MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea graduated its first class of air traffic controllers in Madrid last week. Eight new professional air traffic controllers received diplomas after completing a 13-month course conducted by Services and Studies for Air Navigation and Aeronautical Safety (SENASA), a subordinate company of Spain's Ministry of Development.
The controllers received training on generic aeronautical subjects and intense training control tower and approach simulators. The course had three phases over its 13 months—beginning, advanced and emergency.
The training is part of a program to upgrade the country's civil-aviation infrastructure as part of the Horizon 2020 development plan. Equatorial Guinea's fast-growing economy has created increased demand for air travel, and the country recently upgraded the airports serving its two largest cities, Malabo and Bata, and the island of Annobón.
Fausto Abeso Fuma, Equatorial Guinea's Delegate Minister of Civil Aviation, attended the diploma-presentation ceremony along with Purificación Angue Ondo, Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to Spain.
Equatorial Guinea's national carrier, Ceiba International, has been operating for the past two years both with national and international flights to destinations including Spain, Benin, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast and Senegal. The country is currently served by major international carriers including Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, and Ethiopian Airways.
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
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SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea