The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association was constituted in Amsterdam on 19th and 20th October 1961, as a result of the efforts of a group of air traffic controllers to federate and further the interests of the air traffic control profession at the international level.
In 1959, the Swiss Association suggested to explore the possibilities of world wide federation o Air Traffic Controllers. The meeting was held in Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany. It was felt at the time that it was too early to expect such far-flung interest, and, accordingly, plans were made to draft a constitution for a European Federation only: the European Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (EFATCA).
A working group prepared a draft constitution, which was ratified by 12 Founder Member Associations: Austria, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany (F.R.), Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland.
The Constitutional Conference, held in Amsterdam in 1961, decided to expand to a world-wide forum and constituted the Federation as the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations. It’s main aim was the furtherance of safe and efficient air navigation and the protection of their common professional interests.