The current Director of Air Navigation Services, Enrique Maurer, will take over for Ángel Luis Arias as ENAIRE's CEO on 10 June.

At its meeting on Wednesday at the Madrid-Torrejón de Ardoz Control Centre, ENAIRE's Governing Board endorsed a natural succession that guarantees continuity in the strategic policies adopted by Spain's air navigation services provider, as laid out in the public entity's 2025 Flight Plan. Not surprisingly, Maurer has been "number two" at the Company since his appointment in 2017 as the Director of Air Navigation Services.

With the appointment of Enrique Maurer as ENAIRE's new CEO, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda (MITMA) is once again endorsing a highly technical individual as the head of a company that provides critical services and infrastructures for the State.

Nine years after ENAIRE was established, and eight years after being appointed CEO, Ángel Luis Arias personally decided to leave the after achieving the goals he set when he established ENAIRE, and overcoming the greatest aviation crisis, during which the state operator contributed decisively to the recovery of the aviation sector, having emerged from the crisis with zero debt and some of the lowest air navigation charges in Europe

Over all these years, ENAIRE has profoundly transformed and modernised its businesses, boosting investment in technology and innovation and increasing its workforce to become one of Europe's air navigation leaders thanks to a service and work ethic that are highly renowned globally for their safety, quality, efficiency, innovation and sustainability.

Also noteworthy is the signing of a new collective agreement with air controllers after 24 years with no agreements between the company and trade unions, thus achieving peace and unity amongst the entire team of ENAIRE professionals.

Under Ángel Luis Arias's leadership, safety and sustainability in the management of flights were prioritised, as was the quality of its services, all as part of the organisation's successive strategic plans, the 2020 Flight Plan and the 2025 Flight Plan, which also provided the impetus for the recovery of domestic air transport following the Covid-19 crisis. As a result, ENAIRE and CRIDA, its research, development and innovation subsidiary, received the 2021 CANSO Global Air Safety Award at the 2022 World ATM Congress, along with congratulations from the European Network Manager (EUROCONTROL) for the quality of its services in the first year of record traffic (2022) following the pandemic.

ENAIRE has also been the European leader in the efficiency of its Safety Management System since 2019, achieving and maintaining the highest possible result since 2020 (100%).

ENAIRE's hitherto CEO will be the new permanent representative of Spain to the ICAO Council in Montreal, replacing Víctor Aguado.