An Air France aircraft flies over a road as it approaches Beirut International airport on June 8, 2016 in the Lebanese capital. / AFP / JOSEPH EID
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Lebanon's air traffic control is in an "extremely dangerous" situation, putting air safety at risk, the Lebanese Air Traffic Controllers Association (LebATCA) warned in its first statement in around three years.LebATCA is urging the government to meet a list of demands on improving the training, hiring and promoting processes of air control officers before parliamentary elections on May 6 .With 20 air traffic controllers and 18 assistant controllers currently on the team, staff numbers fall short of LebATCA's suggested minimum of 75 officers, or the ideal team size of 105 .However, despite the need for more employees and training, the LCAA is now rethinking the allocated amounts to Air traffic controllers, after the 2018 state budget, that was endorsed by Cabinet last week, slashed Ministries' budgets by 20 percent.
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