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Icelandic Air Traffic Controllers Get Eruption Award

Icelandic air traffic controllers, represented by Bjarni Stefánsson, Ottó Eiríksson, Matthías Einarsson and Sigurdur Hólmar Jóhannesson, received the highest recognition of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations for outstanding professionalism in 2010 at a conference in Amman, Jordan, earlier this month, for their unique achievement during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull last year.


The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

The achievement involved all air traffic controllers at the Air Traffic Control Center in Reykjavík supervising all air traffic across the Atlantic from May 6-11, 2010, which is usually supervised by four air traffic control centers, reports.

On May 11, 1,019 airplanes flew through the Icelandic air traffic control zone in 24 hours, twice as many as flew through the zone at peak flying times before the eruption. Airplanes which departed from or landed at airports within the zone are not included.

Click here to read another recent story related to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

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