October 20 is The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller. This day not only marks the anniversary of IFATCA (the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations was founded on October 20, 1961), it also celebrates the men and women who help to make air travel the safest mode of transport 24/7.
On any given moment, thousands of flights (anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000, according to Flightradar24) fly through the international skies. On average, close to 10,000 planes are sky-bound, carrying well over a million people. These people all rely on Air Traffic Controllers, who efficiently and safely coordinate the movements of these planes.