Airport Expert

Rebeca Hernández Montero

Being part of an international aviation organisation is an extraordinary opportunity. I find working with ANSPs, airports and airlines inspiring. Together with Approach and Tower Air Traffic Controllers, we enhance traffic throughput at airports across Europe, in spite of pre-existing limitations unique to each airport.

I completed a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Saragossa followed by a Master’s Degree in Business Administration for Aerospace, sponsored by Airbus, while practising Supply Chain Management at Airbus in Seville.

I became aware of EUROCONTROL at the end of my studies when its Graduate Programme was about to be launched. EUROCONTROL welcomed me as a Graduate with their in-depth induction programme. I was given the opportunity to become fluent in French and HR gave me practical help for travelling to Brussels with an Installation allowance.

In 2012, the Graduate programme consisted of three intense years and assignments. I was privileged to work with the Airport Unit, the Pan-European Planning, Monitoring and Reporting Unit and the European Aeronautical Information Management Unit. This experience allowed me to gain a good understanding of different services and Directorates, to build a professional network and to get to know our stakeholders better.

In 2016, I joined the Network Manager’s Airport Unit. Here, I conduct “Airport Capacity Studies”: I travel to airports, spending most of my time at the control tower collecting dedicated sets of data that I analyse. I do this in direct cooperation with our stakeholders: we exchange a lot of information and run a series of forums and workshops. Thanks to this cooperation, at the end of the project, we can make some proposals for enhancing airport operations.

One of the things I really like about EUROCONTROL is that out of my 15 colleagues there are 10 different nationalities with diverse backgrounds. We work hard but we also have fun. When not travelling for work, I like to play tennis with my colleagues from the EUROCONTROL Tennis Club. There are many opportunities to practise your favourite sport through the International EUROCONTROL Staff Association (AIPE).

Aviation is constantly evolving with the new demands of the aircraft operators and technological advances. I look forward to my future with the Network Manager Airport Unit as we work together to meet the new challenges that airports face across the Network.