NATS in Swanwick loses Gatwick contact to German rivals

Jobs threat after NATS misses out on key contract

Jobs threat after NATS misses out on key contract

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JOBS at the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) in Hampshire could be under threat after the company lost out on a major contract.

The firm was outbid by German firm Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) to provide air traffic control services at Gatwick.

The service to navigate planes travelling under 4,000, has been provided by NATS for 30 years but after a competitive tendering process Gatwick announced the 10 year contract would go to DFS.

NATS, based at Swanwick near Fareham will continue to navigate air traffic above 4,000ft.

Mike Stoller, Director of Operations, Airports for NATS said: “We are extremely disappointed that the highly competitive bid we submitted to Gatwick has been unsuccessful. We have added considerable value to Gatwick in recent years, building it to the point where with 55 movements an hour it significantly out-performs every other single runway airport in the world.”

The firm said it was too early to say if jobs would go.

Gatwick bosses said following a period of transition, it was anticipated DFS would start work in October 2015.

Chief executive officer Stewart Wingate said: "Gatwick operates the busiest and most efficient single runway airport in the world. Naturally safety comes first in everything that we do.

"DFS is a well-known and well-respected provider in this industry and across Europe and has demonstrated a forward looking approach to its business which matches our own ambitious plans to grow."

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11:06am Sat 19 Jul 14

cliffwalker says...

The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract.
The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract. cliffwalker
  • Score: 5

11:44am Sat 19 Jul 14

skatesrslime says...

cliffwalker wrote:
The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract.
lucky he didn't put a "u " in place of the "o "
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract.[/p][/quote]lucky he didn't put a "u " in place of the "o " skatesrslime
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

loosehead says...

Whilst we're part of the EU we can't stop German or any other EU company bidding for contracts in this country but how can it be about costs?
This is about Air Safety & if the company already doing it has experience & a good track record why wasn't it offered to them? how can safety be about costs?
Whilst we're part of the EU we can't stop German or any other EU company bidding for contracts in this country but how can it be about costs? This is about Air Safety & if the company already doing it has experience & a good track record why wasn't it offered to them? how can safety be about costs? loosehead
  • Score: 6

11:58am Sat 19 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

cliffwalker wrote:
The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract.
I picked up a perfectly good spellchecker on E-bay this week for £7.99 including post.
Maybe the Echo can purchase one each for their junior cub reporters and put it on expenses.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: The twelve year old Echo employee who wrote this headline missed out the "r" in contract.[/p][/quote]I picked up a perfectly good spellchecker on E-bay this week for £7.99 including post. Maybe the Echo can purchase one each for their junior cub reporters and put it on expenses. burgerboy
  • Score: 7

2:37pm Sat 19 Jul 14

mike coll says...

What we have lost here is the focus.
NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs.
You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.
What we have lost here is the focus. NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs. You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories. mike coll
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

mike coll wrote:
What we have lost here is the focus.
NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs.
You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.
Maybe it was won by a German company but the chances are it will be run by the British .....
[quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: What we have lost here is the focus. NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs. You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.[/p][/quote]Maybe it was won by a German company but the chances are it will be run by the British ..... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -3

7:23pm Sat 19 Jul 14

mike coll says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
mike coll wrote:
What we have lost here is the focus.
NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs.
You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.
Maybe it was won by a German company but the chances are it will be run by the British .....
Ho Yes,
Brits may work in the service BUT the profit is lost to germany,
Do you really think the chinese and frogs who are building your new nuclear power station are going to be good guys and keep all the profits in the U.K?
BUT again my point is this, we do not have similar infrastructure footholds in mainland europe, 1st they dont entertain our bids, 2nd, those on mainland europe protect their domestic market.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: What we have lost here is the focus. NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs. You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.[/p][/quote]Maybe it was won by a German company but the chances are it will be run by the British .....[/p][/quote]Ho Yes, Brits may work in the service BUT the profit is lost to germany, Do you really think the chinese and frogs who are building your new nuclear power station are going to be good guys and keep all the profits in the U.K? BUT again my point is this, we do not have similar infrastructure footholds in mainland europe, 1st they dont entertain our bids, 2nd, those on mainland europe protect their domestic market. mike coll
  • Score: 1

7:00am Sun 20 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

That's a big problem with losing publicly owned businesses & selling them off to the private sector, profit is then the sole driver for running that enterprise. Also as with the above article, that said enterprise is then put up for tender & is poached by another country; Safety verses profit, doesn't bare thinking about when you are talking about traffic control..
That's a big problem with losing publicly owned businesses & selling them off to the private sector, profit is then the sole driver for running that enterprise. Also as with the above article, that said enterprise is then put up for tender & is poached by another country; Safety verses profit, doesn't bare thinking about when you are talking about traffic control.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 1

7:34am Sun 20 Jul 14

skeptik says...

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Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no Its letter perfect awl the weigh My chequer tolled me sew. skeptik
  • Score: -2

5:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Charlie Bucket says...

loosehead wrote:
Whilst we're part of the EU we can't stop German or any other EU company bidding for contracts in this country but how can it be about costs?
This is about Air Safety & if the company already doing it has experience & a good track record why wasn't it offered to them? how can safety be about costs?
Everything is about costs, sadly.

“I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”

John Glenn, astronaut
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Whilst we're part of the EU we can't stop German or any other EU company bidding for contracts in this country but how can it be about costs? This is about Air Safety & if the company already doing it has experience & a good track record why wasn't it offered to them? how can safety be about costs?[/p][/quote]Everything is about costs, sadly. “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.” John Glenn, astronaut Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Sun 20 Jul 14

roofspace says...

mike coll wrote:
What we have lost here is the focus.
NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs.
You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.
You are getting your "Labours" mixed up this is not "liar labour" but the "New Labour" of Tony "Liar" Blair and his cohorts who turned the Labour Party of Hugh Gaitskell and Harold Wilson into the left wing of Margaret Thatchers Tory Party.
[quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: What we have lost here is the focus. NATS was sold off, the U.K taxpayer used to own this service, I am not anti europe, I live in mainland europe BUT you show me where the U.K runs a similar sub 4,000 ft service in Germany, France, Spain etc, WE DONT, BUT we allow a free market to operate here which in the end costs U.K skilled jobs. You get what you vote for, but then liar labour were and are as bad as the tories.[/p][/quote]You are getting your "Labours" mixed up this is not "liar labour" but the "New Labour" of Tony "Liar" Blair and his cohorts who turned the Labour Party of Hugh Gaitskell and Harold Wilson into the left wing of Margaret Thatchers Tory Party. roofspace
  • Score: 0

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