On 7 December Entry Point North and Belgocontrol signed a joint venture agreement establishing a new training site in Brussels. The new jointly owned academy will be opened in 2018 and will provide ATC, ATSEP and various other training requirements for Belgocontrol staff.

The academy in Belgium will be the seventh city where Entry Point North has an active presence. Its current sites are successfully running operations in Malmö, Budapest, Shannon, Dublin, Copenhagen and Madrid. The joint venture with Belgocontrol will create a new subsidiary which will operate under the name of Entry Point North Belgium. Belgocontrol and Entry Point North will each hold 50% ownership of the new subsidiary.

This joint venture will provide Belgocontrol with a high-quality training that is tailored to the needs of the company in a cost-efficient way. The new training organisation will benefit from Entry Point North’s know-how and substantial experience based on their internationally renowned training methodology and philosophy, while Belgocontrol contributes with its staff and infrastructure.

“Entry Point North is a trustworthy partner with the highest professional standards. The partnerships they have already built with other European air traffic control centres -each and every one of which is successful- are proof of that. Through this joint venture, we wish to establish a strong foothold in the Single European Sky of tomorrow,”

– says Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO

“Entry Point North is honoured to be awarded this important contract. While delivering training in Malmö for new air traffic control trainees from Belgium in the past few years, we have established an excellent relationship with Belgocontrol and are looking forward to continuing our cooperation. We see Belgium as an attractive location for any third-party customers in the future,”

– says Anne Kathrine Jensen, Entry Point North CEO