Singapore extends global aviation training for developing countries another 3 years

Air traffic controllers work inside the iconic Changi Airport control tower.
Air traffic controllers work inside the iconic Changi Airport control tower. ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

SINGAPORE - Global aviation training in Singapore is moving up a notch with a fresh US $2.25 million ($3 million ) fund injection to support programmes for developing countries.

Announcing the decision to extend the Singapore-ICAO developing countries training programme (DCTP ) another three years from 2016 to 2018, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the republic is fully committed to the initiative.

Speaking at an industry gathering at the Singapore Aviation Academy on Wednesday , Mr Lui said the programme which started in 2001 will be expanded to take in more participants.

To date, more than 700 international participants from 120 countries have benefited from the training programme, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) , Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, who was also at the event said he is "deeply appreciative" of Singapore's support.