CAAC Raises Wages for Air Traffic Controllers, Launches Pilot System Reform

Chen Shanshan / Yicai

2016-12-07

(Yicai Global) Dec. 7 -- A regulator affiliated to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has outlined plans to raise wages for the frontline air traffic controllers and launch pilot system reforms in the wake of a close shave between two passenger aircrafts at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport several months ago.

The regulator will raise subsidy standards for air traffic controllers in a differentiated way starting from the new year, insiders told Yicai Global. Subsidy standards will rise substantially for air traffic controllers in four regions -- Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xinjiang, where workloads are heavy.

In terms of distribution system reform, it will be diverted toward workers working on the frontline, at the grassroots level and in the technology field to highlight the responsibility and accountability of frontline air traffic controllers and enhance their development opportunities, the CAAC said.

Air traffic controllers are known to be well-paid in Europe and the US. However, salaries of air traffic controllers in China are just a fraction of those of their US and European counterparts, leading to brain drain.