International Air Transport Association

The North-South air traffic control link

After this week’s decision by North Korea to stop answering a military hotline between border control posts at the Kaesong Industrial Zone, there remains just one known link through which North and South Koreans can still directly speak: an air traffic control connection between Seoul…


How satellite helped open up North Korea’s airspace

Back in 1998 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) improved its network connection into North Korea by linking the country’s air traffic control system via satellite. The link, via Asiasat 2, was outlined in a presentation that was sent to me soon after. I hadn’t…