Ethiopia

Risk Level: No Warnings

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Ethiopian ATC controllers went on strike, and the ECAA and Ethiopian Airlines recruited both retired and foreign controllers to pick up the slack. The strike ended September 7th. Many were not qualified to operate in Ethiopian airspace, due to inexperience. Other concerns: Controllers in adjacent ACC’s were reporting lack of adherence to Letters of Agreement – seeing aircraft with 4 minutes instead of 10 minutes separation. RA reported by Kenya ATC between two airlines. Kenya and Sudan reported loss of separation and poor coordination and transfer of traffic at their FIR boundaries with Ethiopia Retired and Management controllers, who appear to have never rated or validated in position, were also being used, though unqualified for Addis.

Current warnings list :

Source Reference Issued Valid to
KACTA Letter of Concern Safety Issues in Ethiopia 30 Aug 2018 07 Sep 2018
FSB Research Article Ethiopia Covering Up ATC Strike 29 Aug 2018 07 Sep 2018
Source: KACTA
Issued: 30-Aug-18, valid until: 07 Sep 2018
Plain English: Keyan ATC Controllers have listed out several major issues with safety both in Ethiopia and in the area shared with Kenyan airspace.
Source: FSB
Issued: 29-Aug-18, valid until: 07 Sep 2018
Plain English: Ethiopian ATC Controllers have gone on strike, and ECAA and Ethiopian Airlines are using foreign and retired controllers to cover, causing safety concerns.