Introducing CANSO

CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of air traffic management (ATM) worldwide. CANSO Members support almost 90 percent of world air traffic. Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air navigation services (ANS) on the ground and in the air. CANSO represents its Members’ views to a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, where it has official Observer status. CANSO has an extensive network of Associate Members drawn from across the aviation industry.

CANSO’s Articles of Association describe how the organisation is governed. It is a binding agreement between CANSO and its Members. The Articles describe CANSO’s duties and obligations towards its membership, and the duties and obligations of the Members towards CANSO, in order for the organisation to function in a smooth, effective and sustainable way.

CANSO Charter and Articles of Association: download and read as a PDF - please scroll down to the end of this page

CANSO organisation

CANSO is organised across five regions with a region director and staff in each region; and three programme areas (safety, operations, strategy and integration) with a programme manager responsible for each area. CANSO also has a presence in Montreal to act as the global voice of air traffic management with the International Civil Aviation Organization. CANSO’s central functions include the Director General, finance, administration, communications, events, development and membership. An organisation chart can be found here and individual staff responsibilities can be found on the CANSO staff page.

What We Do

Within the overall context of promoting safe and efficient air navigation service provision, CANSO seeks to:

  • Maintain an international forum for developing and exchanging ideas on current air traffic management related issues and forming distinct CANSO policies and positions
  • Develop an international network for air navigation services (ANS) experts to enable information exchange between specific air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and other stakeholders to promote best practice within ATM
  • Liaise with other transport industry stakeholders, particularly airlines, industry suppliers and airports, for the overall benefit of the aviation industry
  • Contribute to the continuing global air transport debate through presenting and promoting the ANSP perspective across the range of contemporary issues in the industry
  • Represent the views and interests of Members at relevant international institutions, particularly the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • Promote and support international legislation, regulations and agreements that strengthen the position of Members


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