to work at this airport, in accordance with the demand for air operations established for the airport in 2023. The thesis formulated by some media that the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency was servicing the Radom airport ‘on demand’, PANSA said on Tuesday in a message published on its website.
The agency explained that only at airports that are manned 24 hours a day, civilian air traffic control is provided around the clock. In the case of other airports, the working hours of controllers are agreed with the airport manager for a given season, based on the flight schedule planned in advance. PANSA stated that providing the service without planned operations would be uneconomical.
“The working hours of the controllers are published in the so-called AIP, i.e. the official collection of aviation information, and they are updated each time through the so-called NOTAMs – PANSA dispatches, containing information for airlines and their crews, including on aviation equipment, services and procedures. PANSA flexibly adapts to the expectations of airports and carriers.
PANSA added that military air traffic controllers are on duty at the airport in Radom, who also provide service for civil non-commercial flights outside the working hours of civil controllers.
Radom without constant supervision?
The wnp.pl portal reported on Monday that the Radom airport operates “on demand” and the tower does not have a permanent cast. “It is manned only for scheduled take-offs and landings. Currently, on average, two or three passenger planes land at the new airport a day,” reported the journalists.
“We were anonymously informed about the emptiness in the air traffic control tower in Radom by an industry manager observing the functioning of the new airport from the inside. He says that most of the day there is not a single controller of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) who could supervise the situation on an ongoing basis” – we read In this article.
According to the portal, the agency’s employees are summoned to Radom and arrive by car during the day from Warsaw’s Okęcie or the airport in Lublin.
– If PANSA were to man the tower there for, for example, 16 hours a day, it would be very expensive. Hence this intermediate solution – as long as there are a dozen or so operations a week, this is a makeshift solution – says our informant.
The ceremonial opening of the Warsaw-Radom Airport took place on April 27, 2023. On the same day, the first scheduled flight landed in Radom; it was a flight from Paris. A day later, passengers flew to the capitals of Italy and France.
Currently, flights from the Radom airport are offered by six travel agencies. From Radom you can fly to Rome, Paris, Tirana and Preveza, Varna and Antalya.
According to the announcements of Polskie Porty Lotnicze (PPL), during the high season, 38 operations a week will be performed from the airport in Radom, i.e. more than three times more than at present.
Polish Air Navigation Services Agency
PANSA, among others is responsible for the management of the Polish airspace and for the aviation infrastructure it builds and develops. The agency supervises, among others: on the radar system, air navigation equipment, communication systems and landing aid systems.
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