The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association was constituted in Amsterdam on 19th and 20th October 1961, as a result of the efforts of a group of air traffic controllers to federate and further the interests of the air traffic control profession at the international level.

IFATCA is the recognised international organisation representing air traffic controller associations. The Federation has been representing air traffic controllers for more than 50 years and has more than 50,000 members in over 130 countries.

The objects of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations are:

  • To operate as a non-­‐profit and non-­‐political federation of air traffic controllers’ associations;
  • To promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in International Air Navigation;
  • To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of Air Traffic Control;
  • To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers;
  • To protect and safeguard the interests of the Air Traffic Control profession;
  • To make mutual benefit affiliations with other international professional organisations;
  • To strive for a world‐wide Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations.


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