Belgocontrol and Entry Point North’s joint venture will provide the necessary staff training until at least 2025.
Belgocontrol organises its own staff training, including the one to become an air traffic controller. For organising its training sessions, the national air navigation services provider will enter a joint venture with Entry Point North, one of the largest Air Traffic Services academies worldwide.
Entry Point North was established in 2006 and is jointly owned by three Air Navigation Service Providers: LFV in Sweden, Naviair in Denmark and IAA in Ireland. The company has its headquarters in Malmö (Sweden) and training sites in Budapest, Shannon, Dublin, Copenhagen and Madrid. Brussels will be the seventh city where Entry Point North will be active.
The joint venture with Belgocontrol will create a new subsidiary that will be called Entry Point North Belgium. It will be operational by the summer of 2018. Belgocontrol and Entry Point North will each contribute 50% to the new Belgium subsidiary.
This joint venture will surely provide Belgocontrol with a high-quality training offer that is tailored to the needs of the company in a cost-efficient way.
The new training organisation can benefit from Entry Point North’s know-how and ample experience based on their internationally renowned training methodology and philosophy, while Belgocontrol contributes its staff and infrastructure. Thanks to this cross-pollination Belgocontrol can keep providing its staff training on its own site and further boost the knowledge level of its instructors.
Furthermore, thanks to the joint venture, Belgocontrol can position itself as a player in the international training market. It is expected that Entry Point North Belgium will be able to extend their training offer to external foreign customers.
This far-reaching collaboration with Entry Point North perfectly reflects the strategy of Belgocontrol to enter into partnerships in many of its activity domains. In doing so, the company preferably looks towards organisations of comparable size.
Belgocontrol CEO Johan Decuyper said: “Entry Point North is a trustworthy partner with the highest professional standards. The partnerships they have already built with other European air traffic control centres, each and every one of which is successful, are proof of that. Through this joint venture, we wish to establish a strong foothold in the Single European Sky of tomorrow.”
Entry Point North CEO Anne Kathrine Jensen said: “Entry Point North is honoured to be awarded this important contract. While delivering training in Malmö for new air traffic control trainees from Belgium in the past few years, we have established an excellent relationship with Belgocontrol and are looking forward to continuing our cooperation. We see Belgium as an attractive location for any third party customers in the future.”
Belgium Minister for Mobility François Bellot said: “I look forward to this first partnership between Belgocontrol and a renowned actor in the field of training for air traffic controllers. It guarantees the best balance between the two companies’ expertise and a maintained high level of qualification of our air traffic controllers.”