South Africa's Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has won the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Top Regional Training Partner award for the second consecutive year. The award celebrated the academy's achievements in human capital development within the air transport industry in 2012.

The group, which has trained more than 9000 international and local students since April 2000, had to provide no less than 30 IATA-accredited courses and train more than 500 students a year to qualify.

ATNS, in partnership with Airways New Zealand, last year unveiled its latest three-dimensional air traffic control simulator, which was able to recreate any airport terrain globally and simulate virtually any flight condition or operational difficulty to prepare candidates for the real thing.