Spanish pilots protest European English decision

English will soon be the official language for Spanish airports.

A EUROPEAN regulation is to force Spanish pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate only in English.

The new rule has been put in place to improve air safety by reducing communication problems in European airports. However, Spanish pilots are requesting an exception so they can continue to use Spanish wherever possible.

The Ministry of Development is meeting with the pilots to discuss how it would be possible use both languages while ensuring the highest levels of security. The unions who represent the pilots and air traffic control workers have asked the government to put in a request so they can continue to use Spanish in certain circumstances and not just English.


The government has been placed in a tricky position as Spain was one of the countries involved in drafting the new legislation. Officials pushing for these changes are also tight for time as they have to meet the deadlines set by the European Union for their proposal to be successful. 


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