Welcome to the Irish Air Traffic Control Association
Protecting and Advancing Your Profession
Through our parent union, Forsa, we collaboratively seek to improve and protect terms and conditions for members
Our members are our most important asset. Professionals ranging from Air Traffic Control Officers, Assistants and Subject Matter Experts collectively enhance Air Traffic Management in the skies above Ireland
We promote forward thinking and constantly strive to improve safety and efficiency collaboratively with our fellow EU members
Founded in 1947
The Irish Air Traffic Control Association was formed as the Irish Air Traffic Control Service became civilianised in 1947. At the time, Irish Civil Servants (government employees) could not join trade unions and were represented by their professional associations.
In the early 1960s, alongside our counterparts abroad, we recognised the benefits of international alliances and IATCA initially worked towards formalising such alliances with other European Associations. The concept subsequently expanded beyond Europe and in 1961 Ireland became a founding member of IFATCA.
You can read more about the founding of Air Traffic Control in Ireland, and the work of IATCA in our document prepared for the celebration of 100 years of Air Traffic Control (ATC 100 Centenary) in 2022.
Air Traffic Control Officer
We represent the voices and opinions of over 250 Air Traffic Controllers stationed around the Island of Ireland in Dublin, Shannon and Cork. Our members provide Air Traffic Services to all flights into and out of Irish Airports on a 24/7 basis, looking after flights over the country out to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Air Traffic Management Support
Our operational support members based around the country are also represented through our association. Many of these members provide the Aeronautical Information Service, Flight Information Service and Air Traffic Control Assistants in various locations.
Services and Enterprises
Through our parent trade union, Fórsa, we are members of the services and enterprises division in Ireland, where we collectively stand up and support the rights and employment conditions of fellow industry workers.
Professional and Technical
Members of IATCA are professionals, and through consultation with our parent company in Ireland we continue working to improve Fatigue Management, Oceanic Surveillance, Procedures, Operations & Interface, the Ageing Controller, Sector-less ATM and Just Culture to name a few.